Auxerre are currently 13th are have so far failed to impress either at home or on the road…
Pieroni and Mathis 3 goals, Cheyrou and Akalé 2 goals, Niculae, Mignot, Pedretti and Jelen 1 goals. 3 goals scored from outside the penalty area and 11 from inside; 5 headers; 1 penalty (Pieroni v Le Mans); 1 free-kick (Pedretti v Sedan); 1 from a free-kick; 3 from corners; 3 from centres. 9 goals have been scored in the second half.
18 goals conceded: one from outside the penalty area. 3 penalties (Nancy, ASSE and Le Mans); 1 header; 8 from crosses and 1 from a corner.
22 players have been used by Jean Fernandez. Sagna, Cool and Benoit Cheyrou have played every minute of every match to date. 31 yellow cards: Mathis 5, Mignot 4, Pieroni 3, Cool 2, Cheyrou 2, Akalé 2, Kaboul 2 Radet 2, N’Diaye 2… 3 red cards: Akalé, Kaboul and Radet.
Auxerre were eliminated in the round-of-16 of the Coupe de la Ligue by Bordeaux 1-0 at the Stade de l’Abbé Deschamps. In the rd-of-32, they defeated Strasbourg 2-0 (Pieroni, Kahlenberg). They qualified for the UEFA Cup by eliminating OFK Belgrade, 5-1 and 0-1 (Mignot, Jelen and Pieroni x3) and Dinamo Zagreb, 3-1 and 2-1 (Jelen x3, Mathis and Niculae). In the first group match Auxerre lost 3-1 to Maccabi (Niculae).
Sunday will be the 21st meeting at the Stade Gerland between OL and AJA. 10 wins, 7 draws and just 3 losses for OL. Lyon’s last defeat was 0-1, way back in 1995-96.