10th and 11th in Ligue will meet this weekend after a great run of results for Nice and Reims ahead of a meeting at Stade Auguste Delaune with both sides eyeing up a spot in the top eight in 2023.
Despite the great league form, Nice were beaten by Le Puy Foot 43 Auvergne in the French Cup last time out. On the other hand, they smashed Montpellier 6-1 in their best performance of the season to date.
Nicolas Pepe returned to the scoresheet after a lengthy run without a goal, just as Ross Barkley got his first brace for the club. Andy Delort and Khephren Thuram scored a goal each too.
It has moved Nice up into 10th and also put them ahead of Reims on goals difference by four goals. At the same time, they are still 10 behind Monaco in fifth and a chance to get back into Europe seems unlikely.
Reims edged past Ajaccio 1-0 in midweek, while they also smashed Loon-Plage 7-0 in their French Cup round of 64 clash. William Still has also guided his side to a 1-1 draw against Lille in January.
A fantastic win over Rennes keeps them in 11th and within touching distance of the top half of the table.