Preview - Reims vs Strasbourg 16 December 18

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Match Day 15
Reims vs. Strasbourg
Sunday, December 16th 2018
03:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Auguste-Delaune

Last five matches form: L W D L D
Average goals per match: 0.65
Average goals against per match: 0.88
Top Scorer: RĂ©mi Oudin (3)

Last five matches form: D L W D D
Average goals per match: 1.59
Average goals against per match: 1.24
Top Scorer: Lebo Mothiba (7)

A real contrast in styles in this game on Match Day 18 in Ligue 1 as attack minded Strasbourg make the trip to the Stade Auguste-Delaune to take on defensively oriented Reims.

These two sides last locked horns in competitive action in the 2016/17 season when they were both down in Ligue 2. Reims hold the narrow edge historically with three wins to two for Strasbourg.

Reims look set to be at full strength for this one with no absentees reported. Strasbourg must do without Lionel Carole, Jeremy Grimm and Idriss Saadi.

Reims style may not be the easiest on the eye at times. It does nevertheless make them pretty tough to beat though, with David Guion's side having lost just three of their past 13 in Ligue 1. A run good enough to see them sitting comfortably in mid-table in eleventh spot. The fact that seven of their past eight home games have featured one or fewer goals is a testament to just how tight Reims like to make their games.

Strasbourg play a more open style but have proven even tougher to master than Reims with just the two defeats in their past thirteen. Both teams have scored in seven of their past nine. They do tend to find things pretty tough on the road though having won just two of their past eighteen away in Ligue 1.

There's an old saying that a good defence beats a good offence, and we feel that may just be borne out here in a narrow home win.

Prediction: Reims 1 - 0 Strasbourg


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  8 - 4
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 55% - 45%

Just the one booking for each side in this one with referee Florent Batta taking the names of Alaixys Romao of Reims and Stefan Mitrovic of Strasbourg.

A relatively tight and evenly contested encounter as the sides close league positions headed into this game suggested that it might be. Reims were just about the better side on the night though from a visual perspective - an impression backed up by the stats - and as such were just about worthy winners.

Reims certainly got off to a flyer, with the home side taking the lead in just the sixth minute. A ball into the box being cleared to the edge of the area, but only into the path of Mousa Doumbia arriving slightly to the left-hand side. Doumbia's first time strike was far from true, but it was on target and bounced twice on the way through before finding the bottom right corner.

Reims had the best of it for the bulk of the first half, with Strasbourg narrowly avoiding an own goal when an effort was cleared off the line following a corner. 1-0 at the break.

Two minutes into the second half, the away side were back on level terms. Jonas Martin picking up the ball deep on the left and driving through the challenges to fire in a cross come shot from just outside the area. Eduardo Mendy got down to it but could only push the ball out to Adrien Thomasson to finish into the bottom left from around eight yards.

What turned out to be the winner for Reims came in the 66th minute. Mathieu Cafaro had only been on the pitch for two minutes when he lined up a free kick close to 30 yards from goal. The way Reims were set up it looked for all the world to be a cross into the area. Cafaro went straight for goal though, curling a fine effort into the top right corner. 2-1 final score.

Reims move up above Strasbourg and into eighth with this win. Strasbourg drop down to ninth.

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