St Etienne take on the visitors Auxerre in the second leg of French Ligue 1 playoffs final. The first leg result: 1-1. The match will be played on Sunday, May 29th at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (Saint-Étienne).
Saint-Etienne have a great history. But it does not give any advantages on the field. Not so long ago, the Greens had relative success, they returned to European competitions and played in the final of the country's cup. But this season was frankly a failure. Only due to the fact that after 4 defeats in a row, in the last round, it turned out to take a draw, it turned out to be ahead of Bordeaux and Metz by 1 point. This couple went directly to the 2nd division, and Pascal Duprat's wards, thanks to the regulations of French football, got the right to fight for survival through play-offs. However, Saint-Etienne was able to quickly open an account on Thursday away - Yussuf scored on the 15th minute. If it had turned out to keep the advantage, then the home match would have turned into an outright formality. But in the end, as often happens, the hosts put the squeeze on the guests, and brought the meeting to a draw.
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In recent years Auxerre were showing relatively mediocre results in Ligue 2. And only now there is good progress. The dispute for the 2nd final place was won by Ajaccio, who gained 75 points, and "Auxerre" accumulated 74. Instead of a direct ticket to the long-awaited Ligue 1, I had to go to the play-offs. And already the previous round was not easy: they limited themselves to a goalless draw with Sochaux, fortunately, having managed to get around the opponent in the penalty shootout. There are still chances for overall success now. The hero was Peren, a graduate of Lyon, who was once considered extremely promising, but last season he played in the 3rd division for Orleans, perhaps scoring the main goal of his life. But now the Burgundians need to play no worse than at home, on the field of Saint-Etienne.
At "Saint-Etienne" Kolodzeychak and Neyu are off. 1-1 in the first leg extended the draw streak between these clubs. This is already the 6th match in which the teams ended in a draw in regular time. Bookmakers believe that Saint-Etienne will be the favorite in this pair. They were a little short of winning on the road - we bet that he will be able to do it at home
Prediction for the match: St Etienne to win.