Preview - Caen vs Dijon 28 April 19

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Match Day 34
Caen vs. Dijon
Sunday, April 28th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Michel d'Ornano

Last five matches form: L W L L W
Average goals per match: 0.76
Average goals against per match: 1.42
Top Scorer: Enzo Crivelli (6)

Last five matches form: L L W D W
Average goals per match: 0.82
Average goals against per match: 1.52
Top Scorer: Wesley Saïd (4)

It's not far off the last chance saloon for Caen and Dijon in Ligue 1 this season, with the sides sitting second and third bottom in the standings. A win for either side in this one will do no more than give the victors a shot at staying up, but at least they will have a chance. At the very least this game will prove pivotal in determining who goes down automatically and who gets a shot at redemption in the relegation playoff.

Caen came out on top in the reverse of this fixture with a 2-0 win in Dijon, and also picked up the points courtesy of a 2-1 success in the game here last season. The most recent clash between the sides came in the cup back in October, with Dijon prevailing 3-1 on that occasion.

Adama Mbengue looks like being the only injury absentee for the home side. Mehdi Abeid and Valentin Rosier miss out for Dijon.

Both sides have found a little bit of form of late, with two wins in their past four and three games respectively.

Caen's home form has been dire, with only two wins from 16 all season and six defeats in their last seven here, failing to score in five of their last six.

Dijon actually won their first two away games of the season - and then none of their subsequent 13. They put in an impressive display to come away from Lyon with a 3-1 win in their most recent away game. An incredible result considering they had failed to score in all seven of their previous games on the road.

This has the look of a 0-0 or 1-0 game. Dijon are playing marginally the better for us and are just taken to nick it.

Prediction: Caen 0 - 1 Dijon


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  14 - 13
Shots on target: 2 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 3
Possession: 52% - 48%

Malik Tchokounte was the sole Caen player to have his name taken by referee Antony Gautier. Florent Balmont, Frederic Sammaritano, Wesley Lautoa and Naim Sliti were all booked for Dijon.

This had the look of a tight encounter with so much potentially on the line, and in the end so it proved. Both sides to their credit did go for it, and in truth neither really deserved to lose the game. The taking of one chance was enough for the home side though, as they picked up the win which may reinvigorate their survival chances.

Very little in it in the first half with Caen just edging the shot count by 6-5. They only two efforts on target belonged to Dijon , although neither were particularly threatening. 0-0 at the break.

Enzo Crivelli went close for the hosts at the start of the second half with a clever flick at the near post, but keeper Runar Runarsson was up to the task.

The only goal of the game arrived in the 67th minute, and it was something of a strange one. Whether Faycal Fajr was shooting or crossing from deep on the left-hand side, only he knows, but whatever the case, his curled ball had Runarsson all at sea and carried all the way in to the top right corner.

Desperation set in for Dijon in the closing stages as they went on the front foot. The closest they came though was when Caen fullback Frederic Guilbert clipped the ball against his own crossbar. 1-0 final score.

Simply huge win for Caen this and a desperate result for Dijon. Caen move up into the relegation playoff position, one point ahead of Dijon who drop into the automatic drop zone. Only three points adrift of a slumping Monaco, with four games still to play, Caen will have their eyes on an unlikely escape to safety.

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