With a couple of minutes before the final whistle, Dijon were leading 2-1 last round away at Bordeaux. Although they used 5 defenders, there were too many spaces available for opponents, and the tragedy in the end was simply unavoidable (Bordeaux won 3-2).
Dijon are now sitting on two consecutive defeats, and they should be more determined until the winter break, trying to compensate for the lost points.
Dijon are conceding way too many goals, and coach Dall’Oglio switched to a more defensive formula a couple of rounds ago, hoping this will solve the problem. Unfortunately there is no improvement, and Dijon continue to be extremely vulnerable in defense.
Hosts will have to do without midfielders Abeid, Balmont, Martin and Less Melou. Defenders Chafik and Varrault will also miss the game. The defensive strength will be significantly reduced by all those absences.
Another excellent display by Monaco last week against Marseille (won 4-0). They were already 3-0 up at half time, and simply took the foot off the gas after the break.
Although they aren’t exactly very confident in defense, they somehow managed to keep 3 consecutive clean sheets in Ligue1. Those stats are very encouraging, even if Monaco are easily capable of outscoring most opponents.
Forward Germain was a bit shy until now, but scored a double last week and hopefully will play an important role from now on.
Guests will have to do without central defender Jemerson who is suspended. Winger Dirar will also sit out.
There is always value on goals in Monaco’s games, especially against a side hungry for points like Dijon. OVER 3 GOALS at 2.17
Dijon : B.Leroy, Reynet – Abdelhamid, Bernard, Bouka Moutou, Lang, Lotiès, Rüfli – R.Amalfitano, Bahamboula, Bela, Belmonte, Gastien, Marié, Sammaritano – Diony, Y.Rivière, Tavares
Monaco : Subasic, De Sanctis, Sy – Ab.Diallo, Fabinho, Glik, Raggi, D.Sidibé, Alm.Touré – T.Bakayoko, Boschilia, Lemar, Moutinho, N’Doram, B.Silva, Ad.Traoré – Carrillo, Germain, Falcao, Jean, Mbappé