Preview - Strasbourg vs Reims 10 February 20

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Feb 08, 2020, 10:37 PM Last Edit: Feb 08, 2020, 11:27 PM by Harry85
Match Day 24
Strasbourg vs. Reims
Monday, February 10th 2020
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Meinau

Last five matches form: W L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.22
Average goals against per match: 1.22
Top Scorer: Adrien Thomasson & Ludovic Ajorque ( 8 )

Last five matches form: L D L W D
Average goals per match: 0.96
Average goals against per match: 0.70
Top Scorer: Boulaye Dia (6)

It's ninth versus seventh at the Stade de la Mosson on Match Day 24 in Ligue 1, as Strasbourg play host to the second best defensive side in the division - Reims. Dead level on points headed into the game, this looks one of the more evenly poised matchups on the latest slate of fixtures.

There was nothing to spit the sides in the reverse of this fixture, with the game in Reims ending in a goalless draw. Strasbourg ran right away with it in the game here last season though, picking up all three points courtesy of a 4-0 success.

Lamin Koné and Anthony Caci are out injured for the home side. Arbër Zeneli looks like being the only absentee for Reims.

Strasbourg have been pretty solid at home so far this season in only losing three of eleven, including wins in six of their last eight here. They have conceded two or more in five of eleven. It would be advisable to avoid conceding at all in this one - always the case anyway, but all the more so considering the defence they are up against.

Reims have conceded one or fewer in nine of eleven on the road overall. On the other side of the coin they have also scored one or fewer in eight of eleven - with their four-goal salvo at Angers in their most recent away outing very much being the exception rather than the rule.

The league table can't split these two at present, and we are finding it tough to do so in this game. Draw.

Prediction: Strasbourg 1 - 1 Reims


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots: 12 - 5
Shots on target: 5 - 0
Corner Kicks: 9 - 8
Possession: 49% - 51%

Dimitri Leinard was the only player booked for the home side in this one, with El Bilal Toure and Moussa Doumbia of Reims also having their names taken by referee Thomas Leonard.

A thoroughly deserved win for the home side, as Reims for once didn't look quite so solid at the back. The visitors did just shade possession, but were unable to muster even a single effort on target from their time on the ball, and as such can have no complaints at the outcome of this one.

The first half did play out like a standard Reims game, with very little of note from either side from an attacking perspective. Goalless at the interval.

The opener arrived just five minutes into the second half. A corner from the left-hand side just hitting Stefan Mitrović around six yards out to the right really, but rebounding very kindly for Alexander Djiku inside the six-yard box to the right. Djiku directing a header in to the left hand side.

The second arrived eight minutes from time. Majeed Waris attacking down the centre and driving towards the edge of the area. A quick one-two with Ludovic Ajorque to the left and Waris was slotting home down the middle from six yards.

Still time for one more in the third minute of added on time. Marshall Munetsi first losing the ball to Lionel Carole and then bringing him down in the area. Penalty kick. Kenny Lala stepping up to calmly dispatch into the bottom right corner. 3-0 final score.

Strasbourg leapfrog Reims with this result, moving up to sixth spot whilst Reims drop down to tenth.

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