Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Reims will be aiming to make amends for a heavy 4-1 loss to Olympique Marseille when they take on Clermont at Stade Auguste-Delaune on Matchday 2. Reims failed to impress in the season opener, but it is well known that they produce much better showings at home than on the travels. Summer signing Folarin Balogun is pushing for a start after opening his goal-scoring account in the defeat to OM, while all Nathanael Mbuku, Anastasios Donis, and Junya Ito remain in the recovery room.
Clermont, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-0 loss to star-studded PSG. As previously mentioned, Reims have turned their Stade Auguste-Delaune into a real fortress, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. Both Grejohn Kyei and Mehdi Zeffane are out of contention with injuries for 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.