Troyes, Strasbourg, tests effectiveness

Troyes, Strasbourg, tests effectiveness

Troyes and Strasbourg meets in a match that will test how far they can go in the contest, as they meet for their first matches this year. These two teams will meet on January 2, 2022, at 10:00 PM (GMT+8), as Strasbourg entertains Troyes. Among the two, Troyes is the one who is better when it comes to the standings, but they are not safe from the relegation zone. They are currently at 15th, with 15 points, just two spots above the relegation zone. As for Strasbourg, they are at the second to the last of the league table at 19th, having 11 points. Although a win would not let them enter the relegation zone, it could be their key to have a chance to at least enter the knockout round.

These two teams have met for 16 times already across all competitions, and it was the hosts who has the advantage. The hosts won eight times from those 16 encounters, while the visitors have won only thrice, and the remaining five ended in draw. These two teams last met last season, where it ended in a 1-1 draw. The hosts have yet to lose a Ligue 1 match against the visitors, a record they are aiming to continue in this match. This will only be the first time since 2001 they meet without anyone of them being promoted.

Troyes

Ligue 1: Troyes
Photo courtesy of PA Images

Although they are above the relegation zone, their record is no better than their opponent. They are just four points better than Strasbourg, winning only two games. Their last win was recorded months ago already, as they last won in September 2022, against Clermont Foot. Since then, they have been winless in their last eight games, drawing five and losing thrice. It seems like this team have been in love with draws, as it is their results recently. However, now is the time to turn the tables around, and list a win once again in the league.

Mama Balde is serving his suspension, after being suspended for two games, with this match as his second. Karim Azamoum remains to be on their recovery room due to his ACL injury. Luckily, Adil Rami could finally return for Troyes in this match.

Strasbourg

Photo courtesy of Radio France

Getting 11 points from their 16 games puts them at the second from the last in the league table. They only won once in their campaign last October, against the Angers. On their last meeting which is against PSG, they were able to put up a valiant fight against PSG, although that ended with a loss. It was a 2-1 loss for Strasbourg, so at some point, it is still not an embarrassing loss for them. This squad has a confidence coming into this game as they managed to put up an impressive run against the top team on their last meeting.

Alezabder Djiku remains to be doubtful in this game, after the scandal who belong to, but his ban was overturned already. Dagba, Kawashima, Lienard, Le Marchand, Kandil, and Delaine are all struggling with injuries, and are all expected to miss out in this game.

Prediction:

Draw
Odds: 0.86

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