Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Clermont welcome Reims to their Stade Gabriel Montpied in what is expected to be a close Ligue 1 encounter. Clermont aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Angers, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Reims. Midfielder Yadaly Diaby is sidelined through suspension, while all Florent Ogier, Jason Berthomier, Jean-Claude Billong, and Cedric Hountondji are out of contention with injuries.
Les Rouges et Blancs, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Olympique Marseille in their last league match. Reims are six points clear of Clermont in the Ligue 1 standings, but seeing that the newcomers are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on draw. All Toure, Cassama, Doumbia, and Konan are on international duty, while Matusiwa, Munetsi, Doucoure, and Zeneli are out of contention through injuries, speaking of the away team.
Highlighted Player (Moussa Doumbia):
A Malian midfielder Moussa Doumbia has been with Russian side FK Rostov since 2014. The 22-year-old powerful midfielder started his career with Real Bamako in 2012. Doumbia spent two years playing for the Scorpions in the Malien Premiere Division, the top rank in the country. Russian side recognised his talent and made a transfer in 2014 tying Moussa Doumbia on a four-year deal.
During two seasons with Russian Premier League outfit, Doumbia was involved in 31 league matches. In 2015-16 season he contributed to his club’s runners-up finish with two goals of his own. Full-time Mali international made his national team debut in 2014 in a 3-1 victory over China in Shenzen.
His most recent international appearances occurred in September during an empathic 5-2 win over Benin in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Doumbia went on to score his team’s fifth goal with eleven minutes on the clock rounding off an impressive performance.
Highlighted Team (Reims):
Reims are a French football club founded in 1931. Reims welcome their rivals at Stade Auguste Delaune, which can hold up to 21,684 people. Believe it or not, Reims won six Ligue 1 titles (1948/1949, 1952/1953, 1954/1955, 1957/1958, 1959/1960, 1961/1962). To make things even better for the fans, Reims participated in the European Cup final on two occasions.
In 1956 they faced Real Madrid in the title game and despite taking the lead after six minutes, the French side eventually suffered a 4-3 loss to los Blancos at Parc des Princes. Three years later Reims had a chance to get their revenge on Real Madrid, but the Spanish giants once again won the European Cup, with Mateos and Di Stefano finding the net in the 2-0 victory over Albert Batteux.
The club’s most notable footballer is Just Fontaine, who scored 13 goals for France at the 1958 FIFA World Cup finals. Reims’ home colours are red and white, with the team wearing white when playing on the road.