Ligue 1 – Match-day 8 Sees Reims take on Nantes

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Reims at home against Nantes – Sunday – 3:00pm GMT – The Stade Auguste Delaune.

It’s a clash of fifteenth vs eighth, as Reims host Nantes at the Stade Auguste Delaune.

Reims arrive at this fixture, having secured seven points so far this season

The warning signs are there for Oscar Garcia going into this game, following a loss to Lille in their last game and a draw against FC Lorient before that. Only a positive result will be good enough.

Reims are quickly becoming the Ligue 1’s draw specialists, having recorded four in their last seven fixtures. Their position is fifteenth in the League, and they have seven points having won one game, drawn four meetings, and lost two games.

Playing at home, Reims have drawn two games and lost one game.

A victory for Reims would put them on 10 points.

Reims may have to resort to second choice players, given the number of first choice players that are now unavailable through injury, illness or suspension.

Nantes have 10 points to their name, going into this tie

With Nantes having secured all three points on their two previous outings, Antoine Kombouare’s men will doubtless be looking to retain their run after this fixture.

With 10 points, they currently sit eighth in the League having won three fixtures, drawn one game, and lost three meetings.

Nantes have won one game, drawn one game, and lost one game of their three League matches on the road this season.

Winning this fixture will see Nantes on 13 points.

Nantes are missing two players through injury or illness. This will affect Antoine Kombouare’s selection choices significantly.

Reims v Nantes – Head-to-Head.

The teams have already faced each other 18 times with the record being seven victories and six draws for Reims. In addition, the two sides have been unable to break the dead-lock on five occasions out of the last 10 fixtures, resulting in draws. Their most recent encounter in this competition was March 2021, when Nantes walked away as 1-2 winners. Previous matches between these teams have been high-scoring affairs and the odds of both sides finding the net on Sunday are high (49.26%) so it should be an entertaining match.

Reims to win – probability = 40.16 percent.