Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Sunday’s football game at Stade de la Beaujoire pits together Nantes and Strasbourg, the two teams who are level on points in the Ligue 1 table. Les Canaris do not seem to be at the top of their game, with the team slipping down the standings week by week. Since Nantes experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a heavy Coupe de France loss (1-5) to Toulouse, home win should not be considered. Midfielder Pedro Chirivella should be the only absentee in the home team.
Le Racing, on the other hand, aim to recover from a 2-1 loss to Lyon. Since both sides will go for a win in Sunday’s relegation six-pointer, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. All Nordine Kandil, Ibrahima Sissoko, Thomas Delaine, Gerzino Nyamsi, and Eiji Kawashima should miss out with injuries, speaking of the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Alban Lafont):
Alban Lafont is a French goalkeeper who plays for Ligue 1 side Toulouse. Born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Lafont joined AS Lattoise youth school at the age of nine and he stayed at the academy until 2014 when he moved to Toulouse.
The 193-cm-tall goalkeeper has established himself as a first-choice goalkeeper at Toulouse and it has to be noted that he made 36 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 season, keeping 10 clean sheets in the process. Due to his dual citizenship, Alban Lafont is eligible to represent both Burkina Faso and France on international stage, but he has yet to play for the African team.
Alban Lafont represented les Tricolores at youth level and, no doubt, there is a bright future ahead of the talented shoot-stopper who was born on January 23, 1999. The rising star has a contract with Toulouse which expires on June 30, 2020.
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.