Dijon conceded very early last round away at Strasbourg and struggled to get back in the game. Overall they made a decent game, but it wasn’t enough to win any points (lost 3-2).
Fullback Chafik had a disappointing performance and was often outplayed by opponents. He easily lost possession and was a constant liability on the right side.
Attacking-wise Dijon seem to have improved in comparison to previous rounds. Midfielder Xeka was very active and delivered many key passes.
Rennes were lucky to win all points last round against Angers. Opponents played in 10 for an entire half, but still managed to create plenty of chances, and Rennes found the winner only in the final 10 minutes from penalty (finished 1-0).
Rennes won 2 games so far in 2018, but they have been far from impressive in those encounters. Especially in defense they seemed very vulnerable, and were lucky to concede only once in those games.
Hosts will be without defender Djilobodji and midfielder Amalfitano, while guests welcome back midfielder Khazri but will miss playmaker Gourcuff.
Dijon are yet to win a game in 2018 and most probably will increase efforts this rounds. Rennes are nothing special so far, but thanks to players like Khazri and Gourcuff they can easily find the net when you least expect it. Over 2.5 goals at 1.97
Dijon: Leroy, Reynet – Chafik, Haddadi, Lautoa, Varrault, Rosier, Yambéré – Abeid, Balmont, Kwon, Marié, Sammaritano, Sliti, Xeka – Jeannot, Saïd, Tavares.
Rennes: Diallo, Koubek – Zeffane, Mexer, Gnagnon, Bensebaini, Gélin, Traoré, Danzé, Baal – Prcic, Bourigeaud, Maouassa, André, Hunou, Khazri – Thomas, Sarr, Mubele