Ligue 1 – Match-day 18: Reims v Saint-Étienne

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The Stade Auguste Delaune sees Saturday action as Reims take on ASSE – 9:00pm GMT.

Saturday’s clash between Reims and ASSE, sees fourteenth take on twentieth in the League.

Reims’ campaign so far has seen them accrue 19 points this season

Reims suffered a home loss to Angers SCO in their last outing, they will doubtless be keen get a positive outcome in this fixture.

Also, Reims keep finding ways to win, having secured two victories in their last three matches is astonishing this season. With 19 points (4W, 6L and 7D), they are established in fourteenth position in the League having won four fixtures, drawn seven meetings, and lost six games.

When Reims host ASSE, they will do so on the back of two victories, three darts, and three defeats on their own ground.

Winning this fixture will see Reims on 22 points.

It is likely that eight key players will miss Saturday’s fixture, which is something of a concern for Oscar Garcia and his Reims team.

Saint-Étienne under pressure for a result as they go to fancied Reims on Saturday

Whilst ASSE need a positive result from this fixture, they cannot afford to throw caution to the wind. Another successive defeat for Saints after losing against Rennes and Brest would represent a worrying sign of where they are just now.

Also, ASSE may not want to consider the prospect of relegation this season, but they are going to have to change their ways if they are to avoid it. Saints have lost nine of 14 fixtures. They currently stand twentieth in the League, with 12 points for a total of 2 wins, 9 losses and 6 draws having won two fixtures, drawn six matches, and lost nine meetings.

ASSE now travel, knowing that their current away form is woeful. So far this season they have won one game, drawn two fixtures, and lost five meetings matches on the road.

A win in this fixture would take Saint-Étienne’s points to 15 in the League.

ASSE’s squad will likely be depleted of four of their key players when they start on Saturday, due to injury or illness.

Reims v Saint-Étienne – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels the clubs have previously met each other 14 times with the result being six wins and six draws for Reims. Further, the local
teamhas not been able todefeat ASSE on any of the past 10 games. In their most recent meeting of this fixture was February 2021 and the score line ended up with a 1-1 draw. As we can see both teams have scored in their last match and the likelihood of both sides scoring on Saturday is rated at 51.02%.

Reims to win – probability = 45.25 percent.

Performance Report

For Reims, Hugo Ekitike scored
seven goals in 17 League matches this Ligue 1 Season, while Wahbi Khazri is a top performing player who has scored
seven goals in 17 League games for ASSE.

Other standout players for Reims are Wout Faes and Moreto Cassama with two goals and two goals respectively and for ASSE are Denis Bouanga and Saidou Sow with three goals and two goals respectively.

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