Tip Saint Etienne - Auxerre
Prediction published on May 27, 2022 at 5:05 AM
Saint-Etienne were close to a crucial away win at Auxerre in the first leg of their promotion/relegation playoff on Thursday, but they conceded a late equalizer for the game to end 1-1. They will host the return leg, on Sunday, the winner getting the ticket to play in Ligue 1. The draw marked Saint-Etienne’s seventh winless outing, and they aren’t in the best shape defensively either. They have no clean sheet in 11 matches, but they have failed to score in just one of the 11 games. The hosts here have reason to be worried about playing at home; they have just one win in their last five home games and in three of the last four, all losses, they’ve conceded two or more goals. Saint-Etienne have one clean sheet in their last 10 home matches.
Auxerre had to win on post match penalties in the last round of the playoffs, against Sochaux. They will hope to finish this earlier, and the late equalizer in the first leg should give the warning that though they have the better run, things could change. Gaetan Perrin’s goal in the 86th minute gave Auxerre hope going into the return leg and extended their undefeated run to 10 matches. They’ve failed to score in just one of their last 19 matches and even in their away run, they have no loss in the last 10 games. Both sides have scored in their last five away matches, but at no point in the last 10 away games have they conceded more than a goal. In three of their last five away games, Auxerre have scored two or more goals.
Key points Saint Etienne - Auxerre
Auxerre are unbeaten in 10 away games.
Auxerre have failed to score in one of their last 19 matches.
Saint-Etienne are winless in their last seven matches.
Both sides have scored in Saint-Etienne’s last five home matches.
Saint-Etienne have one clean sheet in 10 home games.
Conclusion Saint Etienne - Auxerre
None of these two has a clear advantage after the first leg of this playoff but Auxerre will be happy to have avoided a home defeat. Their scoring run saved the day as they grabbed a late equaliser. They will still need that here, as Saint-Etienne are also good in attack. The hosts haven’t won much at home, and neither do they have many clean sheets there, but their scoring run at home has been good. Go for both teams to score.
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