As expected Bastia were very disappointing last round away at Lyon (lost 4-1). Lyon were in charge for most of the game and only when they got bored Bastia could advance a bit in the other half.
Players’ attitude is the first factor influencing Bastia’s recent performances. Striker’s Cisse behavior is representative for what players really think about upcoming games (Cisse was late for training last week and was left outside the squad). Other players aren’t any better even if their names aren’t recognized on the international footballing stage. Boudebouz for example moved in slow motion against Lyon, like opponents were not worthy of his attention. Khazri followed his example and even had a verbal conflict with coach Hantz when he was substituted.
Most likely he will be left outside the squad this round. Coach Hantz is well known for punishing his players and frequently changing the lineup so everyone should expect a couple of reserves to start.
Bastia will have to do without fullback Diakite and central defender Squillaci, both of them suspended.
With 3 rounds to go the chances for Lille to catch the second place (or lose the third place) are only mathematical. In-spite of that they are very dedicated each round, like we could see last week against Bordeaux when Lille fully dominated and constantly cornered the opponent (won 2-1).
Offensive players were not that inspired, with Kalou missing a penalty in the dying seconds and wingers Mendes and Origi not that active as usual.
But still Lille created many opportunities, no matter if was through crosses or long range attempts.
Even if Bastia plays on home ground, Lille will be the ones more committed and constant in efforts. Lille to win at 1.90
UPDATE: Cisse is back in the squad for Bastia. Lille welcome back midfielder Martin who was injured last round.
Bastia: Landreau, J-L.Leca – Harek, Achilli, Modesto – Ab.Keita, Romaric, Sablé, Cahuzac, S.Yatabaré, Boudebouz, Khazri – Barbato, Ilan, Raspentino, Bruno, D.Cissé, Maoulida
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – D.Sidibé, Béria, Kjaer, Basa, Rozehnal, Souaré, Soumaoro, Jeanvier – I.Gueye, Mavuba, Balmont, Mar.Martin, S.Meïté – S.Kalou, Rodelin, Roux, Ruiz, Origi