After being knocked out of the Coupe de France by Montpellier HSC, Strasbourg will have payback on their minds when they host La Paillade on Sunday at Stade de la Meinau.
Le Racing began the second half of their Ligue 1 campaign with a 2-0 win over their biggest rivals Metz, while Montpellier come into this contest having won six consecutive matches in all competitions, with their last victory coming against Strasbourg 1-0 at the beginning of the year.
The 2021-22 campaign has given the Strasbourg faithful a reason for optimism with their team collecting 29 points from their opening 19 league games, their highest total to this point of a domestic season since 1996-97 (31) when they finished ninth.
Under Julien Stephan, this team have been effective by often switching up play, as their quick movement and build-up has created a number of quality chances.
When he moved from Rennes to Alsace, Stephan brought with him an experienced defender in Gerzino Nyamsi, and along with Lucas Perrin (on loan from Marseille), they have formed a strong partnership in central defence that has been able to start several attacks for this team.
Having some quality playmakers and a good build-up is excellent, but none of that would matter if not for their solid play in the final third, and Strasbourg have been exceptional when it comes to finishing off their chances, scoring 36 goals thus far, second only to the league-leaders Paris Saint-Germain (40).
Positional rotations in central positions are a crucial part of the tactics employed by Stephan, as this side have possessed perhaps the most precise and effective off-the-ball movement in possession phases of any Ligue 1 side this season.
Les Coureurs use their aerial strength to their advantage, with 10 of their 36 goals coming off headers as they are near the top of the Ligue 1 stats when it comes to crosses, and they are among the most accurate as well, clicking at around 35%.