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Ligue 1: Reims vs Bordeaux preview

Kick-off: Saturday, 27 February @19:00 GMT

Venue: Stade Auguste-Delaune II (Reims)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Bordeaux vs Reims 1-2 (2015/2016 Ligue 1)
Bordeaux vs Reims 1-1 (2014/2015 Ligue 1)
Reims vs Bordeaux 1-0 (2014/2015 Ligue 1)
Reims vs Bordeaux 1-0 (2013/2014 Ligue 1)
Bordeaux vs Reims 0-0 (2013/2014 Ligue 1)

Reims vs Bordeaux prediction

Reims will be looking to escape the danger zone with a win over Bordeaux, who head into Saturday’s game at Stade Auguste-Delaune II hit by injuries. A close encounter is on the cards and it remains to be seen who will have a reason for celebration this time out.

Back-to-back defeats

Against odds, Reims suffered a 1-0 loss to Bastia in their last home fixture and, as expected, they were crushed by Reims at Parc des Princes at the weekend. Despite suffering such a heavy defeat to les Parisiens, it has to be noted that the team’s performance was anything but poor in the game against the defending champions. Olivier Guegan’s men aim to return to winning ways in the national championship and they will certainly give their best to grab something from Saturday’s match against Bordeaux. Reims have recorded no more than one win in previous ten home games in the Ligue 1, but the clash against les Girondins could be the turning point for the bottom-table side. Prince Oniangue scored his only second goal of the season at the weekend, but he will be one of the men to watch in the home team.

The likes of Peuget, Turan, Weber, Siebatcheu, Bulot, Rodriguez and Kyei are all likely to miss the game with injury, but there are no suspended players in the home team.

Bordeaux hit by injuries

Bordeaux did remarkably well to record a thrilling 4-2 win over Guingamp in their last away game in Ligue 1, but Nice managed to hold les Girondins to a goalless draw at the weekend. The 2015/2016 Ligue 1 campaign has been a mixed bag for Bordeaux so far and, as a result, they occupy tenth place in the standings with 11 matches to go. Willy Sagnol’s troops are eyeing a place in European competitions and given that a win over Reims would see them move a little closer to meeting their goal, I am positive that the visitors will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s Ligue clash. However, you should have in mind that the former Bayern Munich full back has a number of selection worries ahead of the trip to Reims and that is the main reason why away win should not be considered this time out. Cheick Diabate found the net in the 4-2 win over Guingamp, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay.

The likes of Pallois and Crivelli both return from suspension, but Contento, Lefebvre, Maulun, Pablo, Thelin, Gajic, Plasil, Carrasco, Maurice-Belay and Sertic all miss the game through injury.

Quick Facts

  • Reims failed to keep a clean sheet in previous ten home matches in the league
  • Olivier Guegan’s troops recorded only one win in last ten home fixtures in Ligue 1
  • 22 goals were scored in Bordeaux’s last five away games
  • Les Girondins are eyeing their first ever league win at Stade Auguste-Delaune II
  • Bordeaux recorded only one win in previous four league fixtures

Reims vs Bordeaux betting tip

Bordeaux head into Saturday’s match with a severely-weakened squad and seeing that Reims are desperate to make amends for the back-to-back defeats in Ligue 1, I am tempted to put my money on the hosts this time out. Reims did well to beat Bordeaux in the reverse fixture and I would not be surprised if history repeats itself on Saturday evening. When the two sides met at Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas Reims scored two late goals to beat les Girondins.

Tip: Reims draw no bet

Odds: 1.80 (4/5) @bet365

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