Dijon vs Marseille by Lucien
Dijon is without a victory in last six matches in Ligue 1, but the team actually did improve in last two matches, firstly at home when they took a point in a game against Monaco 1:1, but also impressed last time out away to Caen, with a 3:3 draw even though they played with a man less since 31st minute of the match.
Players of Caen tried to attack from the first minute and took the lead in 24th with a goal from Santini, but surprisingly were leveled up just two minutes later when Lees Melou scored the equalizer, however visitors stood playing with a man less five minutes later when Bouka Moutou got excluded, while the hosts exploited the situation and had two goals lead at the halftime thanks to Santini and Karamoh. Visitors acted smart in the second halftime and managed to steal a point with goals from Diony and an own goal, despite having numerical disadvantage. Dijon is now just two points above the relegation zone and need to respond here with a victory.
Dijon will continue in their 3-5-2 formation with Tavares and Diony as strikers. Left full back Arnold Bouka (6/0) is suspended after being sent-off in previous game last weekend. Defensive midfielder Florent Balmont (8/0) is injured, as well as central midfielder Marvin Martin (1/0).
Marseille, on the other side, improved last weekend in a home clash against Nancy celebrating 3:0 victory after two matches without a three pointer. It was actually one of their better performances in the season, as the team finally managed to control the game and the result from first till the last moment.
They were attacking and looked better for all ninety minutes, but only broke the opponent's defense in the second halftime when they upped the tempo with goals from Thauvin in 46th, while Gomis doubled up the lead in 80th minute. Things became even more easier two minutes later when Nancy stood playing with a man less, while players of Marseille exploited the situation and sealed the victory with a goal from N'Jie in third minute of additional time. The team is now in the middle of the table with twenty-one point earned, which is six less than Europa League placed.
Visitors from Marseille should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Thauvin, N'Jie and Gomis as strikers. Midfielder Remy Cabella (11/1) continues to be injured and will miss this one, while central midfielder Lass Diarra (8/0) has some chances to play being doubtful, but might not be risked. Injured are also midfielder Abou Diaby (2/0) and left back Henri Bedimo (9/0). Manager Rudi Garcia could name unchanged squad here after a positive performance last time out.
- Dijon are undefeated in their last 7 home matches (Ligue 1).
Dijon comes from two actually positive results, as they managed to avoid defeats against Monaco and Caen (on the road), but are still quite low at the table and in dangerous situation. This means that the team needs to search for a three pointer here, while Marseille comes from a really positive home match last weekend. Both teams seems to be in quite positive momentums now and goals look like granted here, while the odds are more than tempting.