Relegation seems to be only a matter of time for Ajaccio, a team that lost eight consecutive games and needs to close a 10 point gap in 12 rounds. In order to keep their fading chances alive, the hosts need to break the ice and achieve a rare victory at home over Chateauroux this evening.
Match: Ajaccio vs Chateauroux
Bet: Ajaccio 0:0 Asian Handicap
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.09
For a team that used to play in Ligue 1 and keep vastly superior opponents in check when they had home turf advantage, Ajaccio is a huge disappointment this season. Following relegation to the second flight, they’ve lost a couple of key players and the few that remained were either too young or too old to be competitive. With no less than 5 players above 35 years old, Ajaccio was in no position of competing for promotion, but their team is still good enough to secure a place in Ligue 2.
The team they need to beat to improve their chances is Chateauroux, a squad that is yet to win away from home this season and in overall poor traveler. The visitors are mired in a four-game losing streak and have yet to face Ajaccio at home, with the only game played between the two ending in a 3-1 victory for the hosts. Chateauroux is the only team without victory away, and although coach Tholot would like his players to secure the first win he knows better than to take chances against a desperate team.
Ajaccio plays with a sense of urgency and they have good reasons to put every precautions aside because time is quickly running out. Bookmakers seem to favor Chateauroux despite the fact that they’re still seeking their first away victory, which presents punters with a rare opportunity to back the hosts. A 0-0 Asian handicap will cover the risk of a draw and the odds are still about evens with Pinnacle Sports.