Dijon had alternating results in the first part of the season, and the 10th place fully reflects their performances so far.
They are usually very aggressive in all games, regardless if home or away and regardless the opponent. That is why they scored 1.47 goals per game so far, but ended up conceding 1.73 goals.
This winter they lost central defender Lang who used to be a regular, and so far no replacements arrived.
Metz finished the year on 2 consecutive victories, and it was by far their best period in the first part of the season. The difference was made by the attacking players who showed increased inventivity and started scoring goals. They created plenty of chances in the last 2 games and also managed to score 3 goals per game.
Metz also started 2018 with a positive result and once again impressed in the attacking phase. They won 4-2 over 3rd division side Dunkerque and qualified further to the next stage.
This winter they have transferred-in experienced attacking midfielder Milicevic from Gent. Milicevic seems like a great asset and should be able to add more strength to the attacking department.
Metz continue to miss keeper Didillon, defender Udol, and midfielders Jouffre, Mollet and Nguette.
Both sides focus more on the attacking phase and this should be seen in the final result. Over 2.75 goals at 2.07
Dijon: Leroy, Reynet – Chafik, Djilobodji, Haddadi, Rosier, Varrault, Yambéré – Abeid, Balmont, Kwon, Marié, Massouema, Sammaritano, Sliti – Jeannot, Saïd, Tavares
Metz : Bernardeau, Kawashima – Bisevac, Niakhaté, Assou-Ekotto, Selimovic, Rivierez, Balliu, Diagne, Palmieri – Philipps, Mandjeck, Cohade, M.Dossevi, Milicevic – Roux, Rivière, I.Niane