Ligue 1: Caen vs Dijon Preview and Prediction

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Caen vs Dijon Preview

Caen will look to give themselves a slim chance of escaping relegation when they welcome Dijon to Stade Michel d’Ormano in the Ligue 1 on Sunday.

The Normandy outfit are currently 19th in the Ligue 1 table. They have picked up 26 points from 33 games and are two points ahead of 20th-placed Guingamp. Further, they trail their visitors by 2 points and will look to upstage them after the match.

Caen are currently 6 points away from safety, with Monaco and Amiens occupying the 16th and 17th place respectively. Both teams are level on points with 32 and SMC will hope to win their remaining games and give themselves a genuine chance of survival.

It is a similar situation for their opponents Dijon. They are currently languishing in 18th place, 2 points ahead of their opponents and are looking to escape relegation. A win coupled with favorable results elsewhere can take them to just a point away from safety, and Antoine Kombouare’s men will be pumped to make this count.

Thus, this is set to be an exciting relegation six-pointer with both teams needing a win.

Injuries

Caen boss Fabien Mercadal is likely to be without Aly NDom and Ismael Diomande as they are recovering from a knee and calf problem respectively. Defender Adama Mbengue has recovered from a thigh injury and is now back in training. The gaffer has the rest of his squad available for the match.

Coming to their opponents, defender Valentin Rosier is a long-term absentee with a toe injury and is not expected to play again this season. Midfielder Mehdi Abeid is likely to miss out with a thigh injury once again. Kombouare is blessed with a clean bill of health as he has the rest of the squad to choose from.

Head-To-Head

Caen have won 2 while Dijon have come out victorious three times. Both sides last met in the Coupe de la Ligue a few months back where Dijon ran away 3-1 winners.

Caen vs Dijon Prediction

Thus, Caen will be looking for revenge, but their home form says otherwise. They have failed to win any of their last seven home games and have lost their previous three home games in a row. To make things worse, they have been unable to find the back of the net in their last two games at Stade Michel d’Ormano.

However, Mercadal’s side did upset Nice in their previous match, winning the game by a solitary goal. Their opponents, Dijon, are unbeaten in their last three games, winning 3-2 against Rennes, drawing 0-0 with Amiens and pulling off an upset 3-1 win at Lyon.

Thus, the form and momentum are with visitors. However, the stakes ensure both teams will go out and attack with Dijon slight favorites heading into the match.

Dijon to Win @ 1.85 at William Hill

Predicted Line-ups:

Predicted Caen XI: Samba; Zahary, Gradit, Djiku, Imorou; Deminguet, Sankho, Oniangue; Khaoui, Crivelli, Ninga

Predicted Dijon XI: Runarsson; Alphonse, Yambere, Aguerd, Chafik; Marie, Balmont, Amalfitano; Said, Jeannot, Sliti

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