Bastia looked soft last round away at Lille (lost 1-0). They often seem to lack energy when playing away but this changes completely in home games. The fact they are a small team and rely on the points gathered on home ground for survival and the fanatic fans are factors that assure Bastia push beyond their limits when playing at home.
Last round coach Makelele made a few changes in order to freshen things up a bit. Plamieri was moved from the flank in central defense and his place on the left side was taken by Marange. Former fullback Diakite played as a central midfielder and striker Pino started for the first time.
In that formula Bastia had problems in holding the ball and Makelele quickly switched back to the old system at half time. Bastia should stick to the classic formula especially now when central midfielder Cahuzac will return from suspension.
Last week Lorient recorded their 4th consecutive defeat without scoring a single goal. As said before their major problem is the lack of chemistry. As weeks go by playing relations should be born, but instead Lorient goes from bad to worse.
Forward Ayew doesn’t get along with teammates and fails to anticipate their intentions. It goes the other way around as well, as teammates are nowhere near of understanding what Ayew wants from them.
Wingers are the only ones able to create some decent chances, especially Sunu on the left side who is very active each round. Jouffre also returned from injury last week and most likely will increase the offensive power once he achieves full potential.
Lorient’s defensive phase also suffers as they are disorganized and have problems at man-marking and defending against set pieces.
Winger Lavigne and midfielder Traore are doubtful for Lorient.
This is definitely not the best of moments for Bastia but the extra determination in home games should be enough to get the win in-front of a chaotic team like Lorient. Bastia -0.5 at 2.19
UPDATE: Bastia’s midfielder Cahuzac was given another week of suspension by the discipline commission and will miss again.
Bastia: Areola, J-L.Leca – Modesto, Cioni, Palmieri, Squillaci, Peybernes, Romaric, Marange – Gillet, E-H.Ba, Boudebouz, F.Ayité – Mokulu, J.Rodriguez, Pino, Ongenda, Tallo
Lorient: Areola, J-L.Leca – Modesto, Cioni, Palmieri, Squillaci, Peybernes, Romaric, Marange – Gillet, E-H.Ba, Boudebouz, F.Ayité – Mokulu, J.Rodriguez, Pino, Ongenda, Tallo