Le Mans vs Dijon
Le Mans had a difficult summer, they were in serious risk to be relegated from the league due to debts, but near the end of last week they got the certificate from the federation to participate to the league. Their administration made superhuman efforts and appealed to lot of businessmen in their region and ordinary people to help the team, who really contributed much.
Last season they were saved from relegation at the last minute, and this season it will be even more difficult. So far they did not signed any player, and lot of players left, actually they have weakened considerably, as more than six key players of last season are no longer in their potential. To their preparation friendlies they did not convinced with their performances, except the win over Laval (4-1), they lost 3-0 from a 3rd division team, drew 2-2 against Creteil, and 1-1 against Nior.
Apart from all these problems, they managed to distract a 2-2 draw away to Lens, although they were back to the score with 2-0. It is obvious that the events of summer united them and their teamwork is at a good level, but they are still behind in terms of quality. It is a special season for them after all problems, and i think that they will not push for something more than to ensure their life to the league. Key defensive midfielder and captain of the team Frederic Thomas and main central midfielder Patrick Ekeng will not play due to injuries they got to the game against Lens, while goalkeeper Giorgi Makaridze and defender Jason Buaillon are still out.
Lens vs Le Mans 2-2 Highlights
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The return of Dijon in French Ligue 2 was combined with a victory over Guingamp (1-0) at home. The good news for them is that they no longer play with only one striker in front like last season at Championnat, but new coach prefers a more attacking formation, with Raphael Caceres and Brice Jovial in front line.
Against Guingamp they showed that they are in an excellent physical condition, and that they are fair considered as one of the promotion favorites. Main midfielder Younousse Sankhare is back to the squad after injury, and they will play again with two strikers, no matter that they play away from home. Benjamin Corgnet is at great form, he had a great game against Guingamp, and he is the star midfielder that creates the game, while Caceres and Jovial will play in front.
Dijon vs Guingamp 1-0 Highlights
I think that the lack of an adequate preparation for Le Mans, the absences and the weaknesses to all of their lines, will cost them at this game. May they will play with passion again, like they played against Lens, but Dijon is further better team at the moment with a more quality and experienced roster.
Bet: Dijon +0.25 Asian handicap @1.85 with Pinnacle Sports
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