Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
All eyes will be on Stade de la Meinau when Strasbourg and PSG go head to head in the Ligue 1 round 37. Le Racing secured the elite division survival thanks to a 1-1 draw with Troyes, meaning that boss Frederic Antonetti can breathe easier ahead of the visit of PSG. Alexander Djiku is banned for the match, while fellow defenders Eduard Sobol, Thomas Delaine, and Eiji Kawashima are out of contention through injuries.
Les Parisiens, on the other hand, are eager to put the icing on the cake on a very successful season. Kylian Mbappe, who scored a brace in a 2-1 win over Auxerre, will be the man to watch in the away team, but the opposition back-line should have Argentina superstar Leo Messi at bay as well. Anyhow, given PSG’s attacking potential, there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. As for the away side, Achraf Hakimi misses out through suspension, while both Nuno Mendes and Nordi Mukiele are sidelined with injuries.
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 (PSG):
Formed by the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain in 1970, Paris Saint-Germain or as they call it PSG is the most successful club in French football with 31 domestic titles to their name. Having won six Ligue 1 title so far, a record ten Coupes de France, a record six Coupes de la Ligue, six Trophees des Champions and one Ligue 2 title, PSG are also one of only two French clubs to ever win a European title.
Les Parisiens were crowned UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup champions back in 1995-96, while their last European trophy was the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Beginning of the new millennium was particularly hard for the celebrated club who flirted with relegation in 2000s before they were bought by the Quatar Sports Investments group in 2011 when the rebirth of the Paris Saint-Germain as we know it today began.
Following heavy squad investments and team boosting, PSG won their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years with Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic almost singlehandedly leading his side towards the trophy with 30 goals. Having established domestic dominance, PSG now set their sights on winning the Champions League which remains an elusive dream for the club from Paris.