Bastia constantly cornered Lorient last round, but unfortunately couldn’t get more than a draw (finished 0-0). Still, it was a solid performance, as Bastia were confident and very active in all areas of the field.
Bastia is one of the most organized sides in the tournament and are sitting on 4 consecutive clean sheets. Keeper Leca is also in excellent form, and it’s a real challenge for any Ligue1 striker to be one on one against him.
In the offensive phase Bastia aren’t applying constant pressure on opponents, but lately they can be very efficient on fast counters, especially thanks to winger’s Ayite speed and vision.
Really disappointing result for Nantes last week away at Rennes (lost 4-1). In terms of possession, and even chances created, the game was pretty tight, but unfortunately Nantes clearly lost the battle mostly because of the constant errors in defense.
This wasn’t the first time defenders made crucial errors, in fact since the season resumed after the winter break Nantes’ strategy seemed to be outscoring the opponent. But the defensive strength diminished at an alarming rate and nowadays even amateurs can score against Nantes.
Nantes have really impressive offensive potential, and it’s a shame to see it go to waste because of the defensive mistakes.
Bastia will be more than happy to let Nantes control the game and struggle to find way inside the penalty box. Hosts will have an easy task exploiting on counters, against a slow and loose defense. BASTIA DNB at 2.00
UPDATE: No surprises in Nantes’ squad
Nantes: Le groupe : Riou, Dupé – Sabaly, Djidji, Dubois, Moimbé, Vizcarrondo, Cana, N’Dongala – B. Touré, Thomasson, Gomis, Gillet – Audel, Sala, Iloki, Sigthorsson, Bammou
Bastia: not communicated yet