Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade Francois Coty will host Saturday’s Ligue 1 game between Ajaccio and Strasbourg, the two relegation-threatened teams. Ajaccio suffered yet another dip in form, with the team losing to both PSG and Auxerre in the last two league matches, and given their difficulties in front of goal, home win should not be considered. Experienced defender Cedric Avinel is banned for the match, while Yoann Touzghar remains on the sidelines with an ankle problem.
Le Racing, on the other hand, aim to put an end to their three-game winless run, and a victory over Ajaccio should see them escape the relegation zone. Strasbourg showed character in a come-from-behind draw with Olympique Marseille at the weekend, and given Ajaccio’s current form, the visitors will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways. As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Kevin Gameiro, who scored a late equalizer against OM, while both Alexander Djiku and Nordine Kandil miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Adrien Thomasson):
A midfielder with a keen eye for a precise pass, Adrian Thomasson is a French international who plays for Ligue 1 side Strasbourg. Thomasson is a versatile asset who can be equally deployed in a number of different positions up front, including a holding position at the centre of the park.
He began his professional career at Evian in 2012 and spent three years with Les Roses before moving to Nantes in 2015. One league match shy from entering the 100-game club, Adrien Thomasson scored nine goals for the Canaries before joining Strasbourg in the summer of 2018.
As a player who likes to hold on to the ball and build play from behind, Thomasson boasts impressive passing ability. Albeit an attacking midfielder who can play on both wings and in advanced midfield position, this French footballer also makes quite a contribution in defense.
Highlighted Team (Strasbourg):
Founded back in 1906, Strasbourg is a professional football team that compete in French Ligue 1. Le Racing did remarkably well to win the 1979 Ligue 1 trophy and that is considered the biggest success in the history of the club. Strasbourg won Coupe de France on three occasions (1951, 1966, 2001) and they have three Coupe de la Ligue trophies as well (1964, 1997, 2005). Strasbourg’s main rivals are Metz and the two teams face each other in the Derby de l’Est (The Eastern derby).
Le Racing recorded their biggest victory over Valenciennes (10-0) in the 1937-1938 season, whilst they suffered their biggest loss to Limoges (0-8) in the 1959/1960 season. Paraguayan goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert, who is well known for his free-kick abilities, played for the club from 2000 to 2003, but he failed to score in a league match during his spell with the Stade de la Meinau outfit. Speaking of Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg’s home ground was opened back in 1914 and the capacity of the venue is 29,320.