Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Nimes will be aiming to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of PSG and Amiens when they host fellow mid-table side Strasbourg at their Stade des Costieres. Les Crocodiles have been struggling at the back of late, but they are tough to beat at home and the fact that they defeated Dijon 2-0 in their last home fixture is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Strasbourg. Le Racing, on the other hand, are on a six-game winless run in the French top flight, but they did well to hold Olympique Lyon to a draw at the weekend. Anyhow, seeing that Nimes are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting in the French elite division les Crocodiles recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over le Racing.
Highlighted Player (Umut Bozok):
Born in Saint-Avold, France on September 19, 1996, Umut Bozok is considered one of the most talented footballers in Ligue 1. Bozok plays for newcomers Nimes in the French elite division and it has to be noted that his 24 goals in the 2017/2018 Ligue 2 season helped les Crocodiles secure promotion to the French top flight.
Umut Bozok made his senior debut with Nimes on July 28, 2017 in a 1-0 loss to Stade de Reims and he scored his first hat-trick with the club three months later in a 4-0 victory over Stade Brestois. Seeing that his parents are Turkish descents, Umut Bozok represented the Turkish national team at youth level.
Bozok made four appearances for the U21 team, scoring three goals. Speaking of his individual honours, Bozok was Championnat Nationa top goal-scorer for the 2016-2017 season and Ligue 2 top goal-scorer for the 2017-2018 season. His main position is centre-forward.
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.