Dijon FCO vs Sunderland Preview: Black Cats look to make it four out of four in pre-season

The Wearsiders continue preparations for the new campaign in France.

Dijon FCO vs Sunderland Preview: Black Cats look to make it four out of four in pre-season
Can David Moyes get another win under his belt? (Photo: Sunderland AFC)

David Moyes will look to make two wins out of two as Sunderland manager, with the Black Cats taking on Dijon FCO in France tomorrow evening.

The summer so far

Sunderland head into this game with a 100 per cent record so far in pre-season, under three different managers. A week ago, and a lot closer to home, a team still under Sam Allardyce's leadership kicked off the friendly programme with a 3-0 win at Hartlepool United - Jermain Defoe and Wahbi Khazri grabbing the goals.

Three days later, under the guidance of caretaker manager Paul Bracewell, the Black Cats won 2-1 against Championship outfit Rotherham United, Fabio Borini and trialist Charles N'Zogbia on the mark this time around.

Finally, in Moyes' first game in charge on Monday, a much younger looking Sunderland team ran out 2-0 winners against Stade Nyonnais in Evian, with a brace of first half penalties from Duncan Watmore seeing the Wearsiders to another win.

Pre-season bows for some

Despite this game being Sunderland's fourth in pre-season, some active members of the first team squad have yet to get any minutes under their belt for various reasons. Therefore this match should allow Moyes to see Sebastian Larsson, John O'Shea and Jan Kirchhoff for the first time in person.

Larsson and O'Shea got their summer break a lot later than the rest of the squad as they were the only two to feature at Euro 2016 for Sweden and the Republic of Ireland respectively, even playing each other in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Kirchhoff has not feature in the last week due to a mystery injury problem, but he was there watching the Nyonnais game so perhaps will feature in Evian on Wednesday.

Having returned to training, could John O'Shea and Sebastian Larsson feature tomorrow? (Photo: Sunderland AFC)
Having returned to training, could John O'Shea and Sebastian Larsson feature tomorrow? (Photo: Sunderland AFC)

What to expect from Dijon

This will be the first game in pre-season where Sunderland go up against a team who play in the top flight of their respective country, with Dijon newly promoted to Ligue 1 in France after four years out of the top division. This will be the club's second spell in the top flight after only turning professional in 2004.

Their most recognised player is Romain Amalfitano, who was with Sunderland's local rivals Newcastle United for two years. However, he only featured in a couple of Europa League games for the Magpies and spent time on loan at Dijon during his on Tyneside. He is also the younger brother of Morgan Amalfitano, who made over 50 Premier League appearances for West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.

With the pedigree of their squad and the level they are now at, it would be fair to compare them to Rotherham United, with some of England's second tier teams seen to be on par with quite a few sides in a league which Paris Saint-Germain won by 20 plus points last season.