Dijon FCO will attempt to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season as they face Paris Saint-Germain in a top vs bottom Ligue 1 clash.
Dijon were always expected to be fighting it out in one way or another down towards the bottom of the table, and that’s exactly how it’s transpired. They have a few players with real quality to go alongside a passionate fanbase, and that’ll give them enough confidence to believe that they can overcome their poor start to the campaign. It’ll seem unlikely for them to get the upset against a team like Paris Saint-Germain, but it’s the kind of surprise they’ve pulled before.
In their last six it’s safe to say that Dijon have shown a bit of resistance, only falling to a loss in two of those aforementioned games – against Brest and Nice. They picked up valuable 0-0 draws against Lyon and Marseille, and in addition to that, they registered back to back victories over Strasbourg and Reims.
When the expectation is that you’re going to stroll towards victory in pretty much every game you play, especially domestically, it can become a little bit difficult to function under that sort of pressure. Alas, when it comes to Ligue 1 football, Paris Saint-Germain tend to pass every test with flying colours. They’re going to be the clear and obvious favourites for the title once again, which should free them up to make a run at the Champions League trophy.
Perfection tends to be what most PSG fans demand in the domestic game, and that’s exactly what they’ve received in the last month or so. They have picked up 5-0 and 1-0 wins over Club Brugge and Galatasaray respectively in the Champions League, whereas back in Ligue 1, they’ve cruised to wins over Marseille, Nice, Angers and Bordeaux.
Dijon are going to give it their all, and that could make for a pretty tense first half hour for PSG. Even with that being the case, though, the quality that the French champions possess is just going to be too much for them to handle. We don’t think they’ll go on to batter them by any stretch, but it’ll certainly be one sided by the time we get around to the full time whistle. The great thing about league football, though, is that you can never tell what’s coming around the next corner.
We think the attacking prowess of PSG will lead them towards quite a few chances, which is why we’re going to back the over 2.5 goal bracket. The optimist in us would like to believe that Dijon can get themselves on the scoresheet, and in truth, it all depends on how tight they set themselves up at the back. If they go for the counter attack often enough, they could be in luck.
Verdict: Back the away win at odds of 1/6 and the over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/11. (All odds are taken from bet365).