Ajaccio v Saint Etienne Preview

August 9, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit RequiredFrench Ligue 1 action on Sunday afternoon comes from The Stade Francois Coty, featuring hosts Ajaccio going up against Saint Etienne.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 16:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Ajaccio v Saint Etienne Preview, Ligue 1, Sunday 11th August 2013

Ajaccio managed to escape relegation last season by the skin of their teeth and know that will need to improve a great deal this season if they are to avoid becoming involved in another fight for survival. Although coach Fabrizio Ravanelli has brought in a number of new players during the summer transfer window, the club has not spent any money on any significant signing’s and it does look like the club will again be in a fight to remain in this league.

Saint Etienne had a very productive season last year and only just missed out by a single point of guaranteed qualification to the group stages of the Europa League, however they look like securing that anyway having had a very comfortable 6-0 victory on aggregate against Moldovan side Milsami-Ursidos in the Europa League play-off’s and that result will certainly have the whole squad confident of getting the season off to a good start come sunday afternoon.

Ajaccio v Saint Etienne Team News

Ajaccio Team News:

Coach Fabrizio Ravanelli has no injury problems or suspensions so expect the Italian maestro to start with his favoured formation of 4-2-3-1 with Sigamary Diarra and Chahir Belghazouani providing the service from the flanks for Benjamin Andre and Dennis Oliech who will spearhead the attack up front.

Saint Etienne Team News:

Coach Christophe Galtier will be without the banned Max Gradel, but other than that he has a full squad to choose his starting eleven from which should include Franck Tabanou, Benjamin Corgnet and Romain Hamouma leading the attack up front in his favoured 4-3-3 formation.

Ajaccio v Saint Etienne Head to Head Statistics

24/04/13 LI1 Saint Etienne – Ajaccio 4 : 2
30/11/12 LI1 Ajaccio v Saint Etienne
0 : 0
07/04/12 LI1 Ajaccio v Saint Etienne 1 : 1
26/11/11 LI1 Saint Etienne – Ajaccio
3 : 1
12/05/06 LI1
3 : 1

Who Has The Advantage?

The two clubs have played each other on 12 seperate ocassions over the years with Ajaccio having won 2, Saint Etienne having won 4 and the remaining 6 games having finished all square. From the head to head statistics table shown above we see that Saint Etienne have a slight advantage in recent years having won 2, with Ajaccio having managed just 1 victory and the remaining 2 games having finished all square.

Average Goals Per Game?

29 goals have been scored during the previous 12 matches played between the two clubs, which provides us with an average goals per game average of 2.41 which suggests that this game on sunday afternoon could see a couple of goals scored at the Stade François Coty.

Ajaccio v Saint Etienne Recent Form

Ajaccio: W D D L D

Saint Etienne: D W L W W

Saint Etienne have a clear advantage on recent form having won 3 of their last five matches played. Ajaccio have only managed to record 1 victory from their last five matches played. Both sides however have only been defeated once during this period.

Ajaccio v Saint Etienne Match Betting Odds Market.

Ajaccio are not fancied much by the online bookmakers to win this game with a current best price of 12/5 with Betfred – £10 Free Bets No Deposit Required currently available.

The Draw has happened quite often when these two sides have met each other over the years and especially when Ajaccio have had the home advantage so the current odds of  12/5 with Ladbrokes – Receive £30 Free Bets when Registering a New Account could be worth a small investment.

Saint Etienne are the clear favourites to win this game on sunday afternoon with a current best price of 7/5 with BetVictor – £20 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account currently on offer, which considering their recent good form could turn out to be decent value.

Ajaccio v Saint Etienne Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Ajaccio don’t have a great record against Saint Etienne, you have to go back to 2005 to find the last time they actually beat them and with Saint Etienne having been in excellent form recently and heading into this game on the back of that impressive 6-0 aggregate victory in the Europa League play-off, I can only see Saint Etienne winning this game and at their current price available do look the value play here.

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