A place in Ligue 1 for next season will be at stake when Auxerre play the first leg of the Ligue 1 playoffs against Saint-Etienne at the Stade de I’Abbe-Deschamps on Thursday at 18:00 CET.
Auxerre Vs St Etienne Preview
Auxerre won three games in a row in Ligue Two and finished the season in third place in the table with 74 points. As a result, Auxerre missed out on direct promotion by just one point behind Ajaccio.
They hope to carry this good form into Thursday’s play-off match against Saint-Etienne, when they will be fighting for promotion to Ligue 1.
Auxerre will also try to use their home strength in the first leg against Saint-Etienne, as the game is of great importance for Auxerre.
Saint-Etienne’s poor form in Ligue 1 resulted in them finishing 18th in the table with 32 points, four points behind 17th-placed Clermont Foot and just one point ahead of 19th-placed Metz.
That means Saint-Etienne has a chance to fight for survival in a playoff match against Auxerre, which finished third in Ligue 2.
Saint-Etienne will have to step up their game if they face a team in the form of Auxerre in the playoffs.
Auxerre Vs St Etienne prediction
Auxerre will be the most confident team in this match as they will set about dominating the ball and pressing high up the pitch trying to force Saint-Etienne into mistakes.
Saint-Etienne will seek to be compact and pragmatic to ensure that they do not make mistakes or give Auxerre too much space in behind.
Our Pick: >1.5 Gols
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