Competition: Ligue 1
Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 8/11 @ BetUS
In what could prove to be an enjoyable showdown from the Stade Auguste-Delaune on Saturday afternoon, Reims will welcome Lorient to town.
Starting with the hosts, while Reims might have been disappointed last season as they eventually missed out on the chance to book a top-half finish among France’s elite, Will Still’s side have their sights set on mounting a genuine European charge this time around. However, while Les Rouges might still find themselves firmly mixing it in the top-six chase, they do have the feel of a squad seeking some recent stability. Forced to settle for a 1-1 stalemate away at Toulouse last weekend on their return from October’s international break, Reims have recorded just a pair of wins from any of their previous six League 1 appearances – a run that stems back to a 3-1 victory against Montpellier back on August 27th. Heading into the fortnight interval with a 3-1 drumming at home against Monaco, Still’s side have gained a reputation for their lively outcomes at both ends of the pitch. In fact, the Reds have seen six of their last seven domestic showdowns finish with both teams getting on the scoresheet.
As for the visitors, managing to mark their return from October’s international break with a stellar display last weekend as they claimed a 2-1 victory at home against Rennes, Lorient will be desperate to use that performance as a platform to build on. Now sat just a single point adrift of breaking into the top-half, Regis Le Bris’ side are also hoping to muster back-to-back Ligue 1 wins for the first time this season. However, without a single top-flight clean sheet from any of their previous eight attempts, Les Merlus will also be concerned by their extended issues against Saturday’s opponents. Slumping to an action-packed 4-2 loss when they travelled to the Stade Auguste-Delaune back on February 1st, Lorient have failed to win any of their previous four domestic matchups against Reims. It is worth noting, with Bris’ side seeing four of their last five Ligue 1 showdowns finish with both teams finding the net, we are expecting a similar outcome this weekend.
Bet: Both teams to score at Reims vs Lorient 8/11 for Saturday’s Ligue 1 matchup @ BetUS