Preview - Marseille vs Dijon 12 November 18

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Match Day 13
Marseille vs Dijon
Monday, November 12th, 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Vélodrome

Last five matches form: L W W L L
Average goals per match: 1.83
Average goals against per match: 1.75
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (7)

Last five matches form: L L L D L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.75
Top Scorer: Júlio Tavares (3)

Marseille seem to have come off the rails of late and head into Match Day 13 in Ligue 1 bidding to avoid a fifth defeat on the spin in all competitions. Despite that recent poor run of form, they will be strongly favoured to do so too, as it is lowly Dijon who provide the opposition at the Vélodrome.

Marseille didn't have much trouble with Dijon last season, winning this game 3-0 and coming out on top 3-1 in the reverse fixture.

No excuses for Marseille on the injury front as they have a fully fit squad from which to select here. Dijon must do without Kwon Chang-Hoon and Frederic Sammaritano.

They may have been up and down of late, but Marseille are a formidable side in front of their own fans overall, tasting defeat just twice in Ligue 1 in their past 22 fixtures. Having scored two or more goals in nine of their past ten games in the league here, this will likely take a big defensive effort from Dijon if they are to get anything out of the game.

Dijon got off to a flyer in winning their first three Ligue 1 games. They haven't won in nine since - losing seven times. They did pick up a point in their latest away game at Monaco but are facing a step up in class here.

Marseille couldn't ask for a much better game in order to get back to winning ways and we expect them to do just that.

Prediction: Marseille 3 - 0 Dijon


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  12 - 9
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 10 - 4
Possession: 54% - 46%

Two bookings in this one, both for the away side. Wesley Lautoa and Laurent Ciman the men to have their names taken by referee Willy Delajod.

A comfortable enough win for Marseille in the end. They were far from impressive though, registering just the three shots on target over the course of ninety minutes. Purely on the stats Dijon can perhaps count themselves slightly unfortunate to have come away with nothing.

Kostas Mitroglou was having something of a nightmare in the first half, twice spooning over the bar when well placed in and around the six yard box.

Dijon nearly made it into the break on level terms. Nearly but not quite, as Marseille took the lead on the stroke of half time. A corner swung in from the right-hand side being met at the near post by Adil Rami who planted a header towards the far post. Lucas Ocampos stealing the goal with the merest of touches as the ball crossed the line. 1-0 at the break.

Rami would get his name on the scoresheet in the end though as Marseille put this game to bed in the 84th minute. Kevin Strootman sending an overhead kick towards goal following a Dmitri Payet free kick from the right and Rami flicking a head at it to divert the ball into the bottom right corner. 2-0 final score.

Marseille stay down in sixth position and are still going to need to find some consistency if they are to challenge for a top four spot. Dijon slip back down into the bottom three with both Amiens and Caen picking up points on Match Day 13.

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