Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade de la Meinau will host Sunday’s relegation six-pointer between Strasbourg and Ajaccio. Le Racing aim to recovery from back-to-back losses to Monaco and Lens, and they are likely to figth tooth and nail against Ajaccio. Habib Diallo is banned for the match, while all Dimitri Lienard, Maxime Le Marchand, and Eiji Kawashima are out of contention through injuries.
Experienced forward Kevin Gameiro is widely expected to return to the starting XI after scoring as a substitute in the last league match. Olivier Pantaloni’s troops are on a five-game losing run in the French top flight, meaning that Strasbourg will not have a better chance than this to get back on course. Both Mohamed Youssouf and Clement Vidal are banned for the match, while there are no fresh injury worries in the visiting team ahead of the trip to Alsace.
Highlighted Player (Alexander Djiku):
Alexander Djiku is yet another product of Bastia youth school. Djiku’s main position is centre-back, but he is used as a right-back as well. The 182-cm tall footballer of Senegalese descent made his senior debut with Bastia in December 2013 in a Coupe de la Ligue game against Evian.
After scoring one goal in 45 appearances for les Bleus in the league, Djiku joined Ligue 1 side Caen on July 11, 2017, signing a four-year contract with the Stade Michel D’Ornano outfit. The French defender has a contract with Caen, which should expire on June 30, 2022.
Djiku is well known for his reckless tackles and it is important to note that he was shown 10 yellow cards in 28 appearances for Caen in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Alexander Djiku wears No. 24 jersey when playing for Caen, but he has yet to make his debut with the French national team.
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.