Our football match prediction:
Strasbourg will be aiming to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Olympique Marseille when they welcome Dijon at their Stade de la Meinau on Saturday evening. Le Racing aim to escape the danger zone in the Ligue 1 standings and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Dijon. Strasbourg are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they suffered only one loss in previous seven home games in the French top flight. The Mustards, on the other hand, are a team with two faces. They are tough to beat at home, but their performances on the road leave a lot to be desired. Dijon experienced all sorts of problems in an 8-0 loss to PSG at Parc des Princes in midweek and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Strasbourg’s party at Stade de la Meinau on Matchday 22.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Oukidja):
Alexandre Oukidja is a French goalkeeper who began his professional career at Gueugnon. Nonetheless, he made no more than 1 appearance for the club and in 2006 he signed a contract with Ligue 1 club Lille. The shoot-stopper, who was born in Nevers (France) on July 19, 1988, though, did not make his first-team debut for les Dogues and it has to be noted that he played 84 games for Lille B. After ending his loan spells with Aviron Bayonnais and Royal Mouscron-Peruwelz respectively, Alexandre Oukidja joined Strasbourg in 2014 and, no doubt, he helped the club secure promotion to the French elite division at the end of the 2016/2017 season. Oukidja made no less than 12 clean sheets for le Racing in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign and it is more than obvious that he has established himself as a first-choice shoot-stopper at the club. It has to be noted that his contract with Strasbourg expires on June 30, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Dijon):
Founded in 1998, Dijon are a result of a merger between two local clubs. The Mustards played their first ever match in the Ligue 1 on August 7, 2011, with the team suffering a heavy 5-1 loss on their debut in the French top flight. After suffering relegation to Ligue 2 at the end of the 2011/2012 season, the club returned to the French elite division in 2016. The Mustards finished the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign in 16th place in the standings, only one point clear of the relegation zone. Dijon are well known for their red jerseys, while they wear white when playing on the road. The Mustards welcome their rivals at Stade Gaston Gerard, the venue which was both built and opened in 1934. In the 1998/1999 season the club recorded a historical 12-1 Coupe de France win over Mahault Baie and that is considered the club’s biggest ever win in a competitive match. Stephane Mangione, who made 181 appearances for the club, is regarded as one of the team’s famous players.