Preview - Strasbourg vs Caen 09 December 1

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Match Day 17
Strasbourg vs. Caen
Sunday, December 9th 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Meinau

Last five matches form: D D L W D
Average goals per match: 1.56
Average goals against per match: 1.19
Top Scorer: Lebo Mothiba (6)

Last five matches form: L D L D L
Average goals per match: 0.81
Average goals against per match: 1.25
Top Scorer: Claudio Beauvue & Enzo Crivelli (3)

Something of a depleted fixture list on Match Day 17 in Ligue 1. We do still have a few games on though, one of which sees two sides struggling for form clash at the Stade de la Meinau, as Strasbourg play host to Caen.

This game ended in a goalless draw last season, with Caen coming out on top 2-0 in the reverse fixture.

Jeremy Grimm and Idriss Saadi sit this one out for Strasbourg. Caen must do without Romain Genevois.

Strasbourg haven't by any means been playing badly this season, they simply seem to struggle for consistency and are yet to win back to back games. They do at least seem to have made themselves pretty tough to beat though, with just one loss in their past nine. They have lost two of seven at home this season, against Nantes and Nîmes.

Any problems of form Strasbourg have endured are nothing compared to those of Caen who now have just one win in their past 13 in all competitions. Away from home in Ligue 1 their record is even worse with just one victory in their past 17.

Third bottom at present Caen are going to need to start winning a game or two sooner rather than later. It seems unlikely that they are going to be able to do it away from home though and this looks like a win for the home side. It might be tight though.

Prediction: Strasbourg 1 - 0 Caen


Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  7 - 4
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks: 8 - 4
Possession: 64% - 36%

Just the one booking for each side in this one, with referee Olivier Thual taking the names of Ibrahima Sissoko of Strasbourg and Younn Zahary of Caen.

A tight match overall. Strasbourg did edge it on the stats, but not by much, and they were after all the home side. Caen never threw the towel in though and were probably just about value for their point in the end.

Strasbourg flew out of the traps here, taking the lead in the fifth minute. Lovely passing move through the centre of midfield culminating with Pablo Martinez exchanging passes with Adrien Thomasson on the edge of the area, bursting into the box and prodding home into the bottom right from around 12-yards.

Caen were back on level terms in the 22nd minute. Matz Sels punching a cross clear, but only as far as Faycal Fajr on the edge of the area to the right-hand side. With Sels grounded Fajr finished into the bottom left corner.

It took Strasbourg just one minute to regain the lead. Nice passing through the centre of the park again, and another assist for Thomasson, this time slipping in Lebo Mothiba to dink the ball over the outrushing Brice Samba. 2-1 at the break.

The equaliser came ten minutes from time, and it was a cracker. The ball being cleared to just outside the area to be met by a first-time volley from Saif-Eddine Khaoui which rocketed into the left hand side of the goal.

Strasbourg poured it on late in search of a winner, but Caen held on. 2-2 final score.

Caen remain third bottom and in the relegation zone but will nevertheless count this as a big point gained on the road. Strasbourg move up to eighth.

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