Our football match prediction:
Olympique Marseille chiefs have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 season and that is more than obvious. The club management signed Monaco attacker Valere Germain earlier this summer and the 27-year-old footballer did well to score a hat-trick against Oostende (4-2) on his OM debut in the Europa League. Dimitri Payet is still part of the team and seeing that Patrice Evra, Adil Rami and Luiz Gustavo joined the Stade de Velodrome outfit as well, it is no surprise Rudi Garcia’s men are seen as hot favourites to win Sunday’s football game against Dijon. The Mustards face an uphill task in the opening game of the season and we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. When the two teams met at Stade Velodrome last term they played out a 1-1 draw, but we are tempted to put our money on the star-studded hosts this time out.
Highlighted Player (Hiroki Sakai):
Hiroki Sakai is a product of Kashiwa Reysol football academy and, as expected, he made his first-team debut with the Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium outfit. Sakai played his first ever match for Kashiwa against Kofu (1-1) on May 5, 2010 and during the 2011 season he established himself as a first-team regular. The pacey right back made 27 appearances for Kashiva in the 2011 season and he remained at the club until the summer of 2012. Hiroki Sakai then played for Hannover (2012-2016) and he scored two goals in 92 appearances in the league for the Bundesliga club. In 2016 he joined Marseille and he played regularly for OM in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign (35 appearances). Sakai was born in Kashiva on April 12, 1990 and 22 years later he made his senior debut for Japan, playing 45 minutes in a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan. It has to be noted that the Marseille footballer has 17 caps for Japan U23 team as well.
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.