Our prediction for this Ligue 2 match:
Thanks to a 1-1 draw with Lens at Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Dijon moved one step closer to securing the Ligue 1 survival. Korea international Kwon Chang-Hoon came as a substitute and scored the equalizer, which helped coach Antoine Kombouare breathe easier ahead of the return leg at Stade Gaston-Gerard. The Mustards are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they defeated Toulouse in their last home game of the season, home win should be considered.
Lens failed to take advantage of the home field in the first leg and that is the main reason why they are unlikely to secure promotion to the French top flight. In their last meeting at Stade Gaston-Gerard Dijon recorded a 2-0 win over Lens and we are positive that the history is going to repeat itself. Back then (2015) the two teams faced each other in the French second tier.
Highlighted Player (Mehdi Abeid):
Mehdi Abeid is an Algerian professional footballer who played for France youth teams. He represented les Tricolores at the 2009 UEFA European U17 Championship, making appearance in each of the three group games. Abeid played for France U16, U18 and U23 teams as well in the past, but he then decided to represent Algeria on the international stage at senior level.
The 180-cm-tall midfielder, who was born in Montreuil, France on 6 August, 1992 made his Algeria debut in June, 2015, coming as a substitute in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Seychelles. Speaking of his club career, the Algerian international played for the likes of Newcastle United, St. Johnstone and Panathinaikos in the past before joining French team Dijon in 2016.
The Dijon midfielder scored three goals in 24 league appearances for Panathinaikos in the 2015/2016 season. Mehdi Abeid is capable of playing as both defensive midfielder and a central midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Dijon):
Founded in 1998, Dijon is a result of a merger between two local clubs. The Mustards played their first ever match in the Ligue 1 on August 7, 2011, with the team suffering a heavy 5-1 loss on their debut in the French top flight. After suffering relegation to Ligue 2 at the end of the 2011/2012 season, the club returned to the French elite division in 2016.
The Mustards finished the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign in 16th place in the standings, only one point clear of the relegation zone. Dijon are well known for their red jerseys, while they wear white when playing on the road. The Mustards welcome their rivals at Stade Gaston Gerard, the venue which was both built and opened in 1934. In the 1998/1999 season the club recorded a historical 12-1 Coupe de France win over Mahault Baie and that is considered the club’s biggest ever win in a competitive match.
Stephane Mangione, who made 181 appearances for the club, is regarded as one of the team’s famous players.