Caen hosts Ajaccio in round 22 of French Ligue 2. The match will be played on Monday, January 24th at Stade Michel d’Ornano (Caen)
Not so long ago, Caen managed to stay in Ligue 1 for 5 years in a row. The Vikings also showed themselves worthily in the cup at that time, but in the end, they did not climb above the semifinal round. But then there was relegation from the elite division of France, and the previous championship brought only 17th place. Then Caen managed to outrank Niort, who went to the playoffs, only by additional indicators. And now the situation is not so cloudless for the Vikings. Yes, they are above the relegation zone and score more than one point per match on average. But there are too few victories. Yes, Caen managed to beat Guingamp in December, but before that, there was a 7-match streak of draws and defeats. And after that victory, the Vikings only tied against Quevilly Rouen and lost 3-2 to Sochaux.
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Ajaccio has got into the top division of the country before. But the team didn’t achieve anything significant there. And the last relegation to Ligue 2 dates back to 2014. In the same autumn, Olivier Pantaloni appeared on the coaching post. But despite several quite decent attempts, the Bears didn’t manage to return to the French football elite. And for example, they ended the last draw only in 13th place, that is, closer to the relegation zone than to the leaders. But the current season brought an unexpected breakthrough: in the middle of winter, a representative of Corsica is among the leaders. And the key to success is a well-organized defensive line. It’s very difficult for all teams to score against Ajaccio now. And despite quite modest production, the Bears manage to win or gain draws. A 0-1 victory over Amiens on January 19th helped them to catch up with the leading Toulouse.
In 2020 and 2021, Ajaccio won three of the last four head-to-head matches. Beyond that, the Bears won 2-0 at home in August. Ajaccio looks good at the moment and should extend its winning streak. We recommend betting on the visitors, but let’s hedge our bets with a zero handicap.