Dijon will look to keep their hopes of survival alive when they host Strasbourg in the Ligue 1 on Saturday.
It’s been a long season for Dijon, and relegation to the second tier is looking likely. They are currently 19th in the table, which would be enough to get relegated. Caen are above them in 18th, which is the relegation playoff spot. Dijon are two points behind Caen. Monaco are in 17th place, and Dijon are five points behind them. They need to make up the gap fast to avoid relegation.
Dijon have picked up seven points in the last five games, which is a reasonable rate for a side in their position. But their previous two games have ended in defeat. Caen beat them two weeks ago, and that loss was a hard one to take for Dijon. It propelled Caen above them. Nantes defeated them 3-0 last week, and that was a demoralizing loss for Dijon. After Strasbourg, Paris Saint-Germain and Toulouse are their opponents. The PSG game is hard one, and getting points against Strasbourg is vital.
Dijon have struggled for goals this season. They have scored just 27 in the league so far. Their top scorer this season is Wesley Said, who has scored only four league goals. Julio Tavares, Mehdi Abeid, and Nayef Aguerd all are on three goals. Goals have been a significant problem all season, and their attackers need to step up if they are to avoid relegation. Their goal difference is -27, which is the second-worst in the division.
Strasbourg are their opponents, who are not in the best run themselves. They are winless in their last five league games, losing one of them. That loss was a 3-1 result against Montpellier. Despite their poor form, they do have something to cheer about. Strasbourg defeated Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue final, which gave them a rare trophy. That means that they have qualified for the Europa League for next season.
They knocked out big teams like Lyon and Marseille in their run to cup glory. But since that win in the final, they have won just one game. In the last five games, Strasbourg have conceded nine goals. Last week they played Marseille, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Kenny Lala rescued a point for them after Marseille took the lead through Valere Germain.
Strasbourg are currently 10th in the Ligue 1 table, and they should be hopeful of finishing in the top half. Their last win was a 4-0 defeat of Stade Reims in April, and coach Thierry Laurey will be keen to get back to winning ways. In Dijon, they have a favorable opponent to do so.
Dijon vs Strasbourg Prediction
This game will be a close one, but Strasbourg will be slight favorites. Strasbourg should get back to winning ways, and put Dijon on the brink of relegation in the process.