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Jan 31, 2021 at 4pm UK at Stade Lille-Metropole
LilleLille
1-0
DijonDijon
Yazici (29')
Botman (13'), Xeka (82')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Muzinga (75'), Chafik (90+2')

Preview: Lille vs. Dijon - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Ligue 1 clash between Lille and Dijon, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Title-chasing Lille welcome relegation-threatened Dijon to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday afternoon for a showdown in Ligue 1.

The hosts scraped a vital 1-0 victory over Rennes in their most recent outing, whereas Dijon's survival prospects took a huge blow with a 3-2 defeat to Lorient.


Match preview

Lille coach Christophe Galtier pictured on January 24, 2021© Reuters

Lille navigated a tricky Rennes test with professionalism and aplomb as the in-form Jonathan David struck the only goal of the game in the 16th minute in a significant boost to Les Dogues' hopes of Ligue 1 glory.

Christophe Galtier's side have taken advantage of Lyon's slip-ups to leapfrog their title rivals in the table, although reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain will not be dethroned without a fight and Lille sit behind Mauricio Pochettino's men on goal difference after 21 matches.

Should Lyon see off Bordeaux on Friday evening, Lille would be knocked down to third before they take to the field on Sunday, but having won their last three on the bounce in the top flight, Galtier's men will certainly be expected to make it a quartet of successive victories over Dijon.

However, each of Les Dogues' last four wins in Ligue 1 has only been by a solitary goal, although it is no surprise that their goalscoring habits have been hampered with star man Burak Yilmaz nursing a calf problem.

A shock 2-1 defeat to Angers on January 6 remains the only time that Lille have lost at home in any competition during the 2020-21 campaign, and with just 15 goals conceded in the top flight, PSG are the sole team who have shipped fewer so far.

Dijon's Mama Balde in action in October 2020© Reuters

In stark contrast, Dijon's four-game unbeaten run was ended in heartbreaking fashion against fellow strugglers Lorient, who returned to the pitch after suffering a devastating coronavirus outbreak earlier this month.

With the tie delicately poised at 2-2 deep into injury time, Lorient defender Andreaw Gravillon saw his header saved by Anthony Racioppi, but the Dijon goalkeeper then proceeded to slip over the line with the ball still clutched in his hands.

It was a cruel blow for a Dijon side who have undoubtedly become more resilient under David Linares, but the bottom half of the table is now tightly congested as Les Hiboux are level on 15 points with Lorient and Nimes - the latter of whom ended their winless run with victory at Marseille last time out.

Furthermore, Lorient and Nimes have both played a game fewer than Dijon, although the visitors' only two victories this season have come away from home and they had not lost in five on unfamiliar territory before Wednesday's defeat.

However, 15 goals scored is the fewest in the league and it would take nothing short of a miracle for Dijon to walk away from the Stade Pierre-Mauroy with something to show for their efforts, as Lille have won all five meetings with Les Hiboux on their own turf.

Lille Ligue 1 form: DWLWWW

Dijon Ligue 1 form: LWDDDL


Team News

Renato Sanches in action for Lille on November 1, 2020© Reuters

Yilmaz is not expected to return from injury for another couple of weeks, so the strike partnership of David and Yusuf Yazici will remain unchanged for now.

Galtier's midfield options have been boosted with the return of Xeka from suspension, but with Renato Sanches now raring to go again, the former Bayern Munich man could get the nod over his compatriot.

Jonathan Ikone and Domagoj Bradaric could force their way into the first XI after being benched against Rennes, while Zeki Celik's return at right-back has eased Galtier's concerns with Jeremy Pied still injured.

Dijon's infirmary is almost empty ahead of this game, with Anibal Chala and Yassine Benzia the only concerns for Linares at this moment in time.

The highly-rated Mounir Chouiar has struggled for starts as of late, but he could return to the fold this week over Frederic Sammaritano.

Lille possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Celik, Fonte, Botman, Bradaric; Ikone, Andre, Sanches, Bamba; David, Yazici

Dijon possible starting lineup:
Racioppi; Boey, Manga, Coulibaly, Muzinga; Ndong, Cheikh; Ebimbe, Celina, Chouiar; Balde


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We say: Lille 2-0 Dijon

Dijon have not been a side to ship many goals under Linares, but Lorient putting three past them after recovering from a major COVID-19 cluster showed that Les Hiboux' defence is not impenetrable. The absence of Yilmaz continues to be a big blow for Lille, but the hosts still have too much quality at all ends of the pitch and should record a straightforward win over Linares's men this weekend.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Lille332010354203470
2Paris Saint-GermainPSG33223874254969
3MonacoMonaco33215770383268
4Lyon331910465323367
5Lens33141185245753
6Marseille33141094641552
7Rennes33149104335851
8Montpellier HSCMontpellier331211105354-147
9Metz331110123638-243
10Nice33127144144-343
11Reims33914103838041
12Angers33118143450-1641
13Saint-EtienneSt Etienne33109143850-1239
14StrasbourgStrasbourg33107164251-937
15Brest33107164556-1137
16Bordeaux33106173548-1336
17Lorient3388174061-2132
18Nimes3387183260-2831
19NantesNantes33513153351-1828
20Dijon3339212256-3418

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