Pending the opinion of the Council of State regarding a new appeal by Amiens SC, there will be 20 clubs and not 22 as Le Mans and Orléans (relegated to National) hoped for in L2 this season. This will start on August 22 with a first day featuring Toulouse FC. After 17 seasons in a row among the elite, Téfécé, now trained by Patrice Garande, finds the L1 antechamber in the shoes of one of the favorites, and will face a promoted one, Dunkirk.
AC Ajaccio, 3rd one point behind Lens (2nd) before the championship stops, will host Châteauroux. Troyes, who remains in 3rd and 4th place during the last two exercises, will start with a shock against Le Havre (6th last year) managed by Paul Le Guen. Also note the other poster of the 1st day, between Auxerre and Sochaux, the only two representatives of L2 to have been champion of France of L1.
Finally, Chambly, who maintained himself by being promoted last year, will welcome Paris FC, saved in extremis (17th), at the start of the season.
Remember that the first two will go up to L1 and the last two will be relegated to National. Barrages of accession to the elite will pit the 3rd, 4th, 5th of L2 before a match (round trip) against the 18th of L1 while the 18th of L2 and the 3rd of National will challenge in a sustaining barrage .
TO BE PRINTED. The calendar for the 2020-2021 Ligue 2 season
Téfécé and Amiens, the other relegated from L1, are among the favorites of this championship and will start respectively in front of the promoted Dunkerque and Nancy before competing for the first time in Picardy on the 9th day.
Clermont, author of a very good season (5th), will play entry against Caen, disappointing 13th last year. Guingamp, who also missed his last championship (8th), will host Niort. Sochaux and Auxerre, the only two L2 representatives to have been French L1 champions, will challenge each other on the first day.
The other promoted, FC Pau, who discovers the L2 for the first time, will travel to Valenciennes on the first day before receiving Rodez.