Excellent game from Bastia last week away at Nice. They kept ground with confidence for 90 minutes, and in the offensive phase speculated every tiny mistake opponents made (won 2-0).
Bastia are sitting on three consecutive victories (without conceding), and if they can keep up this rythm, they will surely join the fight for a place in Europe.
Although they aren’t bursting with individual talent, Bastia are highly organized and opponents have major difficulties in finding ways inside the penalty box.
Upfront Bastia usually struggle to create opportunities and they focus mostly on counters. Winger Ayite is undoubtedly their most important offensive player, and thanks to his speed and ball control, Bastia can easily take opponents by surprise.
Hosts will welcome back winger Palmieri after suspension.
Although they won 1-0, Lorient were far from impressive last week away at Troyes (won 1-0). Upfront they easily missed many important chances, and in defense they kept a clean sheet only because keeper Lecomte was in great form. That was actually only the second time in Ligue1 in 2016 Lorient managed to keep a clean sheet, and that surely says something about their defensive strength.
They missed midfielders Abdullah and Ndong (will return this round), both of them with defensive profiles, but that is no excuse for the huge spaces in defense.
Lorient had an easy game in the Cup against Gazelec Ajaccio, as they played in numerical superiority for an entire half (Lorient won 3-0).
Bastia never adventure upfront and risk getting exposed, regardless the opponent. They will patiently wait until opponents will make a vital mistake, a mistake that Lorient always makes. BASTIA -0.25 at 2.15
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Bastia : Vincensini, J-L.Leca – Marange, Peybernes, Modesto, Squillaci, Djiku, Palmieri – L.Coulibaly, Mostefa, Cahuzac, S.Fofana, Danic, Ngando, S.Diallo – Kamano, Brandao, F.Ayité
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Rose, Z.Touré, Musavu-King, Bellugou, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Barthelmé, Cabot, Mesloub, Ndong, Mulumba, Abdullah, Philippoteaux – Jeannot, Waris