Troyes vs Reims by Lucien
Troyes is now in a fine form and it could be said it's in the best possible moment, since the team has three victories in last four rounds and are coming from a 3:2 victory on the road against Auxerre last Friday night. It was a very important three pointer, since these kept them in the promotional race for now.
It was also one of the most interesting matches of the road, since the visiting side took the lead in eleventh minute via Azamoum, but the hosts quickly reverted the result in next ten minutes thanks to goals from Yattara and Sane. Guests were way more determined in the second halftime, but the players of Auxerre had their chances too - still, it was the visiting side which prevailed, with goals from Dingome and Nivet - a bit maybe unfair result to the home side, but it was Troyes a side that looked a bit more mature. The team is now at third position, having same number of points as second placed Amiens and just a point more than fourth placed Lens, which means this game is a must win for them.
Reims, on the other side, suffered 0:2 defeat in front of own fans against Orelans last weekend and their chances of reaching the promotional position are now over. With two rounds till the end of the season, the side is five points below third placed Troyes and can't expect to reach it anymore, not even in their wildest dreams.
It was a game where they obviously lost the concentration and suffered unexpected defeat as the pressure overwhelm them. They had much more of the ball possession and chances created, however the visitors struck them in 14th minute via Bouby, while the same player doubled up their lead in 63rd minute, somehow also against the flow of the game. With such unexpected defeat, their chances are over now and surely that the morale isn't anymore at the highest possible level.
Competitive motive is now completely with the home team, as well as the momentum - current form and probably a bit of individual quality. Having all that in mind, players of Troyes should overcome the opponent easy or hard this time.