Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Strasbourg and Nantes take on each other at Stade de la Meinau in a highly-anticipated Ligue 1 clash. Le Racing are six points clear of the relegation zone, meaning that they are on the right track to secure the Ligue 1 survival. Defender Frederic Guilbert, who was sent off in a 1-1 draw with Nimes, is sidelined through suspension, while Lamine Kone, Abdul Majeed Waris, Mohamed Simakan, and Lebo Mothiba are all out of contention with injuries.
Les Canaris, on the other hand, aim to put an end to their three-game losing run in the French top flight. Nantes are desperate to escape the relegation zone, but seeing that they head into the match with the lack of confidence, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Charles Traore, who suffered an injury in the 2-1 loss to Lyon, is rated doubtful for the match.
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 (Nantes):
Founded on April 21, 1943 Nantes is a professional football club that compete in French Ligue 1. Les Canaris are considered one of the most famous French clubs and they had a lot of success during the sixties and the seventies. Nantes won their first Ligue 1 title in the 1964/1965 season and 36 years later (2000/2001) they clinched their eighth (last) domestic trophy.
Speaking of the club’s European success, les Canaris did well to make it to the Champions League semis in 1996, but Italian giants Juventus proved to be a big catch for the French outfit. Nantes welcome their rivals at La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau and the capacity of the stadium is 38.004.
The likes of Vahid Halilhodzic, Adel Selimi, Michel Der Zakarian, Viorel Moldovan, Mario Yepes, Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Claude Makelele, Christian Karembeu and Dimitri Payet are the notable footballers who played for the club in the past. Nantes are well known for their yellow jerseys and that is the reason why they are nicknamed the Canaries (les Canaris).