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Servette (Sui) vs Reims (Fra) Prediction & Betting tips
Due to the tight schedule, all qualifying rounds in the UEFA Europa League will be played in just one game. The teams are currently in the second of a total of four rounds. The way to the group stage is still a long way and can be over in a single evening. On Thursday, Servette Geneva and Reims will face each other in French-speaking Switzerland.
Accordingly, there will be no communication problems for the two teams due to their common mother tongue. Twelve months ago, hardly an expert would have expected the two teams to be represented internationally in 2020/21. Both Servette Geneva, as a newcomer, and Stade Reims were among the positive surprises in their home country.
The French Ligue 1 enjoys a significantly higher standing in an international comparison and accordingly it is not surprising that the best bookmakers between Servette Geneva and Reims see the guests as favorites according to current odds. The game at the Stade de Geneve starts on Thursday evening at 19:45 p.m.
Servette Geneva is the third most successful club in Switzerland behind FC Basel and Grasshoppers, but those days are long gone. In 2019/20 the team from Geneva started as a promoted player in the Super League, but was able to establish itself in the upper half of the table from the start. In the end, the newcomer took an outstanding fourth place in the table and thus reached international business for the first time since the 2012/13 season. Servette was one of the strongest climbers in recent years.
Eight years ago, the Swiss failed in the third Europa League qualifying round at the Norwegian representative Rosenborg Trondheim due to the away goals rule. This season the Geiger-Elf lived up to the role of favorites in the first knockout duel against the Slovaks from MFK Ruzomberok. Thanks to a strong second half, the home side won 3-0 and fixed the home game against Stade Reims.
While the kick-off for the 2020/21 season has already started in many parts of Europe, it will not sound in Switzerland until next weekend. Accordingly, the Geiger protégés have not played a competitive game for almost three weeks and are certainly a little out of rhythm. This fact speaks against a tip on the home side between Servette Geneva and Reims on Thursday.
However, the strong home record gives hope, 31 of the 49 points the Geiger-Elf collected last year on home ground.
Would head coach David Guion’s team be represented internationally if the French Ligue 1 hadn’t been canceled prematurely? A hypothetical question that no one can answer and no longer plays a role. The fact is that the underdog was in sixth place when nothing went on. Thanks to the Paris Saint-Germain Cup victory, Stade Reims can now enjoy European football.
The international qualification is by no means a premiere, because in the 50s and 60s “les Rouges et Blancs” were among the best clubs in France and won a total of six championships.
Already as a newcomer in 2018/19, the club with eighth place in the table was one of the big surprises and exceeded this again in the 28 games in the previous year. Outstanding is the defense around the Serbian goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic, who had to reach behind him only 21 times in 28 games.
The club cannot match the strong performances of the last few years. From the first three Ligue 1 games in 2020/21 there is only one meager point on the credit side. A draw against AS Monaco on the first day of the match has recently resulted in two 1-0 defeats against OSC Lille and SCO Angers.
Nevertheless, the quality of the French squad is clearly superior to that of the Swiss and a failure of the Ligue 1 club should definitely be seen as a surprise.