Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Strasbourg will be aiming to extend their winning run in the Ligue 1 to three games when they host St Etienne at their Stade de la Meinau on Matchday 20. Le Racing seem to be finding their best form, and it is no wonder bookies see them as favourites to win Saturday’s football match. The likes of Kamara, Kone, Mothiba, Saadi, and Sels are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Les Verts, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Reims. St Etienne conceded eight goals in total in the previous four league fixtures, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Strasbourg’s party at Stade de la Meinau. Since key midfielder Wahbi Khazri suffered a muscle injury, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise.
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 (St Etienne):
Saint Etienne are a professional football club that compete in French Ligue 1. Les Verts were founded in 1919 by employees of a grocery store chain based in Saint Etienne. Saint Etienne wear green shirts and white shorts when playing at home ground and they play their home matches at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
The stadium was opener on 13 September, 1931 and following the renovation the capacity of the venue increased to 42 000. In 1981 les Verts won their tenth Ligue 1 trophy, but they have been in the shadow of Ligue 1 giants Lyon and PSG in the 21st century.
Speaking of the club’s European success, Saint Etienne made it to the European Cup (Champions League) final in 1976, but Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich proved to be a big catch for the French outfit. Anyhow, that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. It has to be noted that the likes of Michel Platini, Jacques Santini, Laurent Blanc and Aime Jacquet all played for Saint Etienne in the past.