Match: AC Ajaccio vs Toulouse
Competition: France – Ligue 1 Playoff Final
Time / Date: 21:45h / 23 May 2018
Venue: Stade François-Coty
AC Ajaccio who played at France second tier welcome Ligue 1 side Toulouse at their Stade François-Coty for final playoff first leg game. While hosts will try to get back in the first league after four years out of there, Toulouse on other side will try to extend their 15 years stint in the top flight.
Ajaccio had a good regular season and they finish at 3rd place, with just five points behind the direct promotion. Albert Cartier’s side knocked out Le Havre in the one-game play-off semi-final, snatching a last-gasp 2-2 draw at home thanks to Mohamed Mady Camara’s goal in extra-time (120+5’ min) and winning the penalty shoot-out 5-3.
Toulouse finished 18th with just point away from remaining at the elite. Mickaël Debève’s men winning only two of their last 14 fixtures in the league (W2, D5, L7).
In eight previous games at the Stade François-Coty in both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, hosts have an even record against visitors where they recorded 3 wins, 2 draws, 3 loss.
Both teams are in totally different form, Ajaccio loses only 3 of last 19 Ligue 2 home games (W14, D2, L3), while Toulouse have recorded only two wins in their 19 away games in the Ligue 1 (W2, D5, L12).
At the end I expect both teams to start with calm approach waiting their moment.
-Home win – 13/5 (@3.60)
-Under 2.5 Match Goals – 8/15 (@1.53)