Preview - Monaco vs Dijon 28 October 18

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Oct 27, 2018, 06:07 AM Last Edit: Oct 27, 2018, 06:46 AM by Harry85
Match Day 11
Monaco vs. Dijon
Sunday, October 28th 2018
03:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Louis II

Last five matches form: D L L L L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (2)

Last five matches form: D L L L L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: JĂșlio Tavares (3)

We have a bottom of the table clash in store this week in Ligue 1 as Thierry Henry's beleaguered Monaco outfit bid to begin the task of extricating themselves from the bottom three at the expense of fifrth bottom Dijon.

This fixture was oh so easy for Monaco last season as they won this game 4-0 in addition to winning the away fixture 4-1. A repeat of either of those results would do nicely for the team from the principality.

Monaco's cause certainly won't be helped by the injury and suspensions situation which is now becoming desperate. Radamel Falcao, Danijel Subasic, Kevin N'Doram, Pietro Pellegri, Rony Lopes and Ronael Pierre Gabriel are all out injured, with Andrea Raggi and Samuel Grandsir both suspended.

Dijon will be without Kwon Chang-Hon and Frederic Sammaritano.

Both of these sides are bidding to avoid a fifth successive league defeat here.

Despite their problems, Monaco did post an encouraging display when claiming a point away at Club Brugge in the Champions League in midweek and may draw encouragement from that performance here.

Marking Thierry Henry's first home game in charge of Monaco this is undoubtedly a big occasion for the fans, players and Thierry himself. The new boss could certainly have done with a full squad to choose from - or at least not a ravaged one - but we suspect the home side will still find a way to come out on top against a poor Dijon side.

Prediction: Monaco 2 - 1 Dijon


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  8 - 12
Shots on target: 5 - 7
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 47% - 53%

 Youri Tielemans and Aleksandr Golovin were booked for the home side, with referee Jeremy Miguelgorry also taking the names of Enzo Loiodice, Jordan Marie and Julio Tavares of the away side.

Still no win for Thierry Henry as Monaco boss, but a second draw in as many games may be taken as a small sign of improvement following their woeful early season form. In the end though Henry and the Monaco fans were probably happy to escape this one with a point, for it was Dijon who were just about the better side here, a statement borne out by the possession, shots and shots on target statistics.

It started pretty well for Monaco who took the lead in the 29th minute. Antonio Barreca lofting a cross beyond the back post which Benjamin Henrichs met with a fine first-time volley into the right hand side of the goal.

Dijon were back on level terms just five minutes later. Florent Balmont playing in Mickael Alphonse in the right channel who then slipped the ball underneath the outrushing keeper Diego Benaglio and into the back of the net. 1-1 at the break.

The away side then took the lead in the 57th minute. Teed up outside the area, Mehdi Abeid fired on goal and saw his effort make its way into the bottom right corner via a wicked deflection.

The equaliser came twelve minutes from time. Adama Traore sending in a free kick from the right which was met by Kamil Glik to head into the bottom right. 2-2 final score.

Dijon move up to 15th with this point on the road. A missed opportunity for Monaco who stay second bottom and four point adrift of safety.

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