Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Sunday’s football game at Stade de la Meinau pits together Strasbourg and Montpellier, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. Le Racing sit in 16th position in the standings, four points clear of the relegation zone, but their current form is not giving fans a reason for optimism. Strasbourg failed to win the previous four league fixtures, but this game could be the turning point for the relegation-threatened team. All Idriss Saadi, Abdul Majeed Waris, Mohamed Simakan, and Lebo Mothiba are out of contention with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
La Paillade, on the other hand, occupy 8th place in the standings. Since Montpellier have slim chances of booking their place in European competitions, we are tempted to put our money on Strasbourg. Both Teji Savanier and Florent Mollet are banned for the visitors, while Jordan Ferri, Arnaud Souquet, Pedro Mendes, and Ambroise Oyongo are all injured.
Highlighted Player (Adrien Thomasson):
A midfielder with a keen eye for a precise pass, Adrian Thomasson is a French international who plays for Ligue 1 side Strasbourg. Thomasson is a versatile asset who can be equally deployed in a number of different positions up front, including a holding position at the centre of the park.
He began his professional career at Evian in 2012 and spent three years with Les Roses before moving to Nantes in 2015. One league match shy from entering the 100-game club, Adrien Thomasson scored nine goals for the Canaries before joining Strasbourg in the summer of 2018.
As a player who likes to hold on to the ball and build play from behind, Thomasson boasts impressive passing ability. Albeit an attacking midfielder who can play on both wings and in advanced midfield position, this French footballer also makes quite a contribution in defense.
Highlighted Team (Montpellier):
Over the years Montpellier have established themselves as a mid-table side in French Ligue 1. Montpellier are considered one of the youngest clubs in France as they were founded in 1974, but it has to be noted that a number of high-profile footballers played for the club in the past. French football legend Laurent Blanc played for Montpellier from 1981-1993 and he scored 76 goals in 24 appearances in the league for the club. Eric Cantona, Roger Milla, Carlos Valderama and Olivier Giroud played in Montpellier’s colors as well, but Pascal Baills is the player with most appearances for the club (429).
La Paillade did remarkably well to win the Ligue 1 trophy in 2012 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Montpellier won Coupe de France on two occasions (1929, 1990), with the team beating FC Sete and FC Paris respectively in the title games. The team welcome their rivals at Stade de la Mosson and the capacity of the stadium is 32.900. In 1999 Montpellier won the UEFA Intertoto Cup.