As a general rule it’s never a great idea in this league to back away teams on these sort of handicaps, unless you are taking one of the top sides. I firmly believe that Auxerre will be one of the better teams in the division this year and this could be an ideal starting match for them. Valenciennes just feel like a stale club that is going nowhere. Their summer recruits haven't been particularly inspiring and as per usual they have plenty missing through either injury or suspension. Le Stade de Hainault is far from a fortress these days and Auxerre are likely to be strong on the road this year under Pablo Correa. There was some doubt earlier in the week that key striker Mohamed Yattara was doubtful for this clash, but he's in the squad and set to start. The extra quality that Auxerre have should show in the end here so I’m willing to take them DNB. If Valenciennes managed to win I’d be surprised.
Recommended bet 1 unit: Auxerre DNB @1.99