Preview - Nantes vs Stade Reims 16 September 18

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Sep 15, 2018, 06:47 PM Last Edit: Sep 15, 2018, 07:18 PM by Harry85
Match Day 5
Nantes vs Stade Reims
Sunday, September 16th, 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau

Last five matches form: W L L D W
Average goals per match 17/18: 0.95
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.08
Top Scorer 17/18: Emiliano Sala (12)

Stade Reims:
Last five matches form: D W W L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.95
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.63
Top Scorer 17/18: Pablo Chavarría (14)

Newly promoted Stade Reims ought to be pretty pleased with the start they have made to the Ligue 1 season overall. Having beaten Nice and Lyon in their opening two fixtures, results have dipped in their last two games with defeats to both Amiens and Montpellier, but six points from four games is likely a total they would have taken at the start of the season.

Nantes started slowly with defeats to Monaco and Dijon, but did at least enter the international break on a high having recorded a win on the road at Strasbourg. They will be looking to build on that result back in front of their own fans.

It's honours even in the 13 previous meetings between these sides, with four wins apiece and five draws.

The injured Joris Kayembe misses out for the home side whilst Stade Reims must do without the suspended Romain Métanire.

Stade Reims have looked to play a compact style of football so far and have largely proven tough to break down - three of their four games to date have been decided by a 1-0 score line one way or the other.

Nantes keep the ball better than many sides in Ligue 1 and can be expected to prod and probe throughout here leading to a dearth of possession for the visitors who will likely look to hit on the occasional break.

This will likely be tight, but we see the home side just about having enough.

Prediction: Nantes 1 - 0 Stade Reims


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  12 - 7
Shots on target: 6 - 1
Corner Kicks: 7 - 7
Possession: 61% - 39%

Not much in the way of goalmouth action in this stalemate, but referee Eric Wattellier certainly kept himself occupied, taking the names of Diego Carlos, Valentin Rongier and Matt Miazga of Nantes and Pablo Chavarria, Moussa Doumbia, Xavier Chavalerin and Mathieu Cafaro of Stade Reims

This looked like being a low scoring, tight contest beforehand, and in the end so it proved. If there was one side who did deserve to win it though it was surely Nantes who were well in front in possession and shots and restricted the visitors to just the one shot on target across the ninety minutes.

Reims have made a solid defence the foundation for what has been a good start to the season for the newly promoted side and started in the same vein here. It was approaching the half hour mark by the time Nantes registered an effort of any description on goal.  No surprise really that we headed into half time locked at 0-0.

The second half was largely the same although Nantes did start to get a little more joy going forward. Reims seemed content to make this a niggle affair though and looked to break up play at every opportunity. A fact well illustrated by the six yellow cards which were shown in the second period.

Mission accomplished for Reims then, with every point gained on the road likely to prove crucial come the end of the season, whilst in the end this was a disappointing afternoon for Nantes.

Stade Reims sit in tenth after the result of this game, Nantes move up to seventeenth at this early stage of the season.

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