Although they haven’t won in more than a month now, Dijon are playing good football and are extremely determined in the field.
Take last round for example, they played in 10 for an entire hour, but still managed to win a valuable point (3-3 away at Caen). Sure, they were dominated for most of the game, but never gave up and were constantly dangerous on counters.
Dijon are scoring goals, but they could be even more productive in the attacking phase. Sometimes they use the classic 4-4-2 system with emphasis on the flanks. That’s when Dijon are most dangerous, as they have fast and skilled wingers (Sammaritano for example). But lately coach Dall’Oglio switched to the 5-3-2 formula, in the attempt to strengthen the defensive phase. Unfortunately this is just a waste of resources, as they are still conceding goals, and there is no real defensive improvement.
Hosts will miss fullback Bouka Moutou who is suspended. Midfielders Balmont and Martin will also sit out again.
Marseille imposed the rhythm last week against Nancy, and the 3-0 victory was fully deserved. Solely from an attacking point of view, it was one of their best performances so far this season. They reached opponents’ penalty box from only a few touches, and managed to create a huge number of scoring opportunities.
But there’s a different story in the defensive phase. They kept a clean sheet only because opponents’ forward was in really poor. Central defenders Rolando and Fanni are very experienced players, but they are also slow, and it’s almost impossible for them to deal with fast counters.
Usually Diarra is the only central midfielder providing constant support for defenders. Unfortunately he gets injured quite frequently nowadays, and is replaced by young Zambo Anguissa, who may be skilled, but lacks experience and even discipline.
Diarra will miss again this round, same as midfielder Cabella. On the other, winger Alessandrini is once again available.
This should be an action packed encounter, with plenty of scoring chances and at least a couple of goals. Some late goals may also be in the cards, as it seems that lately both sides increase rhythm in the final 10 minutes. OVER 2.75 GOALS at 2.08
Dijon : B.Leroy, Reynet – Bernard, Chafik, Lang, Loties, Rüfli, Varrault – Abeid, R.Amalfitano, Bahamboula, Gastien, Lees-Melou, Marié, Sammaritano – Diony, Y.Rivière, Tavares
Marseille: Samba, Pele – Sakai, Doria, Rekik, Rolando, Hubocan, Fanni, Andonian – Vainqueur, Khaoui, Machach, Zambo, Lopez – Alessandrini, Njie, Sarr, Gomis, Iseka, Thauvin.