Auxerre vs Valenciennes - Ligue 2 contest to expose poor forward lines

Goals to come at a premium in clash of goal shy attacks
Auxerre vs Valenciennes
Auxerre vs Valenciennes in Ligue 2 set to show attacking deficiencies (Getty Images)

Auxerre vs Valenciennes Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Auxerre and Valenciennes are set to serve up few goals when they meet in their final French Ligue 2 fixture of the season. Both teams have struggled for goals throughout the campaign and are tipped to produce under 2.5 goals. A draw is also predicted here as both teams appear evenly matched heading into the clash.

AJ Auxerre Form & Team News


Auxerre were held to a 0-0 draw at Grenoble in their last Ligue 2 fixture. They matched the hosts throughout the contest and were good value for the point.

The hosts are two points above the bottom three and need a win in their final fixture to guarantee their safety in Ligue 2. Cedric Daury's men are unbeaten in five of their last seven matches, playing out four draws in that run.

Auxerre have had problems in attack this season and are among the lowest scorers in Ligue 2. Mohamed Yattara missed the draw at Grenoble and should return to lead the line on Friday, the striker has however scored just once in his last 10 matches.

 Cedric Daury
Auxerre coach Cedric Daury are one of the lowest scorers in Ligue 2 (Getty Images)

Valenciennes FC Form & Team News


Valenciennes secured their safety with a 1-0 victory at home against Le Havre. They scored from their only shot on target with Nathael Julan's second half strike proving to be the difference.

The victory ended a run of seven matches without a win for Les Atheniens and leaves them four points above the relegation zone with one match left to play. Reginald Ray's men are unbeaten in four of their last five away matches with two draws in that run.

Valenciennes have also found things difficult in attack with top scorer Florian Raspentino failing to score in his last three matches. The striker was a second half substitute in the win over Le Havre and should return to the starting lineup on Friday.

Valenciennes
Valenciennes have also struggled for goals this season and are expected to struggle in attack (Getty Images)

Auxerre vs Valenciennes Head to Head


Auxerre have seven wins and nine draws while Valenciennes have claimed five victories from 21 previous matches. Six of the last seven meetings have seen under 2.5 goals while four fixtures in that run have ended in draws.

Auxerre vs Valenciennes Match Up


Auxerre have struggled in attack for much of the season and have no players in double figures this term. Yattara is the team's joint top scorer with just four goals while partner Yanis Mejri has only found the net three times this term.

Valenciennes have also had problems in attack lately with Raspentino on a three-match goal drought. Playing alongside Julan, who grabbed only his second goal of the season last time out, the visitors should be in for a difficult time on Friday.

Auxerre vs Valenciennes Key Statistics 


  • Auxerre and Valenciennes have seen under 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 meetings (all competitions).
  • Auxerre have drawn 2 of their last 3 matches (Ligue 2).
  • Valenciennes have drawn 2 of their last 3 away matches (Ligue 2).

Verdict


Friday's clash is expected to serve up few goals as Auxerre and Valenciennes lack firepower up front. Both teams often produce under 2.5 goals in their matches and I am predicting a similar outcome in this one.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.60 at bet365 - 5 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.30 at bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @ 7.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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