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Picks for Strasbourg – Caen (28.11.2017)


RC Strasbourg went well over the match played on “Stade Geoffroy-Guichard” with AS Saint-Étienne, with which he scored 2-2, and managed to recover every time after being led (Hernani 41, Kévin Monnet-Paquet 56 – Jean-Eudes Aholou 45, Jonas Martin 63 penalty). In the previous round, Strasbourg won 2-1 with Stade Rennais, so he managed to win 4 points in the last two stages.

After the match at Saint-Étienne, the team coached by Thierry Laurey climbed to 17th place in the standings, being above the barrage line, pointing to OGC Nice, both teams having 14 points. The Alsatian team is just 2 points away from the first relegation spot, so he has a lot of work to do until he finds himself saved.

“White-blue” have won only 3 matches this season, with Lille OSC (3-0, home), OGC Nice (2-1, away), Stade Rennais (2-1, home) draws and 6 defeats. The goal of the team is to keep in Ligue 1 and, given that FC Metz already seems relegated, they have a good chance of not returning to Ligue 2.

There will be a very important match at home at “Stade de la Meinau” with SM Caen, where it would be important to win. It will be a very difficult game, because the opponent is much more in shape, being in the Europa League area, but it would be very important if he got the 3 points, especially since in the next two stages Strasbourg played with Paris Saint-Germain home) and Girondins Bordeaux (away).

“Le Racing” played this season 6 times on the ground, the balance being quite weak, 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats, the goal being 11 goals scored and 9 goals scored. RC Strasbourg has 14 points in the standings and, with a success in the Tuesday match, would make 17 points, which would be very important for the morale of the players before the PSG match. The hosts can not count on Senegal’s left-handed defender Abdallah N’Dour and Ivorian striker Kevin Zohi who are injured. With medical problems are right-wing defender Dimitri Foulquier, central Moroccan defender Ismael Aaneba and midfielder Anthony Gonçalves.


SM Caen managed a lucky victory at home at Stade Michel d’Ornano with Girondins Bordeaux, who defeated it with a score of 1-0 due to the goal scored by Ivan Santini in the 24th minute. In the previous round, Caen did not managed only a draw, on his own field, with OGC Nice, score 1-1. So the players went well over that 0-5 on “Vélodrome” with Olympique Marseille, managing to win 4 points in the last two stages.

The team trained by Patrice Garande is ranked 6th in the standings after 14 rounds, with 22 points, after having won 7 wins, a draw and six defeats. For now, Caen is well in the league, being in the Europa League area. The Normandy team has no way to fight for a Champions League position, because Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique Lyon, AS Monaco and Olympique Marseille are much stronger, but will try this season to qualify for the Europa League.

“Red-Blues” are only one spot in the 5th place, FC Nantes, which is the Europa League. There will be a away match, with the newly promoted RC Strasbourg, in which it would be important to get the 3 points. SMC is the kind of team that either wins or loses, having in the 14 stages only one result of equality. It would be important to get a positive result in Strasbourg, because there will be some very difficult matches with Olympique Lyon, Toulouse FC and AS Monaco.

In the 6 matches played away, SM Caen managed 2 victories with Lille OSC (2-0) and Stade Rennais (1-0), while remaining four defeats. On the way, the team usually defensive, managing to score only 3 goals in the 6 matches. With the exception of the match played on Vélodrome with OM, all of Caen’s outcomes in the disputed matches were less than 2.5 goals. There are two players unavailable for Tuesday night’s match, the central defender Florian Le Joncour, who has problems with the adductor muscles and the far-right Haitian right Jeff Louis, who is injured on his knees. The medical center is Youssef central midfielder Aït Bennasser, who is uncertain.

Under 2,5 goals @ 1.70

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