Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Olympique Lyon will be aiming to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Montpellier when they take on Reims at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Les Gones aim to move closer to the Champions League berth, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in the midweek fixture. All Sinaly Diomande, Leo Dubois, Lenny Pintor, and Jeff Reine-Adelaide are out of contention with injuries for the home team.
Les Rouges et Blancs, on the other hand, did well to beat Clermont thanks to Ghislain Konan’s goal, with the team putting an end to their six-game winless run. Reims, though, are not regarded as good travelers, and they are unlikely to grab something from Wednesday’s clash. Midfielder Azor Matusiwa serves a one-game ban, while all Fode Doucoure, Marshall Munetsi, Fraser Hornby, and Arber Zeneli are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Karl Toko-Ekambi):
Karl Toko Ekambi is a professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Angers as a striker. Ekambi was born in Paris on September 14 1992, but he does not represent les Tricolores on the international stage. The 183-cm-tall attacker plays for Cameroon and it has to be noted that he made his senior debut for les Lions Indomptables in a 3-2 win over Burkina Faso back in June, 2015.
Ekambi came as a substitute in the 77th minute of the match, replacing fellow attacker Mengolo. The Cameroonian footballer played for Paris FC during his youth career and he made his first-team debut for the capital club on April 26, 2011 in a 2-2 draw with Beauvais. Karl Toko Ekambi scored 21 goals in 66 appearances for Paris from 2010 to 2014 and at the end of the 2013/2014 season he joined Sochaux.
After netting 25 goals in 72 appearances for the club, in the summer of 2016 Ekambi signed a contract with Angers which expires on June 30, 2020.
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.