Can Dijon break away-day hoodoo in Troyes?
Dijon FCO will be out to bounce back rom a heavy defeat in Monaco and claim just a second away win of the season as they travel to relegation rivals Troyes for their postponed Week 24 clash.
ESTAC Troyes - Dijon FCO
Flooding at Troyes' Stade de l'Aube prevented this Week 24 fixture from being played as originally scheduled in the first weekend of February, but the extra weeks haven't seen any improvement in the unenviable away form of Olivier Dall'oglio's Dijon side, who have lost all of their last seven road trips.
"It would be great to buck the trend away from home. It would be good first of all to just be solid in this kind of match. When we look at our performances on the road, notably the recent one in Monaco, we see that our losing possession often results in goals," admitted Dall'oglio, whose side would certainly be sitting higher than 13th on the Ligue 1 Conforama table if they had collected more than five points on the road this season. "There is a certain naiveté in our game that needs to be ironed out quick smart against teams like ESTAC or others. Whenever we get a point on the road, it's a very good thing. If we can bring a point back from Troyes, we'll be entirely satisfied."
Garcia: 'A long road ahead'
Dijon can take some solace from the fact that they beat Troyes 3-1 at the Stade Gaston-Gérard in the reverse fixture in November, but ESTAC will be full of confidence after their 1-0 win in Metz, a result that took them out of the drop zone and into 15th place.
"We're very satisfied because these aren't easy matches. I'm proud of my team for how many opportunities they created. We must praise Metz. They came here to win and put us in trouble at times," declared Troyes boss Jean-Louis Garcia, who had late-goal specialist Adama Niane's 88th-minute strike - his sixth of the season - to thank for the three points. "We had a dozen good chances of our own in the first half and the way the team played makes me optimistic about the future. This is a good win but there's still a long road ahead of us."
A win for Dijon would put the Burgundy side on the brink of the top half of the table, eight points clear of the drop, while victory for Troyes would see the promoted side climb a spot to 14th, just one length shy of Dijon.
ESTAC Troyes: Zelazny; Deplagne, Giraudon, Hérelle, C. Traoré; Azamoum, Walter; Grandsir, Nivet (c), B. Pelé; Niane
Dijon FCO: Reynet (c); Chafik, Lautoa, Djilobodji, Rosier; Balmont, Abeid, R. Amalfitano; Kwon, Tavares, Saïd