Reims v Bordeaux | Betting Preview

Date: October 3, 2014
Venue: Stade Auguste-Delaune II, Reims, France
Kick off time: 19:30 hrs BST

Ligue 1 action is coming your way this weekend with second place side Bordeaux traveling to Reims at the weekend. The home side are second bottom in the league currently and are faced with an extremely tough test on Friday.

Reims form: L-L-W-W-L

Reims are coming into this match after having gone through a difficult past week. The home side were routed 5-0 by Marseille in their own backyards with a majority of the crowd emptying the stadium long before the final whistle. They had carried their stigma into the next match against Metz on September 29, where they were beaten 3-0.

The home team had won a couple of consecutive matches prior to the two big defeats in their last two games. The wins had come against Lorient in an away match and at home against Toulouse. The team have had a fifty percent average of winning games in September and they will look to improve on it in October.

Bordeaux form: W-D-W-L-D

Bordeaux have experienced a slight dip in form which has enabled Marseille to leapfrog them to top spot. However, with 8 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 games, the visitors are still on smooth sails.

The visitors have only lost one game in their last five which is a good stat. They would have been gutted with their drawn games at Bastia on August 31 and at Saint Etienne on September 25. The side need to start scoring a lot of goals once more if they are to return to the top of the table and this match will present a lot of opportunities for this side.

Key Players

Reims: Gaetan Courtet

French striker Courtet has scored 2 of the 5 goals scored by this side in as many games. The 25 year old can be a potent threat on the counter as well as from set pieces. His heading has also been above average and he will be the man that the wingers will target while delivering their crosses into the area.

Bordeaux: Wahbi Khazri

Goal scoring midfielders are a rarity across the top leagues in Europe and Bordeaux are one of the few sides who are lucky enough to have one of these special players in their ranks. Khazri has scored a couple of crucial goals in his side’s recent fixtures in Ligue 1 and the 23 year old will look to continue his goal-scoring run.

Betting Advice

Bordeaux are simply too strong at the moment for Reims. I do not see the home side getting any joy at all from this upcoming fixture on Friday with BetVictor offering 2.2 for a win for the visitors. Jussie Ferreira to be anytime scorer in the game is a good bet too – at 3.0 with BetVictor.