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Reims–OL: A chance to strike first (9PM, Canal + Sport)

Published on 12 March 2021 at 6:00 AM
Reims – OL : Un coup à jouer  (21h, Canal + Sport)
OL are headed to face Stade de Reims for Matchday 29 in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. After their win against Rennes last week, Les Gones will have to keep up their strong away form.

The context

A narrow victory against Rennes (1-0), then a more comprehensive win against Sochaux in the Coupe de France with a rotated team (5-2); OL are in good form before their trip to Reims. Unbeaten away from home since September, Rudi Garcia's side owe it to themselves to continue this streak. A second consecutive victory in the league would be ideal for the Lyonnais who have struggled to string together two wins for a month, dating to their defeat at home against Montpellier. Finally, with the run-in approaching slowly but surely, there is no longer any question of the potential issues caused by dropping points along the way.


The challenge

Monaco's defeat in Strasbourg last week created some breathing room in what had looked like being a four-way fight for the title. The Monegasques are now four points behind OL in fourth place. It's misstep which benefits the three leading teams who, for their part, are all still within three points of each other. And with a clash between Monaco and Lille looming, OL, against Reims, and PSG, who host Nantes, have a chance to make a play for top spot this weekend, before facing each other next week at Groupama Stadium. Once again, Les Gones will have to think of themselves above all, before thinking of the other teams and victory on Friday night would allow them to spend the rest of the weekend in good spirits, whatever the other results of the round.


The opponent

With 34 points from 28 matches, Stade de Reims have essentially the same record as last year when the league season was stopped (38 points from 27 rounds). David Guion's men rank twelfth and are on course to stay in Ligue 1 for a third consecutive season. Their last victory win, away to Nantes, allowed them get back in form as they recorded their first victory since the end of January. Nevertheless, the Marnais side remain vulnerable at the Delaune where they have not won since January 24 and remain stuck on four consecutive draws in the league and a defeat in the Coupe de France against Valenciennes at home in the Round of 64. It's a fragility that the Lyonnais will have to exploit, as they have not won there since 2015.



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