Reims made an excellent game last round away at Guingamp (won 2-1), and although they played against 10 for about half an hour, that shouldn’t take away any credit.
Defenders were precise in interventions and clearances, central midfielders seemed to have iron lungs and participated in both the defensive and offensive phase, and forwards were very active, both with and without the ball.
It was a pleasure to see Reims so confident and looking exactly like they did in the first rounds when they drew 1-1 against PSG.
Hosts will have to do without fullback Traore who is suspended, while central defender Weber is doubtful. On the other hand they will welcome back defensive midfielder Kankava.
A couple of rounds ago it appeared that Troyes were picking up some form regardless the negative results. But unfortunately it was a false alarm as last round Troyes were clearly outplayed on home ground (lost 3-0 against Toulouse).
They had many shots on target but the reality is most of them went straight into the keeper and even helped him set a new record (most saves for Toulouse this season).
Defenders were often caught on the wrong foot, both on counters but also when opponents build up play slowly. There was nothing keeper Bernardoni could do and he was overwhelmed by all the incoming danger.
Guests will have to do without important attacking midfielder Darbion who was involved in most of Troyes’ offensive actions last round.
Form and confidence clearly point out the winner. Reims -0.75 at 2.00
UPDATE: Reims’ winger Diego is available again after injury.
Reims: K.Agassa, Placide – M.Fofana, A.Mandi, Signorino, Tacalfred, A.Turan – Devaux, O.Fortes, Bulot, Kankava, Mfulu, Oniangué, Peuget, D.Rigonato – De Preville, Ngog, Siebatcheu
Troyes: Bernardoni, Dreyer – M.Dabo, J.Martial, Mavinga, Ngcongca, Saunier, Veskovac – T.Ayasse, Camus, Court, L.Karaboué, Nivet, Pi, Othon, Thiago, Cabot – Jean, Perea