- It’s Saint-Étienne vs Auxerre on Sunday, May 29 in the second leg of their Ligue 1 relegation playoff
- The first leg on Thursday finished 1-1 with Auxerre leveling things up with a late equalizer
- We preview the game, look at the Saint-Étienne vs Auxerre odds, and offer some picks below.
It is Saint-Étienne vs Auxerre at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in the second leg of their Ligue 1 relegation playoff on Sunday, May 29 at 1:00 pm ET.
The first leg ended 1-1, with Saint-Étienne’s 15th-minute opener from Zaydou Youssouf being canceled just four minutes from time from Auxerre’s Gaetan Perrin. With a place in next season’s Ligue 1 on the line, this couldn’t be tighter.
We preview Saint-Étienne vs Auxerre and offer below some analysis and picks for this massive Ligue 1 relegation playoff.
Saint-Étienne vs Auxerre Odds
Odds as of May 27 at Barstool Sportsbook
The bookmakers predict Saint-Etienne’s home advantage could tilt the balance in their favor here, but still pitch them in plus money at +110, which comes with a 47.62% implied win probability, with Auxerre at +230 with an implied probability of 30.3%. The draw also offers a good return at +235, with an implied probability of 29.85%.
Over/Under and Spread
Barstool has pitched ‘over 2.5 goals’ pitched in plus money at a reasonable +108, and under 2.5 at -143. If you see this one turning into an end-to-end goal-fest, then the +295 on offer for over 3.5 goals will be of interest to you.
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Saint-Étienne vs Auxerre Prediction
With the first leg ending 1-1, both teams will feel they still have a great chance of playing Ligue 1 soccer next season. For Saint-Etienne, the name of the game was to emerge from the first leg with something to play for on their home patch. Even a single-goal defeat would have been considered okay, and so to draw the game 1-1 was in some ways a bonus, such has been their poor form on the road.
48h pour préparer la deuxième manche 👊💚 pic.twitter.com/zzOfMO3ciD
— AS Saint-Étienne (@ASSEofficiel) May 27, 2022
Auxerre will consider themselves still well and truly in the tie and buoyed by Gaetan Perrin’s 86th-minute equalizer. When Les Verts took a 15th-minute lead through Zaydou Youssouf, the scene was set for them to take the game by the scruff of the neck and take it away from Auxerre, but the second goal never came and, instead, it was Les diplomates who found the all-important next goal.
Momentum Now With Les Verts
But there has been a shift in momentum. Prior to the first leg, Auxerre came into the game off the back of a successful season and an equally successful playoff semifinal, but Les Verts – whose season had been a largely disastrous one – have now gained a foothold in a campaign that appeared to be slipping away from them. They will feel their fate is back in their own hands.
90e+5 : ⏹ Terminé à Auxerre. Il faudra être costaud dans le Chaudron ! À dimanche, tous ensemble ! pic.twitter.com/vJl0kkjbTM
— AS Saint-Étienne (@ASSEofficiel) May 26, 2022
Saint-Étienne vs Auxerre Head-to-Head Stats
|7-11-20 [Ligue 1]||Regular-season record||21-11-6 [Ligue 2]|
|42 / 77||Goals for / Goals against||61 / 39|
|3-1 vs Montpellier||Biggest win||4-0 vs Niort|
|5-0 vs Stade Rennais||Heaviest defeat||6-0 vs Toulouse|
Head-to-Heads Favor Auxerre
The head-to-head stats surprisingly favorAuxerre who have won eight of the 24 meetings between these two teams. By contrast, Les Verts have won just five, meaning that, after Thursday’s game, eleven of their 24 contests have ended as draws – a timely reminder of just how well matched these two clubs have been over the years, despite Saint-Etienne’s more illustrious history.
Prior to their draw on Thursday, their most recent meeting – in the French Cup in February 2017 -saw Les diplomates run out comfortable 3-0 winners.
𝙐𝙣𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙞𝙚̀𝙧𝙚 𝙚́𝙩𝙖𝙥𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙝𝙚 … 🔵⚪️🙏
— AJ Auxerre (@AJA) May 27, 2022
Biggest Challenge for Les Diplomates
The stats point to a disappointing season for Saint-Etienne from virtually every metric, but they did pick up more points in the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard than they did away from home. Auxerre’s away form, as you would expect from a team that finished third, held up well over the course of the season but this will be their biggest on-the-road challenge of the campaign.
🎟️ Prévente à la billetterie dès 14h pour les déplacements individuels à Saint-Étienne
🏟️ Guichets visiteurs ouverts à partir de 17h dimanche au Stade Geoffroy Guichard
🅿️ Point de rassemblement dimanche 16h30, sortie 13 sur l'A72
— AJ Auxerre (@AJA) May 27, 2022
Saint-Étienne vs Auxerre Team Lineups and Injuries
Saint-Étienne Projected Lineup: Bernardoni, Sacko, Mangala, Nade, Thioub, Youssouf, Camara, Trauco, Aouchiche, Bouanga, Khazri. L
Saint-Étienne Injuries: None.
Auxerre Projected Lineup: Léon, Arcus, Jubal, Coeff, Bernard, Touré, Sinayoko, Hein, Sakhi, Autret, Charbonnier.
Auxerre Injuries: Pellenard.
Saint-Étienne vs Auxerre Pick
Les Verts will be disappointed at not killing the tie off after their early goal on Thursday night but, equally, will feel they at least now have their fate back in their own hands. Auxerre too will still fancy their chances of victory but, for me, that extra Ligue 1 quality could just give them the edge when crunch time arrives. It will be close though – possibly a single-goal victory.
Pick: Saint-Étienne to win (+110) / Saint-Étienne to win 2-1 (+800)