Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco will host Dijon FCO in their next home fixture in the Ligue 1 on Friday night. The defending champions recently defeated Angers in their last league match away from home by 4-0.
Monaco took the lead as Angers goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle scored an early own goal in the 10th minute of the match. Stevan Jovetic scored a brace for the visitors whereas defender Andrea Raggi nicked the fourth Monaco goal. It was their 16th league victory for Leonardo Jardim’s side, and are currently second in the Ligue 1 with 53 points.
On the other hand, Dijon also won their last league outing against Nice by 3-2 at home. Olivier Dall’Oglio’s team came back from 2-1 down to win the match with all goals scored in the second half of the game.
Striker Julio Tavares bagged two goals; an opener in the 61st minute and another one from the penalty spot. Pierre Lees-Melou and Alassane Plea scored one each for Nice in quick session.
But substitute Chang-Hoon Kwon has the final say stole the show by scoring the winning goal for Olivier Dall’Oglio’s side in the 84th minute. Dijon are 12th in the league, with 31 points after the victory against Lucien Favre’s side.
The two teams have played only six matches against each other in their history. Dijon have never won against their counterparts till date. In those six matches, Monaco have won four of them with two ending in a 1-1 stalemate.
In the reverse fixture back in August, Leonardo Jardim’s side defeated Dijon by 4-1. Columbian striker Radamel Falcao scored the hattrick for Monaco in that match whereas Jemerson also scored one for the away side.
Key Players to watch
Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco)
It has not been a remarkable season for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, but still, he is one of the best players for Leonardo Jardim. The French attacking midfielder hasn’t lived up to the standard he set last season. He has scored two and assisted in six Monaco goals in the league this season.
Julio Tavares (Dijon)
The Cape Verde striker is one of the star performers for Dijon this season. He has scored nine goals and has assisted in two Dijon goals in 15 league appearances this season. Recently bagged two goals against Nice last Sunday, he is a player to watch from Olivier Dall’Oglio’s team.
Club’s top scorer Radamel Falcao is sidelined due to the Thigh injury and is expected to back in a couple of weeks. His deputy Stevan Jovetic will lead the attack against Dijon on Friday night. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic is still doubtful for Leonardo Jardim’s side. Seydou Sy is expected to start between the sticks.
Midfielder Frederic Sammaritano will miss the trip due to the back injury. Central midfielder Xeka is also set to miss the clash as the Portuguese is out with the groin injury. Defensive midfielder Jordan Marie is out due to an ankle injury.
Monaco vs Dijon Key Facts
Monaco vs Dijon Lineup (Predicted XI)
Monaco Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Seydou Sy (GK)
Toure (RB), Glik (CB), Jemerson (CB), Raggi (LB)
Tielemans (CM), Fabinho (CM)
Lopes (RW), Moutinho (CAM), Lemar (LW)
Dijon Lineup (4-3-3)
Chafik (RB), Yambere (CB), Djilobodji (CB), Haddadi (LB)
Balmont (CM), Amalfitano (DM), Abeid (CM)
Monaco vs Dijon Prediction
Monaco are in a good run of form, but surely they’ll miss their star striker Radamel Falcao on Friday. Two back to back league wins have helped Olivier Dall’Oglio’s side to maintain six points gap from the relegation zone. But it will be the much more difficult task for Dijon against the defending champions in their next Ligue 1 trip to Monaco.
Our Prediction: Monaco 3-1 Dijon