This was never going to be an easy season for the newly promoted Dijon, but things didn’t look so bad when they avoided defeat in six of their opening ten games. However, the wheels are well and truly off now.
Their 2-1 loss to Nice on Sunday made it nine matches without a win in all competitions, and although they have only lost four of those games in normal time they still find themselves out of the Coupe de la Ligue and in 18th position in Ligue 1.
The problem isn’t that Dijon are an easy to beat team , it’s that they seem to lack any sort of winning spirit. They have only managed three league wins in their 18 matches this season, with their seven draws during this period making them the joint draw specialists in the table alongside St Etienne and Montpellier.
Toulouse spent the entirety of last season in a relegation battle after a dreadful first half to the campaign, but despite losing their best player Wissam Ben Yedder in the summer they came into the new campaign fighting. They won five of their opening nine matches and only lost twice, but since then they have seen the wheels fall off too.
Their 1-1 draw with Nancy on Saturday makes it two wins, three draws, and four defeats in their last nine matches in all competitions. They were knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue on penalties to Metz in midweek too, so it hasn’t been an overly successful couple of months for the visitors.
Fortunately for Toulouse their early season good form puts them up in 7th in the table, but they will need to turn it around soon if they are to stay away from the relegation battle. A win going into the winter break would do wonders for their confidence.
With both teams in such poor form I think this one has draw written all over it. Dijon are one of the draw specialists in the division and have played out stalemates in four of their nine home games this season, whilst Toulouse have seen draws in four of their nine trips away. Odds of 21/10 for a Draw look good value, so I’m backing that along with a 1-1 correct score predictions at 5/1.
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