Dijon will host struggling Amiens in the round 29 of Ligue 1 season. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm GMT at Municipal Gaston Gerard.
Dijon has kicked on recently with 3 games unbeaten run, salvaging 5 points from those matches, including one win and 2 draws, their recent game ending in a thrilling 2-2 draw away from home, against Saint-Etienne. With 36 points in 28 games, they are sitting at the 10th position in the league table.
The impressive goalscoring form of their forward Tavares has solidified their position in the mid-table. Dijon are enjoying their recent home glory with 5 wins from 5 matches. However, Dijon have had a terrible away outing; 9 losses from 14 matches. With home advantage in place, they will definitely want to secure all three points in the game against Amiens.
On the other hand, Amiens are going through a disappointing phase in the league. The below-par performance has led to a sudden relegation threat. With just 29 points in 28 games, Amiens are fighting for their lives near the relegation zone by just a single point. Coming from a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Rennes last week, they have low confidence ahead of this crucial away fixture.
Amiens have a disastrous away record with just 3 wins from 14 games. They have lacked in all the disciplines and have endured more pressure from the oppositions. With just 10 games left to play in the season, this passage of play will be absolutely crucial for them to survive in the top flight.
Key Players To Watch
The Dijon striker, Julio Tavares is growing with confidence, thanks to his impressive league outing so far with 11 goals and 2 assists. He moves into this match with consecutive goals in last two league games against Saint-Etienne and Caen. The center-forward will be a crucial player for the home team to earn the all-important 3 points and strengthen their league position.
Moussa Konate will carry the responsibility to guide his team in the crucial away game. With 7 goals and one assist so far, he has shown some fighting spirit time and again. But with all or nothing situation arising, Konate must be consistent as he holds a key for his side.
Head to Head
Dijon and Amiens have faced 7 times against each other; Dijon lead the bout with the 5-2 advantage.
However, Amiens go into this game with confident booster 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture about four months back.
Olivier Dall’Oglio has to marshal his troops in the absence of midfielders Xeka and Mossouema following an injury. Furthermore, defender Chafik is doubtful for the game sustaining an abdominal injury.
In-form striker Tavares will lead the attack for the home side with the help from Wesley Said and Naim Sliti.
Amiens will be dented by the injury of forward Kakuta and midfielder Bodmer.
Similarly, attacker Cornette is still suffering from the leg injury and is expected to be sidelined from Saturday’s game.
Dijon vs Amiens Lineup (Predicted XI)
Dijon Lineup (4-3-3)
Defenders: Rosier (RB), Yambere (RCB), Djilobodji (LCB), Haddadi (LB)
Midfielders: Amalfitano (RM), Abeid (CM), Lautoa (LM)
Forwards: Said (RWF), Tavares (CF), Sliti (LWF)
Amiens Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defenders: Cissokho (RB), Adenon (RCB), Gouano (LCB), Dibassy (LB)
Midfielders: Monconduit (RDM), Ielsch (LDM), Tusumgama (RM), Mendoza (CM), Bourgaud (LM)
Forwards: Konate (ST)
Dijon vs Amiens Prediction
Christopher Pelissier’s Men will be oozing with confidence following their victory over Dijon in the reverse fixture. However, their recent poor league form implies severe pressure for them to salvage anything from this match.
Dijon, on the other hand, will look to bag 3 points at home and secure their position with the league going into the final phase. The home side comparatively looks solid in the attack than their opponents.
We expect a close-fought bout between these sides. So, our prediction for this match is a 2-1 victory for Dijon, in their home soil.