Two sides who are eager to earn their first win in Ligue 1 in the 2020-21 campaign lock horns this weekend. Europa League destined side Reims will be playing host to side Lille. The match schedules for Sunday at the Stade Auguste-Delaune with kickoff at 2 pm.
Reims kickstarted their new campaign in Ligue 1 with a 2-2 draw to side Monaco. The same was replicated by their opponents Lille with a 1-1 stalemate against rivals Rennes in a heated encounter.
Reims started their first match of the season on a high note with two goals before the half time whistle. It was disappointing at the end of the last whistle with both sides sharing spoils with a two-goal comeback by Monaco.
David Guinon might have taken the disappointing results with mind fixed on high flying Lille this Sunday. One thing both sides share is their automatic qualification for the Europa League before the season curtailment.
The clash of the first week for Lille was a dramatic affair that saw the ref raise two red cards. After a horrific boot to defender Reinaldo, it led to a direct red card to Sacha Boey. As fate would have it, Reinaldo received a red card after a foul on Raphnha. Their recent histories show that both sides will not share spoils this weekend at the final whistle.
Reims vs. Lille Head to Head
Both sides have met on 11 occasions with Reims taking home five wins while Lille with three wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Monaco 2-2 Reims
Reims 3-1 FC Midtjylland
Reims 0-4 Bordeaux
NK Maribor 0-2 Reims
Standard Liege 3-0 Reims
Lille 1-1 Rennes
Lille 1-2 Brest
AZ Alkmaar 2-1 Lille
Lille 2-0 RSC Anderlecht
Club Brugge 2-0 Lille
Reims Team News
After picking an ankle injury, Adonis will not feature this weekend. This leaves space for Dia and Toure to lead the attacking line after netting in their last outing. Moussa Ndoumbia is recovering from shoulder surgery and will not feature this weekend.
Lille Team News
Boubakary Soumare will be hoping for a recall with top Europa clubs attracted to the midfielder. Reinaldo will not feature in the match after picking a red card in their last outing. This forces Bradic to step in at the left-back position.
Prediction and Odds
Both sides are eager to record their first win of the season, and this makes it hard to pick out a winner.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Over 3.5