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Auxerre vs Rodez betting tips: Coupe de France preview, predictions and odds

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Will Auxerre manage to avoid a Coupe de France upset?

Last season, Auxerre were promoted to Ligue 1 via the play-offs, beating Saint-Étienne on penalties at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard last May.

So, their primary aim is to stay in the top division and, right now, this is looking like a tough task.

Christophe Pélissier’s team are second bottom of the table, five points from safety, having lost seven on the spin prior to Sunday’s goalless draw with Reims.

Their only league victory since 27 August came against fellow-strugglers Ajaccio on 30 October.

In the cup, Auxerre needed penalties to oust Dunkerque, before a 4-0 victory over Chamois Niortais in the round of 32.

So, will the top-flight strugglers see off more Ligue 2 opposition here?

Rodez meanwhile sprung a massive surprise in the last 64, eliminating Monaco on penalties at Stade Louis II, before another shootout victory, this time over fourth-tier Grasse, 18 days ago.

Les Sangs et Or are currently in trouble in Ligue 2, sat second bottom, but this is their best Coupe de France run since 2009.

Will Auxerre enjoy a rare victory at Stade de l’Abbé-Deschamps?

Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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