Dijon have alternating results lately. They are very combative and determined, but it’s almost impossible to keep the same rhythm for 90 minutes, that is why they sometimes end up losing valuable points after convincing performances.
Inventivity is at low levels at Dijon. They create only a few scoring chances per game, so they should make the most of every opportunity. Unfortunately, forwards can’t get the job done on their own, they need midfielders’ support, and that is when Dijon become vulnerable.
Troyes destroyed Strasbourg 3-0 last round, but I am not sure if they would have won all points in normal conditions. They played in numerical superiority for about an hour, but still had difficulties controlling the game.
Anyway, the victory last round was a breath of fresh air, after 3 consecutive defeats (Cup included). In the absence of attacking midfielders Darbion and Nivet, young Khaoui took the stage lately. He scored again last round, reaching a total of 3 goals this season. He is a very fast player, with good ball control and finishing skills, and definitely has a bright future ahead.
Dijon will be without defenders Haddadi and Yambere, and forward Jeannot. Guests will miss defender Vizcarrondo, but welcome back important attacking midfielder Nivet and Darbion.
Most probably Dijon will adventure upfront after the first whistle trying to take control of the game. Lately Troyes did pretty good in similar situations and won important points (away at Metz and Lille). The value is definitely on the away side. Troyes +0.5 at 2.08
Dijon: Allain, Reynet – Bouka Moutou, Chafik, Djilobodji, Lang, Rosier, Varrault – Abeid, Amalfitano, Balmont, Kwon, Marié, Sammaritano, Xeka – Bahamboula, Saïd, Tavares.
Troyes: Samassa, Zelazny – Cordoval, Deplagne, Gabriel, Giraudon Hérelle, Obiang – Azamoum, Bellugou, Ben Saada, Confais, Darbion, Dingomé – Khaoui, Nivet, B.Pelé, Grandsir, Suk, Tinhan