Monaco vs Dijon by Lucien
After couple of setbacks in January, Monaco responded with some more concrete performances lately, most recently winning away from home against Angers 0:4 last Saturday evening. They have opened up the game in the best possible manner, by taking the lead in tenth minute via an own goal, while Jovetic doubled up the lead in 30th minute.
It was all about Monaco during the whole ninety minutes, as they also looked very concrete with the chances they had, sealing the three pointer with another goal from Jovetic in 65th and a goal from Raggi in 71st minute. This was third consecutive victory in official matches for Monaco, second in Ligue 1 as the side keeps the second position having twelve points less than leaders from PSG, but also just a point more than third placed Marseille.
Forward Falcao (20/17) and offensive midfielder Thomas Lemar (17/2) are doubtful for this one, while injured remain goalkeeper Diego Benaglio (3/0) and midfielder Adama Traore (3/0). Jovetic should lead their atack in 4-2-3-1 formation with the help of Moutinho, Keita and Lopes as offensive midfielders.
Dijon, on the other side, improved really decently in last two matches, as the side firstly won at home over Rennes back in January, but then also defeated Nice 3:2 also at their own home last weekend.
It was one of more interesting matches last weekend, as the players of Nice looked better in the first halftime, but failed to find a way to score, while the second part got much more interesting once the hosts took the lead via Tavares in 61st minute.
Visitors replied back straighh away and reverted the scoreline via Lees Melou and Plea in next few minutes, but the hosts were awarded for their fighting spirit and got the three pointer via penalty taken from Tavares in 78th and Chang-Hoon's goal in 84th minute when Nice risked with open approach. Overall feeling is that the visiting side deserved more, but the hosts were really good with the ball to their feet, even though they didn't have much of possession.
The side remains at 12th position for the moment, having six points more than play-out placed Angers and being nowhere safe for now in the relegation battle.
Guests should continue in a version of 4-3-3 formation with Sliti and Chang-Hoon on the wings, plus Tavares as central striker. Midfielders Xeka (15/2), Jordan Marie (18/1) and Frederic Sammaritano (19/0) are injured for this clash.
- Monaco scored at least one goal in their last 5 matches and Dijon in their last 3 matches.
There's no doubt that Monaco will be looking for a victory here, since they can't afford to slip down the third position that doesn't grant them playing in Champions League group stage. There is very little what Dijon actually can do away from home against such a strong opponent, however they know that they can't stand just behind the ball, not after their humiliation against PSG recently. In any way, a real surprise would be low scoring game here.