Our football match prediction:
Montpellier have been having their ups and downs at the star of the season. La Paillade kicked off the new Ligue 1 campaign with a 1-0 home win over Caen, but they suffered a loss to Toulouse in their first away game of the season. Montpellier aim to return to winning ways and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football match against Strasbourg. Le Racing, on the other hand, suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to Olympique Lyon in the opening match of the season, but they did remarkably well to roll over Lille (3-0) at the weekend and they are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Montpellier. La Paillade are seen as favourites to win Saturday’s clash, but seeing that they head into the match with a severely-weakened squad, share of spoils appears on the horizon in this one.
Highligted Player (Paul Lasne):
Paul Lasne is a product of Bordeaux football academy, but he did not play for les Girondins at senior level. After ending his loan spell with Chateauroux Lasne signed a loan deal with Ajaccio in 2010 and he proved his worth in the 2010/2011 Ligue 2 campaign. As a result, he was offered a permanent deal by the club chiefs and it has to be noted that he played for Corsican side from 2011 to 2014. After scoring four goals in 89 appearances in the league for Ajaccio, the 186-cm-tall midfielder joined Montpellier in the summer of 2014, signing a four-year contract with La Paillade. Paul Lasne scored three goals for Montpellier, while providing two assists for his teammates in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign. Despite being left-footed, his main position is right midfield, but he is used as both central and defensive midfielder as well. The Montpellier footballer was born in Saint-Cloud, France on January 16, 1989 and his agent is Henri Zambelli.
Highlighted Team (Strasbourg):
Founded back in 1906, Strasbourg are 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.