Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Nimes are 13 points above Dijon in the table, in 11th place in the league table. Dijon will probably be fighting for survival until the very end. Earlier in the season, Nimes brushed away Dijon with a 4:0 victory. They will contest this match in Nimes, at the Stade des Costieres. While Dijon will like to pay Nimes back for the beating at home, they have been struggling. One victory and a draw in the last six matches have kept them out of the relegation zone but not much more. They are a game behind Amiens in 16th but the bottom two teams also have a game in hand. To bring their confidence down even more, they were beaten by the National 2 side Croix Football IC and taken out of the French Cup only a few days ago. Still, Nimes are not playing that well at home right now, so they do have a chance of a draw at least.
Highlighted Player (Téji Savanier):
Born in Montpellier on December 22, 1991, Teji Savanier is a French footballer who plays for Nimes in the Ligue 1 as a midfielder. Savanier began his senior career at Arles-Avignon and it has to be noted that he played for the club from 2011 to 2015. Ahead of the start of the 2015/2016 Ligue 2 campaign, Teji Savanier joined Nimes and he has been playing for the club ever since. The 171-cm tall midfielder has established himself as a first-team regular at Nimes and he successfully plays for the club in the French top flight. Savanier’s main position is central midfield, but he is used as an attacking midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right. Despite producing fine performances for Nimes in all competitions, Teji Savanier has yet to receive a call-up for the French national football team. His contract with Nimes should expire on June 27, 2018.
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.