Somehow it’s already week 4 of Ligue 1, and surprise everyone; 0-2-1 Dijon and 1-1-1 Montpellier aren’t blowing the league out of the water. As of right now, Bet365 is favouring an exciting 1-1 finish between these two relegation-dodging powerhouses, so what are the chances that actually happens?
Dijon – (6/4)
Montpellier – (19/10)
Draw – (21/10)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (21/10)
Under – (3/4)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (3/4)
No – (1/1)
So far this season there’s been a high price on goals for both clubs. So far Dijon has managed to lose by 3 twice and finish once tied at one, where Montpellier has won by 1 goal, tied at 1 goal, and lost by 1 goal.
Dijon lost a number of its top scorers this summer and it shows early in the year. Last season the club totalled a -12 goal difference and already are down to -6 three weeks in, and that’s without top scorers Lois Diony and Pierre Lees-Melou, who moved on in the transfer market.
In their place is 9 goal scorer Julio Tavares, who to his credit has put one in already this year. They will be leaning on him to improve on his totals as the season progresses as Dijon was not able to expand their offence or defensive talents in the offseason.
On the other side of the ball, Montpellier is faring both better and worse. On the one hand, they enter this fixture they’ve managed a win which always sets the tone early in the season; On the other hand, they are averaging a dismal 0.7 goals a game.
Last year they totalled 2 more goals and league points than Dijon but totalled a whopping goal difference of -18. For a team that needs to be scored on less, they did little in the way of improving their defenders. An even 0 goal difference isn’t the worst way to start though.
Having lost both their leading scorers from last season, Montpellier has two players in Daniel Congre and Souleymane Camara who have already tied their previous season highs of 1 goal a piece, so not much in the way of offence on the squad.
Dijon 1 – 1 Montpellier
What an exciting finish! A tie! In all honesty, there’s no reason either team should score, other than how much both teams enjoys getting scored on. Look for Dijon’s goal to come from Julio Tavares. The 2.5 over/under is not threatened at all here.