If losing because of a goal conceded from penalty in the fourth minute of extra time wasn’t enough (Guingamp vs Bastia 1-0), Bastia also lost two important players: midfielder Cahuzac and forward Ayite, both of them suspended.
Last week Bastia defended for most of the game, and did a pretty good job too, as opponents had difficulties in infiltrating inside the penalty box.
Bastia are accustomed with defensive tactics as this is their preferred approach, and most probably against Lyon they will once again focus of closing ranks and preventing opponents from creating scoring opportunities.
Besides Ayite and Cahuzac, Bastia will also miss midfielder Fofana and defender Modesto, both of them suspended as well.
Last week Lyon were more pushy than their opponents but had problems in creating chances and entering the penalty box (1-1 vs Marseille).
Just by having a look at their lineup it may seem that Lyon are bursting with creativity, but the truth is they are in a standstill and need the participation of half the team for creating a proper scoring opportunity.
Key players Lacazette, Valbuena and Grenier are in poor form, and the other ones can’t double their efforts and compensate.
Most probably Lyon will turn into a public bet once everyone will realize Bastia will have four players suspended. Sure, the overall strength will be diminished, but even without those players Bastia can still be pretty compact. Furthermore Lyon are yet to achieve full potential and shouldn’t be trusted, especially since the odds offer no real value.
UPDATE: Besides the 4 suspended players Bastia will also miss defenders Djiku and Marange who are injured.
Bastia: Hansen, J-L.Leca – Palmieri, Peybernes, Squillaci, Cioni, I.Diallo – L.Coulibaly, Mostefa, Danic, Ngando, S.Diallo, Benhaim, Ab.Keita, Maboulou – Brandao, Raspentino, Kamano
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Rafael, Umtiti, Yanga-Mbiwa, Morel, Jallet, Bedimo – Darder, Ferri, Tolisso, Gonalons, Grenier, Valbuena, Ghezzal – Kalulu, Lacazette, Cornet