Ligue 1 is back after its three-week winter break, and matchday 20 kicks-off on Friday night with Strasbourg against Guingamp. Both teams are looking comfortable in their mid-table positions; Strasbourg in particular will be more than content with their eighth place having just been promoted to France’s top-tier for the first time since 2008 by winning Ligue 2.

RCS have conceded 31 goals so far – the second most in the top 15 positions – but have still managed to record six wins and six draws, despite a modest attacking record. Due to the closeness of the league table, three points on Friday night would see Strasbourg go as high as sixth – until Saturday, at least. Conversely, an eighth loss of the campaign could see the current five-point gap to the relegation places close, and increase Thierry Laurey’s worries of dropping straight back down a division.

Guingamp, meanwhile, finished 10th last season and would consider any improvement on that as a success. With the commune home to around 7,500 people, this is a club very much overachieving. However, their ultimate aim is to finish strongly enough that they can return to European football, as in 2014/15 when the side reached the last-32 of the Europa League.

In the Coupe de France, a competition that EAG won in 2014 by beating Rennes in the final, Guingamp are up against holders Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 32. With defeat against the division’s strongest side likely, success and progress will be gauged by their league finish. EAG have a weak scoring record, with just 21 goals in 19 games, but they have been saved by a mean defence (24 conceded).

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