Preview - Reims vs Nantes 17 March 19

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Match Day 29
Reims vs. Nantes
Sunday, March 17th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Auguste Delaune

Reims: 
Last five matches form: D W W D W
Average goals per match: 1.07
Average goals against per match: 0.96
Top Scorer: RĂ©mi Oudin ( 8 )

Nantes:
Last five matches form: L W L W D
Average goals per match: 1.15
Average goals against per match: 1.26
Top Scorer: Boshcilia & Abdul Waris (4)


Reims may not be the most spectacular side in Ligue 1, but they are one of the most solid and consistent in the division. That slow burning consistency has now taken them up to sixth in the table and has them looking like realistic contenders for a place in the top four. Only four points adrift of fourth placed Marseille heading into this game, they will be looking to keep up the heat with a win over 15th placed Nantes.


The most recent clash between the sides here came back in 2016, with Reims running out 2-1 winners that day. The game in Nantes earlier in the current campaign ended in a goalless draw.


Both sides head into this game with relatively healthy squads. Ghislain Konan looks like being the sole absentee for Reims and only Joris Kayembe misses out for Nantes.


Reims are now unbeaten in their past 12 fixtures in Ligue 1; an excellent run for one of the supposed minnows of the division. They have lost only twice in 14 games at home. Solid defensively from the off, they have improved in front of goal of late, scoring twice in five of their past six here.


Nantes are at the wrong end of the table, but do still have a nine point cushion over the bottom three. They have won three of 14 away from home this term. The most worrying stat for the visitors is that they have failed to score in six of their past seven on the road.


Reims are rolling and will likely be too well organised, and too disciplined for Nantes in this one.






Prediction: Reims 2 - 0 Nantes


Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  10 -7
Shots on target: 2 - 1
Corner Kicks: 7 - 3
Possession: 50% - 50%

Rahman Baba, Tristan Dingome, Moussa Doumbia and Pablo Chavarria all had their names taken for the home side. Referee Johann Hamel also booked Fabio of Nantes who then had Andrei dismissed for a second yellow in the 89th minute.


Reims may not be the most entertaining side to watch, but they do have an admirable ability to draw teams into the type of game which suits themselves. Namely hard fought, low scoring encounters. More importantly they have an uncanny ability to come out on top in such tight encounters and did so again here.


The home side were the first to put pressure on the opposition goal. A fine run from Arber Zeneli staring deep in his own half and ending with a ball into the area for Remi Oudin who could only fire straight at the keeper. Nantes eventually clearing following some ping pong in the area.


Boulaye Dia had an excellent chance not long after but could only fire wide when well placed in the area. 0-0 at the break.


The games decisive moment arrived in the 59th minute. Remi Oudin receiving the ball on the left-hand side and driving into the area across two markers before unleashing a rocket of a strike into the top right corner from just inside the left corner of the eighteen yard box.


Nantes did belatedly show some attacking intent in the closing stages, but the Reims defence weren't about to give up their lead, and didn't. 1-0 final score.


Reims stay sixth but are now just a solitary point behind fourth placed Marseille as they continue to make inroads towards Europa League qualification. Nantes are down in fifteenth but still fully nine points clear of the relegation zone.









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