Monday 31 Jul

Auxerre vs. Lens Match Preview

30 Jul 2017 Keith M. FRANCE: Ligue 2
FRANCE: Ligue 2

AJ Auxerre

  • W
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W


18:45 GMT
31 July 2017

RC Lens

  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L

18:45 GMT 31 July 2017

The Auxerre vs. Lens match will be played on Monday, July 31, at the l'Abbe Deschamps Stadium, Auxerre. This is the first round match of French Ligue 2. Auxerre finished the previous season in 17th place with only 43 points, while Lens was 5th with 65 points.


  • Auxerre played six friendly games during the summer. They recorded three victories, two draws, and only one defeat. However, we have to say that Auxerre mostly played against lower ranked teams. The hardest opponent they had were Troyes, which beat them 2:1.
  • Lens also played six friendly matches during the summer. They recorded two victories, one draw, and three defeats. However, they played against much stronger clubs than Auxerre - they were beaten against Gent and Standard Liege and, interestingly, Troyes, also by 2:1.


In their previous ten meetings, Auxerre recorded only one victory, Lens had six wins, while three games ended in a draw. However, Auxerre won the last match they played against each other. We saw under 2.5 goals in their last two games.


Auxerre barely avoided the relegation from the Ligue 2 last season. They were the first time above the relegation line, with only five points more than a team which had to play a playoff match to stay in the league (and succeeded). The last couple of seasons for former Ligue 1 club and one of the best teams in the country during Djibril Cisse's era, was disastrous. They will try to turn the things around in the upcoming season, and the victory in the first game would be great.

Latest matches: AJ Auxerre

25.07.2017 Club AJ Auxerre Paris FC 98 9:0 W
21.07.2017 Club AJ Auxerre Troyes AC 1:2 L
14.07.2017 Club FC Metz AJ Auxerre 1:4 W
11.07.2017 Club AJ Auxerre US Creteil 0:0 D
07.07.2017 Club Stade Reims AJ Auxerre 1:2 W


The last season was much better for Lens - they almost achieved promotion, but they fell short by only two points! They have the highest ambitions in this season too, and they will try to win the upcoming game.

Latest matches: RC Lens

21.07.2017 Club RC Lens KAA Gent 1:3 L
12.07.2017 Club Troyes AC RC Lens 2:1 L
08.07.2017 Club RC Lens FC Chambly 1:1 D
04.07.2017 Club US Avranches RC Lens 1:2 W
19.05.2017 Ligu RC Lens Chamois Niort FC 3:1 W


It is hard to predict the outcome of the upcoming match, but we believe that both teams will try to win it.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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