Montpellier vs Dijon
Montpellier had actually pretty positive previous season overall. The club ended up at the tenth position with only four points less than Europa League and sixth-placed Bordeaux. They were actually involved in the battle for European places for long and it's nothing to be ashamed of for a club of their reputation.
No doubt that they will try to repeat similar season and actually build upon that, finally making a move towards the Europa League group stage and European scene.
The team brought offensive midfielder Florent Mollet from Metz, defensive midfielder Junio Sambia from Niort. Striker Ande Delort came on a loan deal from Toulouse, while central defender Damien Le Tallec came on a free transfer from Crvena zvezda. Right defender Nordi Mukiele went to Leipzig, while left-back Jerome Roussillon gone to Wolfsburg. Striker Casimir Ninga has gone to Caen, with the club overall making a great profit during the transfer window.
- The side looked decently well in the pre-season matches having drawn against Burnley and Villarreal in latest phase. They have ended the friendly matches with a 2:0 victory over Genoa last Saturday thanks to goals from Delort and Sambia.
Delort should lead their attack in 3-4-2-1 formation. Sambia and Mollet should be his offensive support. Newly signed Florent Mollet should also be starting.
Dijon didn't have that excellent previous season, but in the end, managed to get more than decent eleventh position staying eleven points ahead of the red zone. They were some turbulence during the season, but there's no doubt that club would feel satisfied with another similar season as they individually aren't looking much better than relegation strugglers.
Their biggest problem was the defensive lineup in the previous season, as they conceded 73 goals - far more than all bottom-placed sides with exception of rock-bottom Metz that conceded three more. Their away matches were especially poor, with the biggest strength staying with their home results as they were the fifth home performer in the league overall.
Offensive Naim Sliti came from Lille, central defender Nayef Aguerd was signed from FUS Rabat, while goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson came from Nordsjaelland. Goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet has gone to Toulouse, while few players have left them on a free transfer.
- Dijon didn't look well in the pre-season matches, having defeats to Strasbourg and Southampton, also draws against Sochaux and Dijon. Their last friendly match was a 2:1 defeat last Saturday afternoon against Reims.
Tavares and Jeannot are set to be their offensive weapons in 4-3-1-2. Slitti should be acting behind them. New signing midfielder Yoann Gourcuff is doubtful with the level of his fitness for now. Offensive midfielder Known Chang-Hoon is a long-term absentee.
Montpellier was one of the positive surprises in the previous season and with the way the team looked in friendlies, I dare to say that they should keep up with similar progress. Dijon is far away from a reliable team, especially when playing on the road and I don't see them jeopardizing Montpellier in this one.
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Montpellier vs Dijon prediction
Montpellier Wins @ 1.74 with Pinnacle