Bastia’s performance last round was very depressing. They were 1-0 up early in the game, played against 10 for about half an hour, but still couldn’t win and got equalized in the final 10 minutes.
Upfront only attacking midfielder Boudebouz created some chances, otherwise Bastia were invisible.
In a surprise move, Bastia’s coach Hantz started the game with mediocre winger Raspentino as a striker. He scored a lucky goal after a rebound, following one of Boudebouz’s attempts. Of course for the rest of the game he barely touched the ball. Most probably he will start again against Lyon, reducing Bastia’s offensive potential.
Winger Khazri got injured early in the game and most probably will miss this round.
With Boudebouz being the only offensive player in-form for Bastia they will have major issues in opening up Lyon’s compact defense.
Lyon’s game last round also left a bitter taste after they were equalized in the final 10 minutes.
A major fault should be attributed to coach Garde who was very uninspired and took off Grenier in min 60 (one of the best players on the field) and substituted him with Gourcuff, who was simply unable to push the game forward.
Defenders did a good game, but with no real play-maker to force the game in Toulouse’s half, too much pressure accumulated and opponents equalized after some pinball football.
Lacazette and Malbranque suffered light knocks and most probably will recover until the game against Bastia.
Lyon have a solid defense and should be able to deal with Bastia (without Khazri and with Raspentino as a striker). Hopefully this time coach Garde won’t take Grenier off so soon and Lyon will be able to preserve the advantage.
Judging by stats alone Bastia’s home ground is like a fortress. But the actual performance in the field was never impressive. It is about time Bastia start losing points at home. Lyon DNB at the price at 1.88 is the way to go for this game.