Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Strasbourg and Olympique Marseille face each other in a highly-anticipated game at Stade de la Meinau on day 10 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Le Racing aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Reims, but they will have to do it without Lienard, Mothiba, Saadi, and Sels, who remain in the recovery room. Ivory Coast international Aholou is rated doubtful after he was tested positive for coronavirus.
OM, on the other hand, were not in action at the weekend as their game against Lens was postponed. Olympique Marseille aim to build on back-to-back wins over Bordeaux and Lorient, but beating Strasbourg on the road is easier said than done. Considering that the visitors head into the match following the Champions League clash with Porto, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Centre-back Alvaro Gonzalez is banned for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Kenny Lala):
Born on the 3rd of October, 1991, Kenny Lala is a professional footballer who plays for Strasbourg. Lala started his youth career with local amateur club ES Parisienne and spent four years developing with the club before being recruited by Paris FC in 2008.
Two years later, the French left-back signed his first professional contract with PFC and made his senior debut on the 14th of September, 2010, in a league game against Strasbourg Alsace. The following season, Lala joined Valenciennes and made his Ligue 1 one debut on the 6th of November, 2011, featuring in the club's 1-1 draw with Stade Rennais.
Following successful spells at the Athenians and then at RC Lens, the 28 years old signed for Strasbourg in 2017 on a contract that that is set to expire in 2021. On the International front, Lala has never represented France at any youth level and is yet to get called-up to its senior team.
Highlighted Team (Marseille):
Olympique de Marseille are considered one of the best French football clubs. Les Olympiens won their ninth Ligue 1 title in 2010, but winning of the 1992/1993 Champions League trophy is seen as the club’s biggest success. Marseille defeated Italian giants Milan in the title game, with Basile Boli scoring the winner (1-0) in the Olympiastadion showdown.
It has to be noted, though, that the Stade Velodrome outfit were banned from defending the title in the 1993/1994 season after being involved in a match-fixing scandal. To make things even worse for the fans, the club suffered enforced relegation to the Ligue 2. Olympique de Marseille participated in the Europa League final on two occasions (1998/1999, 2003/2004), but they were beaten by Parma and Valencia respectively in the title games. OM’s home ground Stade Velodrome was opened on June 13, 1997 and the capacity of the stadium is 67.394.
The likes of Franck Ribery, Didier Deschamps, Didier Drogba, Laurent Blanc, Fabien Barthez, Samir Nasri, Fabrizio Ravanelli and Djibril Cisse all played for Marseille in the past.