Caen vs Dijon by Lucien
It can be said that Caen is now in a bit of the crisis, since the team didn't get a victory in last three matches, coming from 4:2 defeat against Lille last Tuesday evening. It was a bad time for them as Lille finally showed some of their potential, scoring four goals for the first time since April 2016. It was simply a game where the players of Lille did whatever they wanted in attack having a great day.
They opened up the game with a goal in thirteenth minute via Eder, scoring once again seven minutes later via Sliti. Visitors responded in 31st via Feret and even though they were pushing for more, Lille used two minutes lack of their concentration to score again - in 64th via De Preville and a minute later with a goal from Rony Lopes. It was hard to get back into the match from that moment on, but the guests scored once more - six minutes before the full time whistle via Rodelin. After this defeat, Caen is in the red zone, sharing same number of points as safely placed Lille and Bastia.
Home side will be playing in their usual home formation 3-5-2 with Santini and Rodelin as strikers. Emmanuel Imorou is finally back in the team and should be playing here after several weeks of absence. Central defender Alaeddine Yahia remains doubtful, with Patrice Garande probably stepping in the defensive lineup again. Goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre (14/0) continues to be injured, while unfit is right full back Mouhamadou Dabo (2/0).
After two consecutive defeats, Dijon managed to create some positive momentum last time out, as the team took a point in a home match against Monaco that finished 1:1. Visitors looked more serious and concrete with the ball to their feet and took the lead in seventeenth minute via Carrillo, but didn't push much for the second goal and complete dominance over the field.
They paid the price of being too defensive and not that interested for the match, as the hosts equalized in 87th with a goal from Sammaritano and even pushed for the second one in last five minutes. Dijon remained winless in last five matches, having three draws and two defeats, but are still a point above red zone placed sides.
Visitors from Dijon are set to continue in 4-3-3 formation with Tavares, Diony and Sammaritano as forwards. Defensive midfielder Florent Balmont (8/0) is injured, as well as central midfielder Marvin Martin (1/0). Doubtful for this match is right full back Fouad Chafik (12/0) and central defender Cedric Varrault (11/1), both important parts of the defensvie line.
- Caen have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches against Dijon.
Caen might be in some kind of crisis, but in front of their own fans, I still give them advantage to get more positive result. Visitors are coming from a good performance against rock solid side like Monaco is and should be able to threaten here as well. Both teams to score will be my first choice.