3rd of February, Daily Double Up
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Dijon v Lyon
• Lyon travel to struggling Dijon this evening looking to keep pace with league-leaders Lille who sit top Ligue 1 and now have a 2 point advantage over Lyon who sit 2nd. They will fancy their chances of doing that against a Dijon side who are woefully out of form and look very much there for the taking this evening. 17 places and 31 points separate the two sides which gives you an indication in the gulf of quality that exists between the two.
• Dijon are relatively resolute defensively but quite frankly are appalling going forward and have offered little to no goal-threat going forwards this season. No side has scored fewer than the 15 league goals they have mustered this season. Their cause won’t be helped by the injury that striker Roger Assale picked up at the weekend; he limped off after 25 minutes and is expected to be unavailable for this one.
• Given the distinct lack of goals that Dijon score you would expect Lyon would only need one to get the 3 points. They certainly don’t have a lack of goals within their squad and only PSG have scored more than the 46 they have managed this season. All the big guns are tipped to be fit so we should see the likes of Memphis Depay, Karl Toko Ekambi and Tino Kadewere all strutting their stuff.
• Dijon can prove quite a tough nut to crack but Lyon easily have enough attacking quality to get the job done. Suspect it should be a fairly routine away win for Rudi Garcia and his men in this one.
Monaco v Nice
• Five consecutive wins have turned Monaco into outsiders in the title race and the hosts will be confident of making it six out of six when they host Nice in the Riviera derby. This form has seen them rise to 4th in Ligue 1 and now trail league leaders Lille by just 6 points going in to this midweek round. They host Nice tonight who have won just once this calendar year. Despite the sacking of Patrick Vieira yet to find any kind of consistency and they were particularly woeful in their 1-0 home defeat to an out of sorts Saint-Ettienne at the weekend.
• The hosts have been boosted by the long-awaited return from injury of Aleksandr Golovin and added further quality to their squad with the £18m signing of Krepin Diatta from Club Bruges in the January window. Niko Kovac continues to do an exceptional job at the helm and looks to have restored some much needed confidence in what is an extremely talented Monaco squad.
• Nice meanwhile look a shadow of the side that finished 5th last season and qualified for the Europa League. The burden of European football appears to have proved too much for their relatively small playing squad and it has wreaked havoc on their domestic form this campaign. They find themselves down in 13th and probably should be more worried about a potential relegation scrap at the moment more than challenging for Europe such is their current situation.
• I expect Monaco to extend their winning league run to 6 straight games tonight and should record a relatively straight-forward win against an out of form Nice in the South of France this evening.
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