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On December 28, Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps (Auxerre) will host the match of the 16th round of French Ligue, in which Auxerre will compete with Monaco. The battle will start at 17:00 CET.
The club has experienced its peak in the last decade of the previous century and the beginning of the current one. There were the semi-final of the UEFA Cup, the only league title (1996) and a number of Cup successes. But now this is in the history, and “the Burgundians” are a newcomer to League 1. They returned there in a very complicated way, having started the 3rd place in the 2nd division. It goes without saying that Christophe Pelissier's wards have been considered to be underdogs. Having this unspoken status, it turned out to finish the autumn part of the season with pretty good intermediate results, 13 points after 15 matches. But 7 of them were taken in August, at the very beginning of the season. The following games gave only a 1-0 victory with a modest Ajaccio. The newcomer remains in a quite shaky situation. It would be reasonable to add in the game to prove the hopes that the coaching staff, while there were no official matches for some weeks, has learned from the mistakes and flaws.
The team is experiencing some kind of déjà vu, a quite unpleasant one. Kovac raised Golovin and company to the 3rd place in 2021. But then there was an insulting defeat to Shakhtar in the Champions League qualification, a weak start at the inner arena... As a result, Niko was fired a year ago, and the management “enticed” Philippe Clement to the position. The Belgian is copying the Croat even in detail: the same 3rd place at the end of the tournament, the same hurtful misfire in the Champions League qualification, but this time in the battle with PSV. In the Europa League, the French club, however, did its best and went to the play-offs, where there will be a struggle with Bayer. At the same time, the summer-autumn part of the season turned out to be mediocre at the inner arena: 8 wins and 27 points after 15 rounds. These points are only enough for the 6th position – it is clear that “the chair has been breaking” under Clement. Still, it is he who began the winter as a coach.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Monaco has not lost in 5 previous head-to-head matches in a row: 3 wins and 2 draws. But the opponents have not met for almost a decade, since the spring of 2013.
Bookmakers believe that Golovin and company will be able to have a successful start after the pause. Monaco is stronger and more experienced – we dare to assume that it can win even in an away match (odd: 1.77).
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