Our prediction for this Coupe de la Ligue match:
A place in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals will be at stake when Dijon and Bordeaux face each other at Stade Gaston-Gerard on Wednesday evening. Dijon’s main goal is to secure yet another Ligue 1 survival, but they aim to record a good result in the French League Cup as well. The Mustards did well to beat Caen 3-1 in the opening match of their Coupe de la Ligue campaign, which is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Bordeaux. Les Girondins, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs this season and, as a result, they sit in the middle of the Ligue 1 table. Eric Bedouet’s men are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Wednesday’s football match and seeing that Dijon are tough to beat at home, we predict that the winner will be decided after extra-time.
Highlighted Player (Oussama Haddadi):
Oussama Haddadi is a 188-cm-tall defender who plays for both Dijon in the Ligue 1. Haddadi began his career at Club Africain, but after making 102 appearances in the league for the Tunisian side he moved to France in 2017. Oussama Haddadi, who main position is left-back, scored only one goal for Dijon in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign, but it has to be noted that he made 33 appearances for the club.
The left-footed footballer was born in Tunis on January 28, 1992 and he made his debut for the Tunisia national team 23 years later against Japan. As previously mentioned, his main position is left-back, but he is used as a centre-back as well.
His contract with Dijon should expire on June 30, 2019. Haddadi has yet to find the net for Tunisia, but he could break the deadlock at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals as he was named in Tunisia 23-man squad for the showpiece tournament in Russia.
Highlighted Team (Bordeaux):
Founded in 1881, Bordeaux are regarded as one of the oldest clubs in France. Les Girondins won their first Ligue 1 trophy in 1950 and 59 years later (2008/2009) they lifted their sixth domestic trophy.
Speaking of the club’s European success, Bordeaux did remarkably well to make it to the Champions League semi-finals in 1985, but despite recording a 2-0 win over star-studded Juventus in the return leg, the French club eventually failed to book their place in the final of the elite competition.
Famous French footballers Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana were part of the team back then and it has to be noted that Giresse is the player who made the most appearances for les Girondins (587). During the nineties Zinedine Zidane, Christophe Dugarry and Bixente Lizarazu played for Bordeaux and, taking everything into account, it is no surprise they are considered one of the most famous French clubs.
Nowadays Les Girondins welcome their rivals at Matmut Atlantique, the stadium which was opened in 2015 and they used to play at Stade Chaban-Delmas in the past.