Bastia didn’t had that many chances last round away at Nantes but they were very pragmatic and successfully converted the few opportunities they created (won 2-0).
The offensive trio Kamano – Boudebouz – Danic looks more powerful with each new round and pretty soon Bastia will start creating more chances and applying constant pressure, as at the moment they are mostly concentrated on fast counters. Replacement Ayite is also in good form and even scored last round 3 minutes after entering the field.
Because Bastia’s playing style doesn’t imply holding possession and cornering opponents they often seem to be in difficulty but the increased level of organization helps them in keeping a clean sheet (haven’t conceded in the last 3 games).
The offensive potential should improve since Bastia will most likely welcome back important forward Tallo.
Lille started last round against Nice very aggressive and had a few good chances early in the game. Play-maker Lopes initiated a couple of dangerous actions but they weren’t efficient enough to find the net.
Everything changed just before the half time whistle when Lille remained in 10 after an easily awarded red card. Lille aren’t exactly bursting with creativity and is almost impossible for them to score while in numerical inferiority.
Guests will miss suspended fullback Sidibe.
Just like Bastia, Lille are also highly organized and from this point of view this can be one of the most boring games of the round.
Most likely Lille will try to impose the rythm, will hold possession but they won’t adventure upfront as their offensive potential is at low levels. Bastia will concentrate only on striking on counters but they won’t have many spaces available to exploit. 0-0 is worth a shot.
UPDATE: Hosts will miss Peybernes and Cahuzac due to injury. Forward Tallo was once again left outside the squad (coach choice)
Bastia: Areola, J-L.Leca – Cioni, D.Diakité, Squillaci, Modesto, Palmieri, Djiku – Ab.Keita, Romaric, Gillet, Danic, Boudebouz – F.Ayité, Ongenda, Sio, Kamano, F.Koné
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Kjaer, Basa, Rozehnal, Pavard, Béria, Corchia – Mavuba, I.Gueye, Balmont, Delaplace, Boufal, Ad.Traoré, R.Lopes – Roux, Origi, Mendes, Ab.Diaby, Koubemba