Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade Gabriel Montpied will host Wednesday’s football game between Clermont and Strasbourg. Clermont aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Angers, and a triumph over Strasbourg will see them escape the danger zone. Yadaly Diaby serves a one-game ban, while all Jim Allevinah, Jason Berthomier, Pierre-Yves Hamel, Jean-Claude Billong, Josue Albert, Oriol Busquets, and Cedric Hountondji miss out with injuries.
Strasbourg, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to Olympique Marseille in their last league match, but they gave fans some cheer at the weekend as they defeated Valenciennes in the French Cup last 64. Le Racing, though, are not regarded as good travelers, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on draw. Both Maxime Le Marchand and Lebo Mothiba are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the away 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.