S
SEARCH
M
SW
Jan 24, 2021 at 2pm UK
DijonDijon
1-1
StrasbourgStrasbourg
Coulibaly (63')
Muzinga (54')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Ajorque (51')
/esi/1339/6_G_1_115734/index.html?art_id=431712&game_id=115734&sport_id=1&ESI

Preview: Dijon vs. Strasbourg - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Dijon vs. Strasbourg - prediction, team news, lineups: ID:431712: from db_amp
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Ligue 1 clash between Dijon and Strasbourg, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Dijon's 200th Ligue 1 match sees them face Strasbourg on Sunday, with the home side hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the top-flight to four matches.

Meanwhile, the visitors are one of the league's most improved sides in recent weeks and will be looking for their fifth away victory of the campaign.


Match preview

Dijon's bottom-of-the-table clash away at Lorient was postponed last weekend as the hosts had more than 10 first-team players absent due to a coronavirus outbreak at the club.

After victory against Nimes and two goalless draws against Reims and Marseille, manager David Linares will be hoping that a week's delay will not prevent his side from taking their momentum into the match with Strasbourg as they aim to climb out of the relegation zone.

Linares, who spent five years with the club as a player between 2005 and 2010, has a huge task ahead of him in guiding Dijon to safety. However, since taking charge in early November, he has seen his side pick up 11 points from a possible 30 available, losing only two of their last seven league matches.

This run has moved Les Hiboux off the foot of the table and within four points of Nantes, who sit just outside the drop zone, giving Linares belief that they can survive this campaign.

However, they need to improve their home form if they are to escape from danger. Dijon are winless in their last 10 league matches at the Stade Gaston Gerard and have not scored in their last six Ligue 1 home games. Failing to find the net again on Sunday would equal the longest run without a home goal in French top-flight history, previously set by Bastia, Grenoble, St Etienne and this weekend's opponents Strasbourg.

No victories on home soil is a real concern for Dijon but breaking that duck this weekend would be a massive boost for Linares's side and could move them within one point of safety.

Strasbourg seem to be finding their groove as they secured their seventh league victory of the campaign with a 1-0 win over St Etienne last weekend courtesy of a first-half strike from Ludovic Ajorque.

Since the turn of the year, Thierry Laurey's side have taken a maximum nine points from three matches, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Les Coureurs have also managed five wins in their last seven outings against sides below the top four, which is a further sign of their progress.

One of the standout positives from this season has been the strike partnership of Ajorque and Habib Diallo, who have scored a combined 16 goals, with the former netting nine of those strikes.

Strasbourg are unbeaten in their last three visits to Dijon, but Laurey will be wary of the home side's upturn in form and will not take their opponents lightly this weekend.

Victory on Sunday would move Strasbourg up one place to 12th in the table, 11 points clear of the relegation zone, if Brest were to lose away to Reims.

Dijon Ligue 1 form: DLLWDD

Strasbourg Ligue 1 form: WLLWWW


Team News

Dijon forward Roger Assale is expected to remain out for another couple of weeks as he is still recovering from a calf injury, while left-back Anibal Chala is a doubt with a groin problem.

Linares is unlikely to make many changes from the side that drew with Marseille a fortnight ago.

Impressive performances from centre-back Senou Coulibaly are likely to see him keep his place in the starting lineup ahead of Englishman Jonathan Panzo.

Strasbourg will be without Matz Sels (Achillies tendon rupture), Idriss Saadi (groin), Bingourou Kamara (knee), Lamine Kone (foot) and Mohamed Simakan (knee) due to injury.

Laurey is set to continue with the flexible 4-1-3-2 formation, which has worked wonders in recent weeks.

Dijon possible starting lineup:
Racioppi; Boey, Manga, Coulibaly, Muzinga; Ebimbe, Ndong, Cheikh, Celina; Balde; Konate

Strasbourg possible starting lineup:
Kawashima; Lala, Mitrovic, Djiku, Caci; Aholou; Sissoko, Thomasson, Bellegarde; Diallo, Ajorque


We say: Dijon 0-1 Strasbourg

Despite Dijon improving their defensive solidity in recent weeks, they have yet to face the potent attacking duo of Ajorque and Diallo; the pair's presence could give Strasbourg the edge in securing their fourth successive league victory on Sunday.


Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting a double chance bet on a draw or an away win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Draw/Away:data


amp_article__431712 : Database Data restored...  : 
last updated article - 2021-01-22 17:45:20:
html db last update - 2021-02-28 20:49:50 :

ex - 7200 : read : read cache amp html
Read more!
Share this article now:
Ligue 1 Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Lille27178247173059
2Paris Saint-GermainPSG27183661174457
3Lyon27168355253056
4MonacoMonaco27174656371955
5Metz2711883326741
6Lens2711883937241
7Marseille2610973430439
8Montpellier HSCMontpellier27116104346-339
9Rennes2610883330338
10Angers27106113242-1036
11Bordeaux2796122833-533
12Nice2795133339-632
13Reims27710103234-231
14Brest2794143949-1031
15StrasbourgStrasbourg2786133541-630
16Saint-EtienneSt Etienne2779112739-1230
17Lorient2775153351-1826
18Nimes2774162652-2625
19NantesNantes27412112742-1524
20Dijon2729161844-2615
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City26195252163662
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd26148453322150
3Leicester CityLeicester26154745301549
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham2613674031945
5Chelsea26128641251644
6Liverpool26127747341343
7Everton2412483733440
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs25116841271439
9Aston Villa24123938261239
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2697102733-634
13Crystal Palace2696112943-1433
14Southampton2586113143-1230
15Burnley2677121834-1628
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
18Fulham26411112132-1123
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2638152055-3517
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2632211543-2811
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.