Auxerre take on the visitors Lens at “Stade de l'Abbe-Deschamps” in the opening round of the French Ligue 2. The game will be played on Monday, July 31st.
Last season Auxerre were at the edge of relegation to the National: after 38 matchdays the legendary club settled on the 17th place in the Ligue 2 table with 43 points earned and 28-40 goal difference. During the summer break Auxerre conducted five friendly clashes resulting in two victories, two draws and one loss. And those encounters with the team’s participation can’t be named very interesting as Auxerre scored only eight goals for and five goals against in them.
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Till the very last gameweek of the previous season Lens have been a real contender for the promotion to the Ligue 1: the side occupied the fourth position in the standings with 65 points taken and 59-40 goal difference having finished just one point behind Troyes. In summer Lens played six friendly encounters getting two triumphs, one draw and three defeats with six goals for and nine goals against in them.
Both rivals didn’t impress during the summer pause by their performance in offense having scored and conceded on average nearly one goal per game. This is typical statistics for the most French sides like in the elite division, like in the Ligue 2. I believe that a spectacular battle with a lot of scored goals shouldn’t be expected in the first official clash of the season between the teams which demonstrate solid “close” football and will build their play on defense, not on the offense in the upcoming season.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.