In-spite losing 1-0 Toulouse weren’t that bad last round away at Evian. They haven’t won yet in 2015 but judging by performances in the field they are slowly improving.
The defensive phase looks better as Grigore is gradually adapting to his new tasks. Grigore usually plays as a central defender but in 2015 he was converted to a defensive midfielder.
The attacking phase also improved with forward Braithwaite moved on the left flank. He was very active last round, penetrated the penalty box a few times, but unfortunately he couldn’t find the net.
In comparison to last round hosts will have to do without fullback Ninkov who is suspended.
Reims were very lucky to get away with a point last round against Lens (finished 0-0). Lens controlled the game, had the best of chances but failed when trying to apply the finishing touch.
Reims have maybe the poorest defense in Ligue1 in 2015 and coach Vasseur was forced to use 5 defenders in the attempt to boost the defensive potential. Although they haven’t conceded (mostly because of opponents’ inefficiency) there is no real improvement since there are still many open spaces ready to be exploited.
Against Toulouse more defensive problems than usual should be expected as Reims will have to convert a player to the right fullback position since Glombard suffered an injury last round (right-back Mandi is away at African Cup of Nations and the other right-back Conte injured).
An out-of-form and decimated Reims is the perfect opponent for Toulouse to get their first victory of the year. Toulouse -0.75 at 2.20
UPDATE: In comparison to last round guests will miss forward Charbonnier who is suspended.
Toulouse: Ahamada, Boucher – Yago, Grigore, Moubandje, Larabi, Spano – Bodiger, Trichard, E.Didot, Blin, Regattin, Trejo, Sirieix – Braithwaite, Ben Yedder, Pesic, Dianessy
Reims: Ahamada, Boucher – Yago, Grigore, Moubandje, Larabi, Spano – Bodiger, Trichard, E.Didot, Blin, Regattin, Trejo, Sirieix – Braithwaite, Ben Yedder, Pesic, Dianessy