Amiens host Reims at Stade de la Licorne on the Ligue 2 matchday 1.
Last season Amiens managed to occupy 3rd spot in the Ligue 3 and promoted to the Ligue 2. The hosts succeeded mostly due to amazing finish as they remained unbeaten in 12 straight games. Amiens earned 55 points with 44:35 goal difference and won a promotion to the upper tier. During their preseason the hosts played three friendlies as they beat Valenciennes (1:0) and Amiens AC (3:0) and tied Reims (1:1). This way Christophe Pélissier’s side remained undefeated in their last 15 matches in all competitions.
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Reims in their turn were relegated to the Ligue 2 from the Ligue 1 as they finished on 18th spot with 39 points earned and 44:57 goal difference. In the preseason, Reims also played 3 friendly games and recorded 3 draws. They tied Charleroi (0:0), Amiens and Nancy (1:1 both). We should stress the main reason why Reims were relegated was their poor away performance. Michel Der Zakarian’s men lost 8 of their 11 away games in 2016.
We should also mention the two sides have rather level head-to-head record without advantage of any side. It’s always challenging for any club to start a new season. Both Amiens and Reims now have to adapt to the new reality of playing in the Ligue 2 and it’s hard to say who have more chances to succeed. Still we expect this game to be low-scoring considering recent matchup of these teams.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.