Balanced game between Bastia and Nantes last round, and in the end both sides were happy to split points (finished 0-0).
Lately Bastia have been very organized and it’s no coincidence they kept 5 consecutive clean sheets.
The defensive phase is really powerful and opponents need to double their efforts in order to create a tiny space to exploit.
In the attacking phase they aren’t exactly a force, but can be pretty surprising thanks to speedy players like Kamano and Danic, and Ayite’s vision and ball control.
Last round Lille weren’t so convincing as the scoreline suggests (won 2-0 against Reims). The game was very balanced and opponents even created the best of chances. With a couple of minutes to go Reims remained in 10, but they still advanced in search for the equalizer. Lille’s second goal was a normal consequence, but was by no means the result of a convincing performance.
The only good news is that both Portuguese forwards Eder and Lopes scored, and that may boost their confidence for future rounds.
There is nothing special about Lille this season and their current position in the table is fully justified.
Lille will have to do without fullback Corchia who suffered an injury.
Lille won only 1 away game so far this season (even Troyes have more away victories), and that number simply can’t change when up against organized and in-form Bastia. BASTIA DNB at 2.10
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Bastia : Hansen, J-L.Leca – Marange, Peybernes, Modesto, Squillaci, Djiku, Palmieri – Mostefa, Cahuzac, S.Fofana, Danic, Ngando – Kamano, Brandao, F.Ayité, Maboulou, Raspentino
Lille : Elana, Enyeama – D.Sidibé, Soumaoro, Civelli, Basa, Sunzu, Y.Koné – Mavuba, Obbadi, Balmont, I.Amadou, M.Amalfitano, Boufal, R.Lopes, Bauthéac – Benzia, Eder