French Ligue 1 Lyon vs Dijon Preview and Prediction: Two teams on opposite ends of the table will face off as Dijon will face Lyon on Saturday.
Two teams on opposite ends of the table will face off as Dijon will take on Lyon on Saturday. Lyon is third in the table, and they are gunning for Champions League football next season. Dijon, on the other hand, are last in Ligue 1, and they are favorites to go down.
Bruno Genesio’s side has strung an impressive campaign, and they trail second-placed Lille by four points. Lyon has a young and dynamic side skippered by Nabil Fekir, and the youngsters have shown maturity beyond their years. The likes of Houssem Aouar, Tanguy Ndombele, and Ferland Mendy are exciting young prospects for the future. Their attack is headlined by Memphis Depay, along with striker Moussa Dembele.
They lost their last match 3-2, as Rennes knocked them out of the French Cup. Their league form is good, and they have suffered just one defeat in their previous five games. Lyon’s defense has been weak in recent weeks, with only one clean sheet in their last eight matches. On the other hand, they don’t have any problem scoring goals. Their attack has found the net 17 times in the previous seven games.
Dijon lost last week to Nice, which meant that they slipped to the foot of the table. They are 2 points behind the relegation playoff place, and nine points adrift of direct safety. The playoff seems the best they can do at this stage, and manager Antoine Kombouare will take that gladly as well.
His side is winless in their last five league games, losing four of them. A faltering attack has been their main problem, and only Guingamp have scored fewer goals than Dijon’s 21. Kombouare has been at the club for three months, but he has failed to conjure up any visible improvement. Naim Sliti is their talisman, and he has been responsible for the majority of their goals this season.
French Ligue 1 Lyon vs Dijon Preview and Prediction
It looks as if Genesis will be given the long-term job at Lyon, and a convincing win against Dijon should seal it from him. Dijon is perfect opposition to bounce back from their cup hiccup in front of their home fans. Mendy will miss for them through injury, and Fernando Marcal should deputize at left-back. Frederic Sammaritano will miss the game for Dijon after he was sent off against Nice in their last game.
The last seven clashes between these sides have seen more than 2.5 goals, so the game should be an exciting one for the neutral. Lyon won the previous meeting 3-0, as Dembele bagged a brace on that day. Dijon’s away form is terrible, and they have failed to score in their last seven outings.
They will attempt to strangulate Lyon, but the home side should have enough attacking quality to win comfortably. Odds are on them keeping a clean sheet as well, and they could cut the gap to second place to just a point. All signs point to a comfortable home win for Lyon.
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