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.
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
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.
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
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.