Balanced game between Bastia and Lorient last round and the final score may be a bit too harsh (Lorient won 2-0). Only because of bad positioning Lorient succeeded in scoring twice.
Still, from an offensive point of view Bastia made a really poor game. The attacking midfielders play a huge role in the game plan and when they have a bad day Bastia ends up with no points.
The lone striker Sio is not exactly world class material and unfortunately he can’t compensate for midfielders’ lack of form. But one isolated incident, one poor performance is no reason to worry and players like Danic, Boudebouz and Ayite should be trusted as they are highly skilled and experienced.
Bastia may once again miss fullback Palmieri and midfielder Cahuzac.
Nice started the game against Montpellier in force but fully collapsed after finding the net (Montpellier won 2-1). There were so many defensive errors that it’s a miracle Montpellier scored only twice.
In comparison to the beginning of 2015 Nice drastically reduced rythm, lost form and confidence. Their performances are getting poorer as round goes by and it seems coach Puel has difficulties in motivating players. In-fact motivation will be a big issue for this game since Nice’s fans won’t be allowed in the stadium.
There are no news about injuries so most likely Nice will be using the same team as last week.
At home Bastia always double their efforts in order to get positive results. In-fact with only one exception (drew 0-0 against Bordeaux) Bastia won all home games in 2015 so far. An out-of-form Nice isn’t exactly an opponent to stand in Bastia’s way. Bastia -0.25 at 2.05
UPDATE: Good news for Bastia as they welcome back fullback Palmieri and midfielder Cahuzac
Bastia: Areola, Vincensini – Cioni, D.Diakité, Squillaci, Modesto, Marange, Palmieri- Cahuzac, Romaric, Gillet, Boudebouz, Danic – Sio, Kamano, Houri, Tallo, F.Ayité
Nice: Hassen, Pouplin – K.Gomis, S.Diawara, Amavi, Genevois, Boscagli, G.Puel – Albert, Carlos Eduardo, Hult, N.Mendy, Koziello, Eysseric, Bauthéac – Bosetti, Maupay, Plea, Vercauteren