Dijon v Rennes – Stade Gaston Gérard at 19:45 Live at BT Sport
Dijon is in danger of being dragged right into the Ligue 1 relegation quagmire with a late penalty seeing the Mustards fall to a sixth successive away defeat on Saturday night. Having been slaughtered 8-0 by table-topping PSG just days over, Olivier Dall’Oglio’s troops are likely to be at low ebb.
However, Dijon returns to their Stade Gaston Gerard base on Friday night eager to get back on the right track. The hosts have been in fine form on home soil, enjoying five victories in six unbeaten encounters, whilst two of their three defeats in 11 here this term have come against PSG and Monaco.
Entertainment normally ensures, too. Dall’Oglio’s charges’ only objective this season is avoiding relegation but they’re determined to play their way out of trouble with attacking football rather than adopting a defensive mindset.
Goals on the agenda
The result of such bravery is that aforementioned strong home but also a number of high-scoring games. Dijon’s home matches have averaged 3.00 goals-per-game, while their 22 games, in general, have averaged 3.45 goals a game.
A massive 17 of the Mustards’ 22 matches have featured Over 2.5 Goals and that has to be the angle of attack on Friday night with odds of 2.04 available on another high-scoring contest at the Gaston Gerard when Rennes pitch up.
Since Sabri Lamouchi was appointed manager in November, Rennes have taken a positive approach in most games while their defence has left plenty to be desired. The result has been a high goals count: his 13 games in charge in all competitions have featured 45 goals (average 3.46 per-game).
Ten of those 13 outings produced three goals or more, with both teams scoring in 10 of 13 as well. Les Rouges et Noirs have only twice kept their sheets clean since early November in Ligue 1 and look unlikely to be able to silence Dijon.
Rennes poor road record
The visitors have lost three of their last four games as guests when excluding the bottom-four from France’s top-flight and having trailed at the interval in their last five fixtures on their travels, Rennes must improve their away record if they’re to make any inroads on the top five.
Indeed, Lamouchi’s men are displaying a penchant for second-half goals with their last 13 Ligue 1 goals arriving after the interval – eight of their most recent 11 strikes netting in the final 10 minutes – so don’t be too surprised if this meeting livens up after half-time.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.5 Goals at 1.970
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