Auxerre vs Valenciennes
French Ligue 2
Date: Friday, 17 May 2019
Kick-Off 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade de l’Abbe Deschamps (Auxerre).
Auxerre will be looking to secure survival in the second tier of French football on Friday evening when they play host to bottom-half rivals Valenciennes in the last round of the competition. The hosts sit two points above Sochaux who hold the 18th place (the one which leads to relegation play-offs). Valenciennes are two points above their counterparts. They have secured another second division campaign thanks to a 1-0 home win over Le Havre seven days ago.
It has been another underwhelming campaign in general for AJA who were miles away from promotional challenge this term. They were struggling badly of late as they won just one of past 12 league outings. Auxerre failed to find the back of the net in eight of last eleven league fixtures, including last week’s goalless draw away at Grenoble Foot.
Auxerre vs Valenciennes: Head-to-head
Draw was the most frequent of outcomes in the history of this rivalry.
It happened 9 times in 21 matches.
Valenciennes managed to claim just one win in ten visits to Stade de l’Abbe Deschamps (4 wins for AJA and 4 draws).
Just one of last seven head to head games between these two likes produced three or more goals.
Auxerre vs Valenciennes: Prediction
Motivation will play big factor here. The visitors practically have nothing to play for in this last round fixture. They only won one of ten away clashes with Auxerre historically and it is hard to predict their success on Friday night at Stade de l’Abbe Deschamps.
Valenciennes were winless in six subsequent matches before the aforementioned 1-0 win over Le Havre last week. They also failed to score in four of past seven league outings. Given the H2H record and teams’ poor attacking form in recent games, backing a low-scoring contest looks to be a smart call.
To sum it all up, it’s the narrow clean sheet win for the hosts that we are going after here.
Auxerre vs Valenciennes: Bet Tips
Auxerre to win @ 1.87
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.75.