France Ligue 2 – Auxerre v Le Havre Preview (5/4/21)

Match Preview

Auxerre

  • Succession of recent draws - 5 in their last 7 games has stalled their promotion bid
  • In 6th place now 4 points behind the playoffs
  • 8-4-3 home record has generally been strong this season
  • Their 50 goals scored is still the 2nd most of anyone, but have dried up recently
  • Centre back Gauthier Lloris is injured
  • Bench weapon attacker Kevin Fortune is also ruled out

Le Havre

  • Lost 3 of last 4 games which leaves them in 12th place
  • Relatively comfortable 7 points above any danger
  • 6th best away record in the league (6-3-6) and been strong on the road
  • 24 out of 30 matches ended under 2.5 goals
  • Centre back Fernand Mayembo - who hasn’t missed a game since mid October is injured 
  • Playmaker Himad Abdelli back in the squad for the first time since early Feb

Conclusion & Betting analysis

The price on Auxerre has been all over the place in the last 24 hours. At one point into the early hours of the morning they were as big as 2.50 in some quarters, but those odds have readily dropped during the day. This is pretty much a must win affair for AJA. They are 7 points behind the playoffs spots but could put some pressure back on the top 5 by picking up victory. Too many draws have cost Auxerre recently but we saw some signs vs Valenciennes last time out that they are back in form and it was really only defensive errors which cost them (2-2). Le Havre are better on the road but they aren’t a team I particularly rate and seem safe enough in midtable right now. The visitors have lost 3 of their last 4 games and not really lit anything up recently. Auxerre are worth chancing on a -0.25 Handicap around the 1.75 mark. They have drawn too many recently which makes me think this cover is needed, but this is a good chance to bounce back with a win.

Prediction: 2-0

Recommended bet: Auxerre -0.25 Asian Handicap @1.75