Solid performance from Bastia last week away at Reims (won 1-0). Not only last round, but for a couple of weeks already Bastia seem very confident and are extremely pragmatic regardless the opponent.
Winger Ayite scored again last week, reaching a total of 3 goals in 2016. He is by far Bastia’s most dangerous player and is involved in most offensive actions. Bastia would have no problems in dealing with the absence of striker Brandao for example, but they would struggle to replace winger Ayite…
Defensively Bastia are also in good form, and can even cope with the absence of keeper Leca, like it happened last week when Leca was suspended and Vincensini took his place in the lineup. There were no errors, no empty spaces and no hesitations in defense last round.
Nantes are also in great form and are yet to be defeated in 2016. Especially in the attacking phase Nantes are full of confidence and extremely active.
This round the attacking potential may diminish a bit since midfielder Thomasson will be suspended. Although they have plenty of decent options available, Thomasson is really important because of his speed, ball control and vision.
Unfortunately in defense there are many errors in each round, and sooner or later the positive results will end because of these mistakes.
It is really a shame these teams play each-other, since they are both in good form and would have been valuable bets if up against other sides. Hopefully neither side will lose form after this game and will continue to impress in future rounds.
UPDATE: This game has been rescheduled and will be played on 09.03.2016.