Bastia focused exclusively on defending last week away at Nantes, and the strategy paid off as they won an important point (finished 0-0).
The defensive phase is actually the most important aspect of the game for Bastia, and although they rarely keep a clean sheet Bastia usually concentrate all forces in own half.
Leca is one of the most in-form keepers in Ligue1 and whenever opponents get past defenders, Leca stops most actions by himself.
Upfront there is an entire different story as Bastia barely creates real scoring opportunities and are very predictable.
Hosts will miss important defensive midfielder Cahuzac who is suspended.
Really poor performance from Bordeaux last week against Caen (lost 4-1). Bordeaux lacked a lucid organization and every set piece was like a penalty for opponents.
Central midfielders were often caught on the wrong foot and were forced to foul opponents in order to stop them. In-fact all 3 central midfielders got booked and Biyogo-Poko even got a red card. Keeper Carrasso also seems to be in poor form and somehow even scored an own goal.
Guests will have to do without midfielders Khazri and Poko and defender Pallois, all of them suspended.
There is no doubt that Bordeaux are more valuable, but right now they seem low on confidence and without much creativity in the attacking phase. Whenever Bastia play they do their best to kill the game, so we shouldn’t expect much action.
UPDATE: Bastia welcome back defender Squillaci after iunjury
Bastia: J.-L.Leca, Hansen – Cioni, Palmieri, Marange, Modesto, Jebbour, Peybernes, Squillaci – Ngando, S.Fofana, Mostefa, Danic, Houri, L.Coulibaly – Raspentino, Ayité, Brandao, J.Romain
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Guilbert, Poundjé, Yambéré, Hassani – Chantôme, Ounas, Plasil, Saivet, Soni, Vada – Crivelli, Jussiê, Maurice-Belay, Rolan, Kiese Thelin