AJ Auxerre and Saint Etienne will play for the relagation final for Ligue 1 this season at Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps on Thursday.
Auxerre set up a meeting with St Etienne by beating Sochaux on penalties, but they will have a mountain to climb in the upcoming double-header. Forward Theo Pellenard is sidelined with injury, while a man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Gaetan Charbonnier, who scored 17 goals in the regular season.
St Etienne managed to avoid immediate relegation thanks to a 1-1 draw with Nantes. St Etienne are more of a team than Auxerre, but beating the Ligue 2 side at “l’Abbe-Deschamps” is easier said than done. Former Man City defender Eliaquim Mangala is back from suspension for the away team.
Auxerre got 3W-6D-1L from Saint Etienne in the past, which take the upper hand. As six out of ten h2h games ended in a draw in the past, a tie in the upcoming fixture is worth to be condisdered.
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