Bastia had only two shots on target last round against Bordeaux and most of the game was played in their own half, but somehow they still managed to win 1-0.
It is not the first time Bastia are under constant pressure but manage to take all points in the end. It’s not only about luck, as sometimes they are very organized and opponents simply can’t find a way inside the penalty box.
Bastia’s offensive phase is utterly disappointing, as they are slow and predictable, and can’t keep possession in opponents’ half. Still, in-spite all of that, they somehow managed to score exactly 1 goal per game until now.
Hosts will welcome back important defensive midfielder Cahuzac after suspension.
Monaco also had a disappointing display last round on home ground against Caen (finished 1-1). They continuously moved the ball in midfield but lacked inventivity and the only to apply real pressure was with long balls thrown inside the box.
Argentinian forward Carrillo scored his first goal for Monaco (it was about time…) but the collective attacking efforts were very disappointing and Monaco relied primarily on individual talent
Monaco had problems defending the right flank as fullback Toure was often outplayed, and in-fact they conceded after an action carried on that side.
Monaco will welcome back forward Traore after suspension.
Bastia never dominate so it’s no rocket science to anticipate who will impose the rythm, but Bastia do get points even when they are severely outplayed and struggle to make a decent shot in target. Monaco aren’t doing that great either (most probably they will also be eliminated from Europa League) and they may not have enough resources to open up a side that is accustomed with continuous efforts in the defensive phase.
UPDATE: Monaco will once again miss midfielder Toulalan who will be joined on the sidelines by Moutinho, Carillo and Raggi.
Bastia: J.-L.Leca, Hansen – Cioni, Palmieri, Marange, Modesto, Jebbour, Peybernes, Squillaci – Ngando, S.Fofana, Mostefa, Danic, Houri, L.Coulibaly, Cahuzac – Raspentino, Ayité, Brandao, J.Romain – See more at:
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi, Badiashile – R.Carvalho, Coentrao, Echiejile, Fabinho, K.N’Doram, Alm.Touré, Wallace – T.Bakayoko, Ber.Silva, Boschilia, H.Costa, Dirar, Lemar, R.Lopes, Pasalic – L.Traoré, Mbappé – See more at: