Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Strasbourg suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to rock-bottom Metz in their last game in 2017 and, no doubt, they are eager to get back on course. Le Racing are not regarded as good travelers, but they have been impressive at their Stade de la Meinau this season and it is no surprise they are seen as favourites to win Friday’s football match against Guingamp. Strasbourg head into the game following a 3-2 Coupe de France win over Dijon and they are certainly high on confidence ahead of Matchday 20. Guingamp are on a five-game unbeaten run in the national championship ahead of the trip to Strasbourg and they managed to keep four clean sheets in previous five league fixtures. Antoine Kombouare’s men are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence against le Racing and we predict that fans will see a low-scoring affair at Stade de la Meinau.
Highlighted Player (Jonas Martin):
Born in Besancon on April 9, 1990, Jonas Martin is a French footballer who plays for Strasbourg as a midfielder. Jonas Martin started his youth career at Rigny and after spending four years at the club (1997-2000) he moved to Nimes Olympique in 2000. Four years later the playmaker joined Montpellier and he made 92 appearances for La Paillade. Martin played 64 games for Montpellier II as well and he spent the 2011/2012 season on loan at Amiens. In the summer of 2016 the French player signed a three-year contract with La Liga team Real Betis and at the end of the season he returned to France, joining Ligue 1 outfit Strasbourg. His main position is central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as both defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder as well. Jonas Martin has one cap for France U19 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. His contract with Strasbourg expires on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Guingamp):
En Avant de Guingamp Cotes-d’Armor are a French football club based in the commune of Guingamp. Guingamp was founded back in 1912 and it has to be noted that a number of top-class footballers played for the club in the past. The likes of Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Fabrice Abriel and Vincent Candela all wore Guingamp’s shirt and, no doubt, the club served them as a springboard.
Guingamp returned to the Ligue 1 in 2013 and they have been competing in the French elite division ever since. In 1996 the French team did well to win the Intertoto Cup and book their place in European competitions for the first time ever. However, Italian giants proved to be a big catch for the Ligue 1 club in the first round of the UEFA Cup.
One year later Guingamp made it to the French Cup final, but they were more than unfortunate not to lift the trophy. After playing out a draw with Nice in the regular time, the Stade de Roudourou outfit were eventually beaten by les Aiglones on penalties.