Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Lyon will be aiming to build on a 3-1 win over Monaco when they welcome Reims to their Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Matchday 37. Les Gones are after their third consecutive win at home ground and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Alexander Lacazette, who scored his 26th goal of the season in a 3-1 win over Monaco, will be the man to watch in the home team, while experienced centre-back Dejan Lovren misses out with a thigh injury.
Les Rouges et Blancs, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating Lille, losing to Lens, while sharing the spoils with Angers. Reims, though, have been struggling at the back in the season finale, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on Lyon, who are eyeing a spot in European competitions. Yunis Abdelhamid misses out through suspension, while all Azor Matusiwa, Thibault De Smet, Kamory Doumbia, and Mitchell Van Bergen remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Lacazette):
Alexandre Lacazette is a hometown boy of Lyon, a powerful striker who went through the youth ranks of the French side to become one of the most important players for Les Gones. The 25-year-old forward was also a member of all France national team selections becoming a European champion at the age of 19 by scoring the winner in the final against Spain.
This goal gave him a reputation of a big game player, one he went on to uphold on various occasions at his club. Lacazette is a hard working forward an accomplished finisher of the ball able to score from different positions. The most prolific striker in his side and among the top ones in the Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals last two seasons on a trot.
Constantly linked with a move away from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette refuses to speak about anything other than his football and is leaving all the talk to the football pitch.
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.