Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade de l’Abbe-Deschamps will host Saturday’s Ligue 1 game between Auxerre and Strasbourg, the two teams who meet for the first time since March 2017. Auxerre aim to build on a come-from-behind win over Montpellier, and they must be high on spirits ahead of the visit of Strasbourg. Keep in mind, though, that both Mbaye Niang and Nuno da Costa are banned for the match after the attacking duo was sent off at the weekend.
Le Racing, on the other hand, are eyeing their first win of the season, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s clash. Given Strasbourg’s attacking potential, we believe that gamblers from all four corners of the world can find value in betting on both teams to score. All Gerzino Nyamsi, Karol Fila, and Ibrahima Sissoko are out of contention with injuries for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Frédéric Guilbert):
Despite his modest height for a centre-back, Frederic Guilbert is a remarkably strong in aerial duels. Former France U21 international is a player of great positional awareness and tactical discipline who makes immense defensive contribution for his team.
A versatile defender who can play in various positions across the backline, Guilbert can also be deployed as a right midfielder where his speed and agility come to play. Born in Valognes, Frederic Guilbert spent all of his career playing in France although he has thus far failed to spend more than two seasons at a single club. Spells at Caen, AS Cherbourg, Bordeaux were insufficient for Guilbert to secure regular playing time and prove his worth, which he hopes would change at Caen.
Guilbert joined the Stade Michel d’Ornano based club on a permanent deal in 2017, after a season-long loan spell away from Bordeaux. He went on to play 42 matches across all competitions in his second season with Caen and has done well to announce himself as an important player for the French side.
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.