Preview - Toulouse vs Dijon 02 December 18

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Match Day 15
Toulouse vs. Dijon
Sunday, December 2nd 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadium Municipal

Last five matches form: L L D L L
Average goals per match: 0.79
Average goals against per match: 1.57
Top Scorer: Max Gradel (4)

Last five matches form:  L D L L D
Average goals per match: 0.86
Average goals against per match: 1.64
Top Scorer: Júlio Tavares (3)

We have a big battle towards the basement of Ligue 1 on Match Day 15 as 15th placed Toulouse play host to 18th placed Dijon at the Stadium Municipal. With just two points between the sides a win for Dijon in this one will tighten things up considerably at the bottom and may be enough to plunge Toulouse into the relegation spots.

Dijon did hold the edge in this fixture last season too, winning this game 1-0 and beating Toulouse 3-1 at home.

Yaya Sanogo, Ibrahim Sangaré and Jean-Clair Todibo all miss out for the home side. Kwon Chang-Hoon is the only confirmed absentee for Dijon at this stage although they do also have a number of players facing late fitness tests.

In all honesty it's difficult to predict either of these sides winning any game at present. Toulouse are without a victory in their past ten in all competitions. Dijon manage to top that though and are now winless in eleven.

Toulouse actually started well at home, winning their first two. They are winless in five now though and have failed to score in their past two.

Very similar comments apply to Dijon, who having won their first two on the road have now lost three of their past five, failing to score in four of those games.

This is a mightily tough one to call. About the only edge we can find is the fact that Toulouse are at home. If there is to be a winner, it seems most likely to be Les Violets by a narrow score line.

Prediction: Toulouse 1 - 1 Dijon


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  9 - 14
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 1 - 5
Possession: 40% - 60%

Wesly Lautoa, Mehdi Abeid and Frederic Sammaritano were all booked for the away side in this one. Aaron Leya Iseka of Toulouse also had his name taken by referee Jerome Miguelgorry. The major incident from a disciplinary standpoint though came when the home sides Baptiste Reynet was shown a straight red in just the fifth minute.

Dijon had everything in their favour here. Two goals up and playing against ten men, yet they still didn't manage to hold on for the win in what was a spirited comeback from the hosts.

A disastrous start from Toulouse with Kelvin Amian's badly misjudged back pass putting keeper Baptiste Reynet in all kinds of trouble as he raced out of his area to try and deal with it, ultimately bringing down Julio Tavares and being given his marching orders.

It got worse for the hosts in the 23rd minute. A bundled effort following a cross from the right-hand side initially being disallowed for offside, only to then be given upon review. Nayef Aguerd getting the final touch. 0-1 at the break.

The visitors doubled their advantage in the 68th minute. A ball over the top finding Naim Sliti in acres down the left. Sliti centring for Mehdi Abeid to apply the finish from six yards.

Four minutes later though Toulouse had a lifeline. Lovely goal too. Matthieu Dossevi dinking in a cross from the right-hand side and Max Gradel performing the acrobatics to finish with an overhead kick.

Five minutes later the hosts were improbably back on level terms. Gradel turning provider when breaking down the left before teeing up Aaron Leya Iseka on the edge of the area. Smart side foot finish from Iseka into the right-hand side. 2-2 final score.

Just a point for Dijon in the end then, but still enough to lift them up to seventeenth position and out of the relegation positions on goal difference. Toulouse stay 15th.

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