Auxerre vs Lens
France – Ligue 2
Date: Monday, 31st July 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade de l’Abbé-Deschamps (Auxerre).
Auxerre narrowly escaped relegation from Ligue 2 last season with the slimmest 1 point cushion for the bottom three.
Meanwhile, Lens finished at the opposite end of the table missing the promotion play-off by 1 point against Troyes.
Both teams will be optimistic when they lock horns on matchday 1 of the 2017/18 season, one looking to repeat last season’s feat, while the other eyeing a tremendous improvement.
Auxerre’s pre-season has been decent as they 2 wins and 2 draws from 5 matches. The 4-1 win against Ligue 1 side is the highlight of their campaign.
On the other hand, Lens started off well by picking up back-to-back wins against local French clubs Quevilly Rouen and Avranches. Since then, they lost three on the bounce. However, the head-coach Alain Casanova will be losing little sleep over it with all results coming against much stronger sides like Troyes, Gent and Standard Liege.
Auxerre vs Lens: Head-to-head
Auxerre finally managed to end Lens’s dominance in the latest Ligue 2 meeting on April 2017. It do wonders to their confidence with the result coming by a 1-0 margin at Lens’s home turf.
Lens were unbeaten in 13 league games prior to that, combines from Ligue 1 and 2; which had 8 wins and 5 draws.
Auxerre will be looking for their first home win against Lens since 2007. They lost 3 and drawn 4 from the last 7.
Auxerre vs Lens: Predictions
A new season give fresh hopes and that will be running in the mind of Auxerre players. They want to forget how the 2016/17 went and will be keen to start the new campaign on a high note.
Lens can be considered as promotion candidates and they will fight through thick and thin for the ultimate price. They had tormented Auxerre time and time again in recent seasons and have a slight advantage going into this fixture.
We wouldn’t take a risk by picking the FT result here, considering how good Auxerre were in the pre-season. But, both teams to score is a decent option as the last five meetings between the two at Auxerre saw the same.
Auxerre vs Lens: Bet Tips
BTTS for 1.95 odds with Unibet.