Disappointing performance from Bastia last round away at Valenciennes (lost 3-2). They managed to score twice but both goals came after Valenciennes were 3-0 up and barely felt like running after the ball.
Cisse’s arrival was shouted from rooftops (myself included) but besides getting injured he couldn’t achieve much. [restrict paid=true level=1]
His replacement Ilan found some extra motivation, knowing that from now on he will most likely get bored on the bench, delivered an assist and scored a nice goal. But that performance alone is not relevant to Ilan’s value, he remains a mediocre player, with the lack of vision being the major set back.
Coach Hantz has an unexplained affinity for Raspentino and leaves Krasic on the bench. Krasic is superior to Raspentino both when it comes to speed and ball control, but is still only a bench warmer.
Last round the defense looked more vulnerable than ever, both in the center and on the sides. Captain and defensive midfielder Cahuzac was absent minded and failed to cover for fellow defenders.
Striker Cisse will miss this game through injury while keeper Landreau is doubtful. If Landreau will miss it will be a huge blow for Bastia. I will update on his situation.
Bordeaux deserved more in the midweek Cup game against PSG (lost 3-1). In the end it was the unlimited resources that made the difference (valuable players on the bench for PSG). Bordeaux conceded 3 times but stood their ground heroically in defense. Central defender Sane made Ibrahimovic look like a Ligue2 player… Intuition and precision were at high levels.
In midfield Obraniak was left on the bench and the entire team looked better (he made some big errors in the 1st game against Toulouse, one of which led to a goal conceded).
Newly arrived striker Hoarau hasn’t managed to score yet or deliver an assist but he makes great efforts in every game. He is very active, runs a lot and opens spaces for teammates.
Since returning from injury central midfielder Poko became an exponential player both for the defense and the offense. His tackles are clean and destroy opponents’ actions in incipient stage. His attempts on target are powerful and precise (he even scored against PSG).
Striker Jussie resumed training and may return to the lineup and end Bordeaux’ offensive problems.
Hosts will struggle to open up Bordeaux, especially with Krasic on the bench and Cisse injured. I see a bigger advantage for Bordeaux than the odds suggest.
Bordeaux DNB at the price of 1.90 is the way to go. Low to medium confidence.
UPDATE: Landreau is out.