France Ligue 2 – Clermont v Auxerre Preview (23/1/21)

Match Preview

Clermont

  • In third place after an excellent run of results
  • Won last 5 home games in a row
  • No new injuries or suspensions
  • Best defence in the league, only conceding 10 goals

Auxerre

  • Unbeaten run of 13 consecutive games heading into this fixture
  • Highest scoring team in Ligue 2 with 41 goals
  • Centre back Jubal, who hasn’t missed a single minute is ruled out (wife just given birth)
  • No other absences or suspensions

Conclusion & Betting analysis

This should be a really good game between 3rd and 4th in the table! I strongly rate both sides and this is such a difficult match to call. It will be a good test for Clemront to see if they have made progression and have true bottle and grit in matches that really matter. The same could be said for Auxerre. The visitors will be without key centre back Jubal, who has just become a dad so his influence at the back will surely be missed. Both teams like to keep the ball and are possession hungry so whoever manages to adapt best and make the most of their key moments will probably come out on top. It's interesting that this is the best defence in the league vs the best attack (statistically). Clermont look a bit short priced around 2.20 because I could see both teams cancelling each other out in a draw. I would say this is best just watched and to be enjoyed rather than a great betting perspective though.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None