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Dijon-OL: Hold the line

Published on 03 February 2021 at 6:00 AM
Dijon - OL : Tenir son rang
OL are traveling to Dijon today for Matchday 23 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. Three days after a late win against Bordeaux, the objective is to follow it with another good result, this time against a side battling relegation.

The context

A goal from nowhere in the final seconds against Bordeaux, an unlikely victory for Lorient against PSG and now OL are second in Ligue 1, two points behind Lille and one point ahead of the Parisians. Their success against Les Girondins enabled OL to start another positive streak, with the team now on two consecutive victories. While success in the derby reassured the attacking qualities of this Lyon squad, the match against Jean-Louis Gasset's men demonstrated their determination and thirst for victory. Facing a promoted side desperate for points, OL will have to show the same desire to come home with another victory.

 

The challenge

PSG’s defeat in Lorient has proven it again this season: no team is invincible and each victory is decisive if we want to allow ourselves the possibility of dreaming of a grandstand end to the season. As is the case every week, OL should only have victory in mind to consolidate second place and keep a sufficiently large gap ahead of the fourth-placed side, Monaco, who have been in great form. It need scarcely be said as well that, Lille, who head to Bordeaux, can always lose their grip on first place should they lose. Les Gones will be wanting the Girondins to recover from their defeat last week at the Groupama Stadium by taking down the leader.

 

The opponent

With only 2 wins in 23 matches, Dijon are second to last in the standings. However, the situation for the Dijonnais is not hopeless, as the first non-relegation place is only three points away and there is plenty of football to be played this season. Last Sunday Dijon played well against a table-topping Lille, conceding only one goal on an individual error. But since the start of the season, David Linarès’s team have shown little at home with only six points out of 33 possible, totaling zero wins and four goals in 11 matches. Against OL, who have the best away record in Ligue 1, a battle of opposites looms; look for our Lyonnais to enforce the established order so as to avoid any unpleasant surprises.