Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Buoyed by a 3-2 win over Olympique Marseille, Lens will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Reims at their Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Matchday 9. Lens are eager to retain second position in the standings, and the bookies see them as favourites to pick up all three points from Friday’s clash. Florian Sotoca should keep his place up front after impressing in the Stade de Velodrome triumph, while Corentin Jean remains on the sidelines through injury.
Defender Kevin Danso returns from suspension. Reims, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Lille, with the team beating Nantes 3-1 at home ground, Since they have been impressive in front of goal of late as well, we are tempted to put our money on over 2.5 goals. Hugo Ekitike is pushing for a start after scoring a brace at the weekend, while all Berisha, Cafaro, Toure, Doumbia, Hornby, and Zeneli remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Seko Fofana):
Born in Paris on May 7, 1995, Seko Fofana is a midfielder who plays for Serie A side Udinese. Fofana started his career at the youth teams of Paris FC and in 2010 he moved to Lorient. After spending four years at the club, the French footballer joined Premier League side Manchester City in the 2013/2014 season.
Despite being a Man City player from 2014 to 2016, Seko Fofana did not see any game action in the English top flight with the Citizens as he was immediately sent on loan to Fulham (2014/2015). He played for Bastia on loan in the 2015/2016 season as well and in the summer of 2016 he signed a five-year deal with Italian side Udinese.
You should know that Fofana scored five goals in 22 appearances for the Zebrette in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign. His contract with the Serie A team should expire on June 30, 2022. Due to his dual citizenship the Udinese footballer is eligible to play for France and Ivory Coast at senior level.
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.