France Ligue 2 – Rodez v Dijon Preview (15/1/22)

Match Preview

Rodez

  • Terrible 0-4 defeat last week away to Pau was just their 2nd loss in 8 games
  • Solid enough 3-4-2 home record
  • Under 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 9 fixtures
  • Defenders Chougrani (inj) and Obiang (CAN duty) are the only absentees

Dijon

  • Defeat at home to Nimes last week (1-2) leaves them in 14th place
  • Lost 6 out of 9 away games with 3 victories
  • Last 5 consecutive games all ended with over 2.5 goals
  • Several absences including attackers Philippoteaux  and Le Bihan

Conclusion

Tough match to predict because you never really know which version of Dijon is going to show up. Both teams played quite poorly last week, although Rodez had some COVID problems and it clearly affected them negatively with absences. Most of their players are back this week so they should be able to bounce back from losing 0-4 at Pau. Rodez are generally quite a solid side and tend to be involved in lower scoring matches. There is definitely a clash of styles here because Dijon are more open and are actually on a 5 match over 2.5 streak.

If Rodez were on a DNB handicap here I would maybe be tempted to take them. Dijon can be very hit or miss but I didn’t like how they got outplayed at home to Nimes last week and couldn’t equalise despite facing 10 men for the 2nd half. They have yet to have an away draw this season so are perhaps due one. Rodez love an all square match and the previous fixture between the two teams this season ended 1-1. I think there’s a good chance of a similar outcome once more.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None