Our football match prediction:
Following back-to-back losses to the likes of Montpellier and Saint-Etienne, Caen did well to beat the likes of Lille and Metz in previous two league fixtures. SMC are eyeing their third straight victory in the French top flight and they are definitely capable of beating Dijon in front of home fans. Ronny Rodelin scored the winner against Metz, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. The Mustards, on the other hand, recorded their first win of the season on Matchday 4, with the team beating Montpellier 2-1 at their Stade Gaston-Gerard. However, seeing that the team’s away record is anything but good, we predict that Caen are going to give their fans yet another reason for celebration after Saturday’s football match. You should bear in mind, though, that the two teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stade Michel d’ Ornano last season.
Highlighted Player (Damien Da Silva):
Damien Da Silva is a French footballer of Portuguese descent. Da Silva has a dual citizenship, but he represented France at youth level, making two appearances for the U19 team. Speaking of his club career, the 183-cm-tall defender played for Niort (2006-2009) before joining Chateauroux in 2009. After making only eight appearances for the club Damien Da Silva joined Rouen in 2011 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Stade Robert Diochon outfit. He played 85 games for Rouen and in 2013 he signed a contract with Ligue 2 side Clermont. Da Silva, though, was hungry for a top-flight football and, as a result, he left the club at the end of the 2013/2014 season, signing a contract with Caen. He has been playing for SMC ever since and it has to be noted that he made 36 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign. The Caen centre-back was born in Talence on May 17, 1988 and his preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Dijon):
Founded in 1998, Dijon are 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.