Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade du Moustoir will host Wednesday’s postponed fixture between Lorient and Dijon, the two relegation-threatened teams. Lorient are stuck at the bottom of the table ahead of the midweek game, and, no doubt, they are desperate to grab something from the relegation six-pointer. However, home win should not be considered as les Merlus head into the match with a severely-weakened squad.
The likes of Callens, Delaplace, Le Goff, Monconduit, and Nardi have all been tested positive for coronavirus, while Fontaine, Saunier, and Mendes remain in the recovery room. Dijon, on the other hand, came from behind to share the spoils with Strasbourg in their last league match. The Owls are eager to escape the relegation zone, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Wednesday’s clash as well. Both Benzia and Chala remain sidelined with injuries. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Thomas Monconduit):
Thomas Monconduit is a product of Auxerre football academy. The midfielder made a great progress during his spell with the Stade de l’Abbe-Deschamps outfit and continued playing for the club at senior level. Monconduit scored three goals in 63 appearances for Auxerre II and he played 42 games for the first team from 2012 to 2014.
In 2015 he joined Amiens and you should bear in mind that the 178-cm-tall midfielder made 36 appearances for les Licornes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign. Amiens finished the season in second place in the standings and, as a result, they secured promotion to the French top flight. Thomas Monconduit scored three goals during the season and, no doubt, he played a very important role in Christophe Pelissier’s team in the 2016/2017 season.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. Thomas Monconduit has a contract with Amiens which expires on June 30, 2018 and his preferred foot is right. Louis DENOLLE is the player’s agent.
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.