Last round Bastia finally got their first Ligue 1 win in 2017 (won 2-1 away at Dijon). The victory could have come sooner, but there is still time to save the season.
They have a difficult schedule with games against Lyon, PSG and Marseille, but the good news is that they stopped getting red cards, and they don’t have any problems with injuries or suspensions.
It was a modest performance away at Dijon last week, but the result surely gave them wings and confidence for future rounds.
Bastia’s strength has always been the ability to mobilize and make extra efforts. Now it’s the perfect moment to make use of that quality.
Hosts welcome back defender Saint Ruf and winger Danic, but will miss defender Rose.
Lyon made a really disappointing game last week on home ground against Lorient. They took an early lead, but opponents manage to score on every single counter (Lorient won 4-1).
Defenders were confused, midfielders looked tired and forwards superficial.
The Europa League performance against Besiktas wasn’t any better, and Lyon were really lucky to win the game (finished 2-1). Lyon’s attacking players were easily annihilated by opponents, and Lyon scored both goals in the final 10 minutes thanks to the defensive players.
Many important absences for Lyon: Fekir, Lacazette, Valbuena, Tolisso, Morel and Mammana.
It’s impossible for Lyon to catch Nice and qualify for Champions League (16 points behind), and maybe this is why they seem depressed. Bastia will make huge efforts in this game, and it will seem like they are in numerical superiority. This is a great chance for the home side to build on last week’s victory, especially with all the absences for Lyon. BASTIA 0.75 at 2.00