Bastia used the second squad in the midweek Cup game, but even so, that is no excuse to get eliminated by a 4th division side (they lost at penalties away at Quevilly).
But now it’s clear what Bastia’s priorities are. They are fully focused on Ligue1 and wish to get as further away as possible from the relegation zone (currently only 2 points separate them).
Bastia started 2015 with high levels of organization. Thanks to the defense in 5 and the constant support from midfielders Cahuzac and Gillet, Bastia heroically resists to pressure without losing concentration. There are almost no open spaces for opponents to exploit and champions PSG are living proof of that (Bastia won 4-2 two rounds ago)
Winger Maboulou suffered an injury last week and most probably will sit out.
Unlike Bastia, Bordeaux started in the best possible formula away at PSG in the Cup. But it was still not enough as Bordeaux got eliminated after a one sided encounter (in-spite the close score 2-1 for PSG).
Bordeaux are still without a couple of important players (Khazri, Saivet, Sane, Traore, Poko and Diabaite) and the overall strength is diminished considerably.
Bordeaux have a talented squad but they need to work on their strategy. They aren’t consistent in efforts and sometimes simply invite opponents to attack. When the game starts they focus too much on the offensive aspect and if by any chance they succeed in taking the lead Bordeaux are happy to just sit back and wait for the final whistle.
The momentum definitely belongs to Bastia and they should be able to take advantage of Bordeaux’s absences and unprofessional game plan. Bastia -0.25 at 2.23
UPDATE: In comparison to last round Bastia will miss only winger Maboulou. Other absences are keeper Areola, winger Ayite and midfielders Romaric and Ba. Bordeaux also have a new absence, defender Ilori.
Bastia: Vincensini, Leca – Cioni, Squillaci, Modesto, Palmieri, Marange, Peybernes – Ab.Keita, Djiku, Gillet, Cahuzac – Boudebouz, Benhaim, Vincent, Ongenda, D.Cissé, F.Koné
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Mariano, Pallois, Planus, Poundjé, Guilbert – Kaabouni, Plasil, Sertic, D’Almeida, Soni – Dijgla, Maurice-Belay, Rolan, Thelin, T.Touré, Crivelli