Our prediction for this Ligue 2 match:
Thanks to a 2-1 win over Toulouse Dijon finished the season in 18th place in the Ligue 1 standings and, as a result, they will face Lens in the play-out. The Mustards proved their worth in the come-from-behind triumph over les Pitchouns and seeing that they are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Pas-de-Calais, it is no surprise Antoine Kombouare’s men are seen as favourites to win the first leg.
A man to watch in the away team will be Julio Tavares, who scored the winner against Toulouse. Lens, on the other hand, did well to beat Troyes in the Ligue 2 play-offs final, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the two-legged tie against Dijon. Anyhow, the Mustards are more of a team than the Ligue 2 side and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match.
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 (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.