Dijon and Brest will meet on Sunday in a massive early season six-point affair in Ligue 1. Brest are at the bottom of Ligue 1 with zero points from six possible. The Pirates have conceded seven goals in 180 minutes of football while scoring just two times. Dijon are also winless after two games claiming zero points from six possible. The Owls have scored just one goal while conceding five to their opponents. Something has got to give on Sunday afternoon when Dijon and Brest meet at the Stade Gaston Gerard.
Brest began the Ligue 1 season conceding four goals against Nimes away from home. The Pirates performed better at home against Marseille on matchday 2 but still fell to a 3-2 loss. Brest nearly came from behind late on to grab a share of the spoils.
Dijon fell 1-0 to Angers on opening day but had chances to score goals. They followed up matchday 1 with a very disappointing 4-1 loss to Lyon away. Dijon conceded two penalties to Lyon at the Groupama Stadium.
Both managers are desperate to get three points from the game. Which side will get the points in a massive six-point affair?
Dijon and Brest have a long history playing against one another in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. The two sides met twice in 2019-20 with the home team winning both times. Brest won the first fixture of the season between the clubs 2-0 thanks to goals from Paul Lasne and Denys Bain. The goals came in the second half of the game. Bain was sent off 19 minutes after scoring the team’s second goal.
The Owls returned the favour in the reverse fixture just before Ligue 1 was called off. Dijon scored three goals thanks to a first-half brace from Mama Balde and a second-half goal from Stephy Mavididi.
Remarkably, the home team are unbeaten in the last 10 games between Dijon and Brest. Eight of the 10 games between the clubs finished with teams not scoring. Five of the 10 games finished in wins to nil for the home team in the series.
Neither team have done well defensively. Brest have allowed seven goals over the course of 180 minutes. They conceded an average of 3.5 goals. Dijon concede an average of 2.5 goals per match. Scoring has been an issue for both teams. Sunday’s game could be low scoring.
Dijon’s only goal of the season was scored by Aurelien Scheidler against Lyon. He scored in the 14th minute of the game giving Dijon a shock lead. They managed to concede four goals without reply after scoring. Dijon tallied just 35% of the possession against Lyon and tallied six shots with two on target. Goalkeeper Alfred Gomis has had little help in defence. He has made some big saves at time, but Dijon have struggle to prevent teams from taking shots at Gomes’ goals.
Brest will be without Brendan Chardonnet after he was sent off against Nimes on opening day. Chardonnet will miss the game versus Dijon through suspension. Gaetan Charbonnier and Roman Faivre scored Brest’s goals against Marseille. Those goals were the only two scored thus far by the clubs.
Charbonnier has been Brest’s most significant attacking player. He has a goal and assist this season. He has an expected goal per 90-minute figure of 0.89. After two games in Ligue 1, Charbonnier averages 4.81 shots per 90 minutes.
Brest are without Denys Bain. The forward score against Dijon last season but a long-term injury will keep him out of the game. He is the only player missing for the Pirates this weekend.
Gaetan Charbonnier to score anytime - BET NOW
Charbonnier has started the season well for one of the worst teams in Ligue 1. The attacking midfielder has one goal and one assist in two games this season. Charbonnier averages a goal or assist every 65.5 minutes of Ligue 1 action. He scored four goals and added five assists last season for Brest. This season, he is averaging 4.81 shots per 90 minutes. He averages 2.06 key passes per minute. Charbonnier will be either the goalscorer or creator on Sunday.
Under 2.5 goals scored - BET NOW
Dijon and Brest are the bottom of the barrel, for now, in terms of goalscoring teams in Ligue 1. The pair have been rotten after two matchdays and it is likely that goalscoring will be a struggle for both all season long. Seven of the last 10 games between Dijon and Brest ended with under 2.5 goals scored. Don’t expect these teams to put on a high-scoring show.
Dijon to win to nil - BET NOW
The home team are unbeaten in this serious in the last 10 games in all competitions. Those 10 games date back to the 2011/12 Ligue 1 season. Four of the last 10 games between Dijon and Brest finished in wins to nil for Dijon. They have a good record against Brest and have a record of 5W-4D-1L in all competitions. Brest should struggle once more when they head to Dijon this weekend.
Dijon and Brest are set to fight relegation this season. The two clubs would have gone done to the wire battle the drop last term. However, the league’s cancellation in March stopped them from battling the drop in the end. Neither club will be as lucky this time around.
Sunday’s game should finish in a win for Dijon. They played well at home to Anger on opening day and really should have claimed a win. Brest, on the other hand, were rotten versus Nimes away on opening day. They fell 4-0 with a poor defensive performance. Expected Brest to once again have difficulties on the road as Dijon claim a win. Don’t expect many goals between the two early season relegation battlers.
Stade Gaston Gérard will host Sunday's Ligue 1 match between Dijon and Brest.
Dijon vs Brest will kick-off at 14:00 on Sunday 14 September.