Dijon v Montpellier – Stade Gaston Gérard at 16:00 GMT
Dijon just haven’t been cutting the mustard this season and currently sit in the relegation zone in Ligue 1. After finishing 11th last season, the Dijon fans were hoping for something similar this campaign under Olivier Dall’Oglio. However, the Frenchman was sacked on New Year’s Eve, with the club now on the hunt for a new boss.
It wasn’t a great start to 2019 for Montpellier, as they were eliminated from the Coupe de France by third division side L’Entente SSG. They do, however, sit fourth in the Ligue 1 table, pushing for a Champions League spot this season.
Montpellier impressive on the road
Montpellier have gotten an outstanding away record in Ligue 1, losing just three games away from home in 24 (W10-D11-L3), which includes wins against Monaco, St Etienne and Bordeaux. Their three at the back formation seems to aid their form on the road, allowing Michel Der Zakarian side to play a counter-attacking style of football.
They’re also currently second in the form table over the last 10 games, just behind – surprise, surprise – PSG. They’ve won five, drawn three and lost two of those games, a run of form which has lifted them up to fourth, just two points away from Lyon in third.
La Paillade have got themselves a front two that are currently bang in-form. Andy Delort and Gaetan Laborde have both bagged seven goals this season and you’d fancy at least one of them to get on the scoresheet against a dodgy Dijon defence.
Dijon in trouble near the bottom of Ligue 1
Les Rouges have won just one of their last 15 games in Ligue 1 (W1-D4-L10), leaving them rock-bottom of the form table over the last 10 games. The hosts have also lost six of their last nine home games in all competitions, including defeats to fellow strugglers Angers and Caen.
To add insult to injury, Dijon’s injury list is continuing to grow. Veteran Yoann Gourcuff’s injury troubles are continuing to haunt him, along with young stars Valentin Rosier and Nayef Aguerd. Julio Tavares is their key man and the Cape Verdean has 24 goals over the last three seasons in Ligue 1.
I fancy Montpellier to get something from this game and, ultimately, I’d be surprised if they didn’t beat a Dijon side without a manager and lacking in confidence. You can back them on the -0.25 Asian Handicap, meaning we’ll have a win if Montpellier pick up all three points and lose half if the home side can muster a draw.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Montpellier -0.25 at 1.890
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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