On paper, Dijon and Limonest-Saint-Didier meet the weakest remaining team in the eighth finals of the Coupe de la Ligue. Does Dijon manage to fulfill the favorite role or do the amateurs provide a new cup stunt?
The route that five-division team Limonest-Saint-Didier made to the eighth finals was relatively easy on paper. The amateurs met two other amateur teams who were both beaten without goals and the other two cup games were against teams from the Championnat National, the third division, and were both won after penalties. It is therefore not very impressive what the final division has shown and that is also evident from the results in the competition. After thirteen games, Limonest-Saint-Didier is in a neat fourth place, but already ten points behind the number one.
While visiting Montpellier last Saturday, Dijon suffered the first defeat of 2020. Stéphane Jobard’s team was barely convincing before half time, and after the second yellow card for Mounir Chouiar early in the second half, the mustard city team soon faced a 2-0 behind. In the final phase, Mama Baldé managed to reduce the tension by drawing for the 2-1, but after ninety minutes of football, Dijon was allowed to return home without points. The Jobard team lost another place in the league table by the tenth league defeat of the season and can now be found in seventeenth place with only three points ahead of the relegation line.
Dijon has great difficulty finding the net this season in the competition, but in the 16th finals of the Coupe de France the Jobard team showed how to score. Nîmes Olympique won 5-0 at home, but that was the only game this season in which Dijon made more than two hits. In the defensive field, it has not happened at all that more than two hits were cashed in, so we do not seem to expect a spectacular match in advance, certainly not in view of the fact that Dijon is playing an important competition match against Stade Brestois next weekend.