Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Strasbourg have been having their ups and downs in the Ligue 1 in the first half of the season and it has to be noted that Troyes put an end to their four-game unbeaten run before the international break. Le Racing experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the 3-0 defeat to Troyes, but a win over Rennes should see the newcomers escape the relegation zone. Strasbourg are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they want this win more than Rennes, home win should be considered. Les Rouges et Noirs are on a three-game winning run in the French elite division and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the national championship. A low-scoring affair is on the horizon and we predict that one goal will separate the two sides at Stade de la Meinau.
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 (Stade Rennes):
Stade Rennais Football Club or simply Rennes is a French football club which was founded on March 10, 1901. The club is one of the founding members of the French Ligue 1 and they are nicknamed Les Rouges et Noirs. Roazhon Park is the club’s home ground and the venue can hold 29.778 people. Rennes have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but they won Coupe de France title on two occasions (1964/1965, 1970/1971). Speaking of Coupe de la Ligue, les Rouges et Noirs made it to the final of the competition in the 2012/2013 season, but they were beaten by Saint Etienne (1-0) in the title game at Stade de France.
A number of top-class footballers played for Stade Rennais Football Club in the past and the likes of Sylvain Wiltord, Yoann Gourcuff, Yann M’Vila, Moussa Sow and Jimmy Briand are considered the club’s most notable players. Rennes footballers wear black and red jerseys when playing at home, while they wear white when playing on the travels.