Dijon vs Marseille: Preview, Prediction, Team News, & Lineups
After the ten days long international break, the Ligue 1 competition returns this Saturday. In the only game of the day, mid-table club Dijon will host the third-placed club Marseille in the 31st league round at Municipal Gaston Gerard. The exciting game is scheduled to start at 4:00 pm GMT.
Although the home side are undefeated in their last 5 league games, they have drawn 4 of their 5 games and have managed to win just a single match. After registering a 2-0 home win over Caen, Dijon have drawn three games in a row including their 2-2 draw against Montpellier in the last league sitting.
With 10 wins and 12 draws from 30 league games, the home team are currently placed at 10th position in the league table managing 38 points in the process. They are eyeing to end their league season by finishing in the top half of the table. However, with teams closely following them from behind, the home team would certainly want to change the string of draws into wins in the upcoming end-half of the league.
Meanwhile, the visitors have looked good so far this season with 17 wins from 30 games. Marseille are placed at 3rd position in the league table with 59 points and are trailing 2nd placed Monaco by 7 points.
However, Les Phoceens suffered a daunting blow after losing their last league game by 3-2 margin against their close rivals Lyon. Courtesy of the uncanny loss, Marseille have jeopardized their position in the league table as Lyon are just 2 points away from catching them. With Champions League qualification at stake, the visitors would possibly want to avoid further setbacks as the league reaches its end phase.
Head to Head
The two French clubs have faced 5 times against each other in the past. Marseille have been the better side in the confrontation as they have registered 3 to 1 lead.
Marseille are holding 3 games unbeaten run against their Saturday’s rivals and will come down the middle with oozing confidence after hammering the home team in the reverse fixture by a comfortable 3-0 score-line.
Key Players to Watch
The young French forward is in solid form lately. With four goals in the last three league games, he has moved his tally to 9 goals and 3 assists so far this league season. Said comes into this game following his two stellar goals against Montpellier in the last league sitting.
Playing on a right side, he inflicts sheer pressure on the opposition back-line and looks to score whenever he gets the opportunity. The home side will fully depend on the performance of their star forward, in the quest of registering crucial away victory.
With important goals in the Marseille’s journey to the last 8 of UEFA Europa League, Lucas Ocampos has been in sublime form for the visitors in the recent weeks.
Ocampos has the goal tally of 7 in this season’s Ligue 1 competition. With the final phase of league competition passing by, Ocampos holds a key man for Marseille to inflict serious damage on the home side. He would like to carry on his late momentum and strengthen his team’s league position.
The home team are dealing with a lot of injury concerns at the moment. In-form striker Junior Tavares sustained a late thigh injury which will keep him out of the action for some time.
Similarly, Midfielder duo of Sammaritano and Mehdi Abeid will miss the action for the home team following the injury.
Defender Papy Djilobdji will miss this week’s action following a suspension.
Rudi Garcia’s men have two injury issues ahead of the away fixture.
Defender Hiroki Sakai who suffered blow in the last league game is doubtful for the game as he is still recovering from the hip injury.
Midfielder Andre Anguissa joins the defender on the injury list following a late hamstring injury.
Last matchday’s goal scorer, Konstantinos Mitroglou is expected to start up front for the away side in place of Valere Germain.
Dijon vs Marseille Lineup (Predicted XI)
Dijon Lineup (4-4-2)
Defenders: Rosier (RB), Yambere (RCB), Lautoa (LCB), Chafik (LB)
Midfielders: Balmont (RM), Xeka (RCM) Amalfitano (LCM), Sliti(LM)
Marseille Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defenders: Kamara (RB), Rami (RCB), Rolando (LCB), Amavi (LB)
Midfielders: Lopez (RDM), Gustavo (LDM), Thauvin (RM), Payet (CM), Ocampos (LM)
Dijon vs Marseille Prediction
The face-off between 3rd place side and 10th placed side doesn’t look that interesting in the paper. However, with Champions League place at stake, the visitors take this game as a serious affair in the league’s end road.
The home team have failed to get a winning touch in most of the recent games as they have ended in a disappointing draws. The current situation will not come to the aid of the home team in the clash against strong Marseille side.
With reverse fixture win in their bank, we expect the visitors to get a compelling 2-0 victory over the home side.