Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
After dropping two points in a 2-2 draw with Brest, PSG will look to return to winning ways when they take on Strasbourg in the Ligue 1 round 20. Les Parisiens are leading the chase for the domestic title and their fine away record (6-3-0) is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Friday’s clash. Ousmane Dembele is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while fellow forward Bradley Barcola serves a one-game ban. Both Achraf Hakimi and Kang-in Lee are on international duty, while the likes of Milan Skriniar, Nuno Mendes, Presnel Kimpembe, and Layvin Kurzawa should miss out with injuries.
Le Racing, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous six league matches. The hosts are eager to claim a major scalp in round 20, but seeing that PSG do not suit them, we are tempted to place our bets on the reigning champions. As for the home team, Saidou Sow is away on international duty, while the likes of Kevin Gameiro, Ismael Doukoure, Jeremy Sebas, and Lebo Mothiba miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Kylian Mbappé):
Kylian Mbappe is a French footballer who plays for Paris Saint-Germain as a forward. The French rising star began his youth career at AS Bondy and in 2013 he moved to AS Monaco. After making 12 appearances for Monaco B, Kylian Mbappe made his debut for the senior team in 2015. Mbappe quickly established himself as a regular goalscorer, with the teenager finding the net 15 times in 29 appearances in the Ligue 1 in the 2016/2017 season.
In 2017 he moved to fellow French club PSG on loan, with the option of making the deal permanent. Kylian Mbappe scored 13 goals in 27 appearances for les Parisiens in the 2017/2018 and it has to be noted that Unai Emery’s troops eventually won the national championship.
Speaking of his international career, Mbappe played an important role for France at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, with the pacey rising star scoring a brace in a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 of the showpiece tournament. The PSG attacker was born in Paris on December 20, 1998.
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.