Preview - Dijon vs Toulouse 25 May 19

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May 24, 2019, 06:49 PM Last Edit: May 25, 2019, 12:29 AM by Harry85
Match Day 38
Dijon vs. Toulouse
Saturday, May 25th 2019
04:05am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Gaston-Gérard

Last five matches form: W L L W L
Average goals per match: 0.78
Average goals against per match: 1.59
Top Scorer: Wesley Saïd & Júlio Tavares (4)

Last five matches form: D L D D L
Average goals per match: 0.92
Average goals against per match: 1.49
Top Scorer: Max Gradel (11)

With the destination of the title and the identity of the teams to have qualified for Europe already set in stone, the only remaining issue to be determined in Ligue 1 this season is who stays and who goes in terms of relegation from France's top tier.

Dijon can't actually save themselves on the final day of the season, but they can at least give themselves a chance. Currently second bottom and two points adrift of third bottom Caen, they need to win this one at home to Toulouse, and hope for a Caen defeat in order to move from the automatic relegation spots into a relegation playoff.

There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse of this fixture which ended in a 2-2 draw. Dijon came out on top 3-1 in the game here last season.

Valentin Rosier is out injured for the home side, whilst Enzo Loiodice is away on international duty. Toulouse will be without the suspended duo of Yannick Cahuzac and Yaya Sanogo in addition to the injured Baptiste Reynet.

It may in the end be a case of too little too late, but Dijon do belatedly seem to have discovered a little bit of form at home, beating Rennes and Strasbourg in their last two here.

Toulouse - who really have very little to play for - are without a win in their last seven away from home, failing to score in each of their last two and conceding three or more in five of those games.

This may well come down to desire. It may not be enough to keep them up in the end, but we do see Dijon picking up the three points.

Prediction: Dijon 2 - 0 Toulouse


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  12 - 13
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 42% - 58%

Two bookings for each side in this one, with referee Mikael Lesage taking the names of Nayef Aguerd and Benjamin Jeannot of Dijon and Kalidou Sidibe and Christopher Jullien of Toulouse.

They had to win in order to have any chance of escaping the automatic relegation positions, and whilst they did make hard work of it - falling behind in the first half - they just about deserved it in the end, showing plenty of heart in the second half to turn it around.

Toulouse were much the brighter side early, as Dijon seemed to take a while to wake up to the task at hand. The pressure exerted by the visitors then paid off in the 33rd minute. A ball in from the right being cleared but only to Bafode Diakite on the edge of the area. The fullback's effort then taking a wicked deflection on its way into the right hand side to leave the keeper with no chance. 0-1 at the break.

13 minutes into the second half the home side were back on level terms. Good burst into the right of the area from Wesley Saïd who then fired on goal. His effort was blocked by keeper Mauro Goicoechea, but only into the path of Naim Sliti in the right of the area. Good composure from Sliti to cut inside his marker and slot home.

Just four minutes later Dijon took the lead. Lovely play from Saïd again, this time on the left edge of the area to dink a ball over the top and find Julio Tavares on the right corner of the six-yard box. Tavares firing in via the keeper. And that's the way it finished. 2-1 final score.

All eyes then turned to the result of the Caen game. Thankfully for Dijon fans, Caen slumped to defeat at home to Bordeaux, allowing Dijon to move up from the automatic relegation places into a relegation play off. They may yet survive.

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