All you need to know about Strasbourg v. Paris!
The history, the stakes and the keys to the game! Find out all you need to know ahead of the game between Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace and Paris Saint-Germain on Matchday 37 of Ligue 1, tomorrow at 21:00 CET at the Stade de la Meinau.
a bit of history...
This will be the 72nd competitive fixture between Paris Saint-Germain and Strasbourg, and the advantage is with Les Parisiens, who have registered 39 wins, 19 draws and just 13 defeats in this fixture.
Whilst the capital club are unbeatable against Racing at the Parc des Princes (they haven't lost to them there once in 36 games), it's a different story in Alsace, where Paris have picked up 11 wins, 11 draws and 13 defeats in 35 competitive fixtures.
Since Strasbourg's return to the top flight in 2017, Les Rouge et Bleu have played five games at the Stade de la Meinau, coming away with two wins (4-2 on 13th December 2017 in the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue and 4-1 on 10th April 2021 in Ligue 1), two draws (1-1 on 5th December 2018 and 3-3 on 29th April 2022, both in Ligue 1) and one defeat (1-2 on 2nd December 2017 in Ligue 1).
Paris's biggest win in Alsace dates back to 22nd August 1992 – a 4-0 league victory thanks to goals from Laurent Fournier, George Weah (who opened his Paris Saint-Germain account with a brace in this game) and François Calderaro.
Paris are on a run of 11 straight competitive fixtures without defeat against Strasbourg (eight wins and three draws), with 32 goals scored and just 14 conceded.
26 players have plied their trade for both clubs: Albert Baning, Carlos Bianchi, François Brisson, José Cobos, Colin Dagba, Amara Diané, Franck Dja Djédjé, Youri Djorkaeff, Raymond Domenech, Pierre Ducrocq, Richard Dutruel, Vincent Fernandez, Kevin Gameiro, Xavier Gravelaine, Jean-Noël Huck, Danijel Ljuboja, Francis Llacer, Peguy Luyindula, Pascal Nouma, Jacki Novi, Godwin Okpara, Grégory Paisley, Francis Piasecki, Stéphane Pichot, Bruno Rodriguez and Nambatingue Toko.
Dominique Rocheteau and Kylian Mbappé are Paris Saint-Germain's top scorers against Strasbourg, with six goals scored each. They sit ahead of Christian (five goals), Edinson Cavani, George Weah (four goals each), Paul Le Guen and Pedro Miguel Pauleta (three goals each).
Weah and Mbappé are Paris's top scorers in competitive fixtures away to Strasbourg, with four goals each.
One Paris player has achieved the feat of scoring four goals in the same game against Strasbourg: Christian, in a 4-2 win at the Parc des Princes on 26th January 2000.
Three Paris players have bagged a brace away to Strasbourg: George Weah (in the aforementioned 4-0 win on 22nd August 1992), Laurent Robert (in a 2-1 win on 19th May 2001) and Kylian Mbappé (in last season's 3-3 draw on 29th April 2022).
League leaders Paris Saint-Germain have a six-point lead over second-placed RC Lens going into Matchday 37 and could be crowned champions if Les Lensois fail to beat Ajaccio or if Paris avoid defeat in Alsace.
Paris are still in the running to achieve an unprecedented feat in French top-flight history: Les Rouge et Bleu have led the Ligue 1 table since Matchday 1 and could become the first club to spend an entire season in this position.
The capital club are on a run of six straight away wins in the league (3-0 in Marseille, 2-1 in Brest, 2-0 in Nice, 2-1 in Angers, 3-1 in Troyes and 2-1 in Auxerre). The club record in this respect is eight consecutive away wins, which was set during the 2016–2017 season.
Paris have come out on top in 14 of their 18 away league games so far this season, with one draw and three defeats. Les Rouge et Bleu could still equal their own record of 15 wins from 19 away games, set during the 2015–2016 season.
Away to Strasbourg, Paris could also notch up their 28th league win of the campaign, a total that they have reached on just three previous occasions in a single season (29 wins in both 2017–2018 and 2018–2019, 30 wins in 2015–2016).
THE KEYS TO THE GAME...
Paris Saint-Germain will be able to rely upon serial goalscorer Kylian Mbappé, who has netted at least once in Les Rouge et Bleu's last six Ligue 1 outings (against Lens, Angers, Lorient, Troyes, Ajaccio and Auxerre). The club record in this respect is held by Carlos Bianchi, who got himself on the scoresheet in eight consecutive games in the 1978–1979 season, putting him ahead of Edinson Cavani (2017–2018), Mbappé himself (2018–2019) and Neymar Jr (2019–2020), who have all scored at least once in seven straight league games.
Warren Zaïre-Emery, meanwhile, could feature in his 30th competitive fixture for Paris tomorrow night in what would be an unprecedented feat for a 17-year-old player.