Saint-Etienne and Auxerre will meet in the second and final leg of the Ligue 1 relegation play-offs as the Ligue 1 outfit play hosts to the Ligue 2 side with the top tier team having to deal with a 1-1 scoreline and win on the night in order to remain in the league.
St-Etienne have had an almighty topsy-turvy season. The club were rock bottom of the Ligue 1 table for months on end under Claude Puel, and following riots at the stadium and the worst form of any side in Europe at the time, the former Leicester City boss was rightfully so let go, and the club moved out of the relegation zone within weeks.
Pascal Dupraz soon took over, and he was unable to keep St-Etienne out of the drop zone with them trailing 17th-placed Clermont Foot by four points in the end. Worse yet, the seven-time Ligue 1 champions lost a league-high 20 games in the season, and only Bordeaux have conceded more than their 77, as they have also finished just one point above last place and immediate relegation.
As is normally the case in these relegation play-offs between two clubs from either division, the top flight side is normally favoured. St-Etienne are 4/9 to qualify still, but this cannot overlook Auxurre's late charge in the last game, as they scored with five minutes to go.
Dupraz's men should have enough quality to get through the game, however, as they simply have more firepower. We think they and the likes of Wahbi Khazri will get the job done and win the game for the Ligue 1 side here as they look set to remain in the French top flight.