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Nov 1, 2020 at 2pm UK at Stade Auguste Delaune
ReimsReims
2-1
StrasbourgStrasbourg
Kamara (22' og.), Faes (26')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Ajorque (30' pen.)
Diallo (3'), Prcic (73')

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

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Ligue 1 clash between Reims and Strasbourg, including predictions and team news.

Reims and Strasbourg will both be aiming to move out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone when they meet on Sunday.

Both sides come into the game having won in style away from home last weekend – Reims thrashing Montpellier 4-0 and Strasbourg beating Brest 3-0.


Match preview

Reims head coach David Guion pictured in January 2019© Reuters

The two clubs were not expected to find themselves in trouble this season – when the 2019-20 campaign was curtailed, Reims were in sixth and Strasbourg only three points behind in 10th.

Boulaye Dia became the first player in 42 years to score a top-flight hat-trick for Les Rouges et Blancs as they defeated Montpellier.

However La Paillade did have two players sent off in the first half, making it somewhat easier for David Guion's side to assert their dominance.

Nonetheless, it was the first ray of light in a poor season so far for Reims that has seen them knocked out of the Europa League in the third qualifying round and go on a four-game losing streak in Ligue 1.

They will now seek a first home win of the campaign, having lost all three previous games at Stade Auguste-Delaune, scoring just one goal.

Strasbourg manager Thierry Laurey pictured in February 2020© Reuters

Strasbourg's win over Brest was their first on the road in 2020-21, thanks to goals from Ludovic Ajorque, Habib Diallo and Kenny Lala.

It was a second goal in as many games for Diallo since joining from Metz at the start of the month and he already looks a smart addition.

At the other end of the pitch, only Brest and Dijon have conceded more goals than Strasbourg, leaving them with work to do at the back.

They will be without both manager Thierry Laurey and assistant manager Fabien Lefevre on Sunday as the pair have tested positive for coronavirus and must now self-isolate.

Reims Ligue 1 form: LLLDLW
Reims form (all competitions): LDLDLW

Strasbourg Ligue 1 form: LWLLLW


Team News

Strasbourg goalkeeper Bingourou Kamara pictured in the 2019 Coupe de La Ligue final© Reuters

As well as Laurey and Lefevre, Strasbourg midfielder Jean-Eudes Aholou is also COVID-positive so is unavailable for selection by interim boss Jean-Marc Kuentz.

Adrien Thomasson should come in to replace the Ivorian as the only change following such a comprehensive win last weekend.

Similarly, David Guion could stick with the same side that beat Montpellier in the hope that he has finally found the winning formula.

Anastasios Donis is available again after suspension, but Moreto Cassama and Xavier Chavalerin are both currently serving bans.

Reims possible starting lineup:
Rajkovic; Foket, Faes, Abdelhamid, Smet; Cafaro, Munetsi, Berisha; Mbuku, Dia, Sierhuis

Strasbourg possible starting lineup:
Kamara; Lala, Simakan, Mitrovic, Djiku, Caci; Bellegarde, Thomasson, Sissoko; Diallo, Ajorque


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We say: Reims 2-2 Strasbourg

Both teams will fancy their chances of getting a second win in a row and we could see plenty of goals in a tight, well-matched affair that may ultimately end up level.


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