Dijon vs Lorient
French Ligue 1
Date: Saturday, 22nd October 2016
Kick-Off at 19:00 BST
Venue: Stade Gaston Gerard, Dijon.
It only took Dijon one season to bounce back to the top flight but early results suggest they will be embroiled in a battle to avoid an immediate drop back to the second tier.
Sitting 17th after nine games, Olivier Dall’Oglio’s team have only taken nine points from as many games however eight of those came at Stade Gaston Gerard where they’ve performed admirably since promotion.
A 3-3 home thriller was played out with Montpellier at the start of the month but Dijon had previously recorded 4-2 and 3-0 successes against Lyon and Rennes respectively.
A 1-1 draw away to St Etienne signalled further progress for Dijon at the weekend and a repeat of recent performances could easily be enough to see off a struggling Lorient side who are second bottom following seven defeats in nine.
Sylvain Ripoll’s side were turned over 1-2 at home by Nantes last time out, a result which followed up a fourth consecutive away defeat against Nice at the start of October.
Les Merlus’ dismal start to the campaign and failure to acquire any points on the road makes them impossible to fancy here even though they bested Dijon 3-0 when the sides last met in early 2015.
Lois Diony, Frederic Sammaritano and Pierre Lees Melou have formed a potent forward line for Dijon who have scored 12 goals already despite their lowly position. Lorient, who have conceded 15 goals in nine games, look vulnerable and shouldn’t offer too much in attack having registered just six times this term.
We think Dijon can land the odds here at a shade of odds against and a 2-1 victory for Dall’Oglio’s side stands out at 8/1.
Dijon vs Lorient: Head to Head Stats (h2h)
The clubs last played each other almost a year ago where Lorient ran out 3-0 winners in a Cup fixture, although this was at Lorient’s home ground.
We have to go back five years since they met at Dijon’s ground and the home team won 2-0. In recent history the clubs have played each other 3 times at Dijon and Lorient is yet to win, 1 defeat and 2 draws. Lorient have also failed to scored in each of the three visits.
Dijon vs Lorient: Prediction
Dijon has been excellent at home and will start as the favourites to win the game. However even though Lorient has been poor they have been at least scoring goals lately and they are only narrowly losing games. Dijon has showed that they are more motivated to play attacking football against better teams and with an opposition like Lorient this actually poses more problems tactically for the home side. Let’s play this bet safely.
Dijon vs Lorient: Betting Tips
Dijon to win – Draw No Bet at 8/15 (1.53)
Half time Correct Score: 0-0 at 7/4 (2.75).