Only thanks to huge efforts Bastia managed to win last round against Montpellier (finished 2-0). Even striker Tallo who scored both of Bastia’s goals was often seen doing the defensive phase.
Bastia were very happy to give away initiative and concentrate mostly on defending. This strategy paid off, but opponents’ offensive impotence also played a big role in the final outcome.
Collective efforts were really impressive but individual performances were only mediocre. Defenders were hesitant, midfielders lacked creativity and upfront they relied mostly on young winger Kamano who ran his lungs out for 80 minutes.
Hosts should welcome back fullback Cioni and winger Maboulou after injury.
Things will be different this round as opponents Lyon are in amazing form and managed to score 15 goals in the last 5 rounds (3 goals per game). Lyon is the most prolific Ligue1 side, not only because stats say so, but also because of the way they perform in the field.
Attacking players are in extraordinary form and even if forward Fekir is suspended for this encounter, young Cameroonian N’Jie is also very active and showed huge playing appetite.
In defense things are also looking great with experienced central defenders Bisevac and Umtiti always one step ahead of opponents and fullbacks Bedimo and Jallet often initiating actions down the flanks.
Lyon will welcome back play-maker Gourcuff who will definitely increase the offensive potential. There is a possibility that midfielder Grenier will also return after being injured for a long period.
Bastia will once again try to compensate the lack of talent and coherent strategy with huge efforts, only this time they will be up against one of the best and most in-form Ligue1 sides. Lyon -0.5 at 2.08
UPDATE: Still a bit early for Grenier to make a comeback, maybe next week.
Bastia: Areola, J-L.Leca, Vincensini – Modesto, D.Diakité, Palmieri, Squillaci, Peybernes, Marange, Romaric – Gillet, Cahuzac, Pino, Boudebouz, F.Ayité – Ongenda, Kamano, Tallo, Maboulou
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Umtiti, Bedimo, Jallet, B.Koné, Bisevac, M.Dabo – Gonalons, Ferri, Tolisso, Mvuemba, Malbranque, Y.Gourcuff – Ghezzal, Lacazette, Njie, M.Yattara, Benzia