Two teams with similar dynamics in Ligue 1 face off at the Vélodrome. One is on the podium, the other is in the soft underbelly of the standings. Which one will succeed in perpetuating the good momentum started? Response elements :

After a large victory in the Coupe de France against Cannet-Rocheville, a victory in Ligue 1 two goals to zero against Strasbourg and a decisive victory in the Europa League against Lokomotiv Moscow, Olympique de Marseille presents itself in full confidence against of Rémois on a fairly similar dynamic: three victories in their last four games. The two teams must win in order to maintain good momentum and to conclude this first half of the season well.

The Rémois move to the Stade Vélodrome weakened by a fairly significant number of absences: Fodé Doucouré (quadriceps), Azor Matusiwa (ischios), Marshall Munetsi (ischios), Arber Zeneli (knee) and Fraser Hornby (ankle) are themselves, not available for this poster. Just like Mathieu Cafaro and Moussa Doumbia. In addition, six cases of COVID have been detected among OM’s opponents, including four among players. To replace them, Oscar Garcià notably called on the young Martin Adeline, scorer in the Coupe de France. Despite this cascade of injuries, the Reims coach travels to Provence in search of victory.

This season, Stade de Reims do not stand out particularly, however the team is the third defense in the championship with “only” 21 goals conceded. It is more on the offensive side that the Champenois struggle, with “only” the sixteenth attack in the championship. Away so far the record is mixed for Oscar Garcià’s side, with two wins, four draws and two losses.

The Olympians have a complete group to host the Rémois at home. They have the opportunity if they win to widen the gap in the standings over Rennes and Nice. Full of confidence after victory in the Europa League, Ligue 1 and then the Coupe de France, Jorge Sampaoli’s men must win in order to be able to go on vacation with peace of mind and solid runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain. The Phocéens, solid best defense in the championship, are only the eighth best attack, tied with Olympique Lyonnais and SCO Angers. This is definitely THE area for improvement for OM.

On the Marseille side, Jorge Sampaoli should align the typical Ligue 1 team, including the return of Pau López in the cages: López – Saliba, Caleta-Car, Peres – Rongier, Guendouzi, Kamara, Payet (cap) – Ünder, Milik, Lirola.

Offensive spirit before this match, Oscar Garcià has to deal with several absences in this sector, the composition he should align would undoubtedly be as follows: Rajkovic – Foket, Gravillon, Faes, Abdelhamid (cap), Koman – Flips, Cassama , Lopy – Touré, Ekitike.

On this match day, we couldn’t help but ask a few questions to Twitter’s most famous Reims fan: Rheims.

My name is Cyrille, I am 27 years old. I have been a supporter of Reims for over 20 years. Native of Lorraine, my parents moved to Reims when I was very young. It was then that I started to follow Stade de Reims and get excited about this club, which was still playing in the amateur league.

I think it’s going to be a great game. OM and Reims are two playful teams that will absolutely want the three points to finish the year well.

Overall correct. The team is starting to take shape and to be comfortable in the new game system. We lost a lot of points a bit stupidly, we had a period of lull but for some time the team is much better and we are in a positive dynamic.

Ekitike and Kebbal. They are our two best offensive players this season. Ekitike is really a technical player for his size. He’s comfortable with the ball, puts in a lot of effort and consistently makes the right choices in the final yards. The same goes for Kebbal. Very technical player, likes to dribble and good passing quality. All the good shots go through him. These are the two players to watch on the Reims side.

It remains a bonus match. The Reims season is played against its direct opponents but that does not mean that we will come to the Vélodrome without motivation, on the contrary. The team really want to put together good results and want to make a big splash at the Vélodrome as they have already done in Rennes and Lyon.

I’m a poor prognosticator and have a bit of a black cat streak so I’m going to predict an OM win 2-0.

It will be a tense match for both teams, with a tricky Reims team keen to achieve a bang, an Olympian team determined to finish the first half of the season well. Many thanks to @Rheims for answering our questions, and good game!

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