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Mar 3, 2021 at 8pm UK at La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau
NantesNantes
1-2
ReimsReims
Simon (14')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Konan (39'), Abdelhamid (89')
Faes (7'), Konan (12'), Cassama (30'), Chavalerin (70'), Abdelhamid (81')

Preview: Nantes vs. Reims - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Ligue 1 clash between Nantes and Reims, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Relegation-threatened Nantes will look to climb the Ligue 1 table when they take on Reims at home on Wednesday.

Nantes are second-last on the ladder but just two points adrift of safety, while Reims are out to push away from the chasing pack in 13th spot.


Match preview

Nantes players in a team huddle before the clash with Monaco on September 13, 2020© Reuters

La Maison Jaune have struggled to notch victories this season, with just four from their 27 matches, and have a leaky defence that has already shipped 42 goals.

Finishing off opponents has been a major issue for the West coast outfit as they have registered 12 draws, the most of any side in the competition.

Nantes' past two matches have both ended in stalemates, with consecutive 1-1 results against Nimes and Marseille.

In contrast, their opponents Les Rouges et Blancs have been only marginally sharper in both attack and defence with seven wins, 10 draws and 10 defeats from their league fixtures.

Reims manager David Guion pictured in October 2020© Reuters

The bright spot for David Guion's men has been the finishing of Boulaye Dia, with the Senegalese striker in fine form banging in 12 goals in 2020-21.

However, Reims head into the contest amid a worrying five-game winless run, compounded by last week's 0-0 draw with Montpellier.

A mere seven points separates these two sides in the table, and Nantes have the opportunity to cut that gap to four on Wednesday.

The pair last met on December 16 when Reims edged a tight contest at the Stade Auguste-Delaune 3-2 thanks to Mathieu Cafaro's winner.

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Team News

Antoine Kombouare, now in charge of Nantes, pictured in 2019© Reuters

Nantes will have to make do without defenders Sebastien Corchia and Fabio da Silva, who are sidelined with muscle and knee injuries.

Forward Kalifa Coulibaly is also unavailable with a thigh complaint, but is expected to return within the next fortnight.

The key man for Nantes is attacking midfielder Ludovic Blas, with the 23-year-old top-scoring for his club with six goals and three assists this season.

Reims coach Guion has no injury concerns heading into this clash.

Nantes possible starting lineup:
Lafont; Appiah, Girotto, Castelletto, Traore; Blas, Chirivella, Toure, Louza; Simon, Kolo Muani

Reims possible starting lineup:
Rajkovic; Foket, Munetsi, Faes, Konan; Mbuku, Cassama, Berisha; Kutesa, Dia, Zeneli


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We say: Nantes 1-1 Reims

Both of these teams are increasingly desperate and have trouble turning leads into victories, with a draw the most likely result.



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