It’s been more than a month since Bastia last won a game and it’s really a shame seeing that at one point Bastia seemed to be constantly evolving.
It is true they had a though schedule and played amongst others with Monaco, PSG and Lyon, but not only the results were disappointing but the actual performances also.
Coach Prinant changed the system again and now Bastia uses a defense in 5, with fullbacks often advancing and participating in the attacking phase. Play-maker Boudebouz seems to be exhausted and started only on the bench last round. He played for about 10 minutes but barely touched the ball. Forward Brandao finally fulfilled his months long suspension and was a starter last round away at Lyon. Most probably a couple of rounds will have to pass until Brandao will find some form.
It is sad to see Reims struggling to score like they did last round against Nice (lost 1-0). Reims have great offensive potential through wingers Moukandjo and Diego but it goes to waste because of forward Charbonnier who often gets in the way and most the times misses even the best of opportunities.
In defense Reims are less than mediocre and have kept only 2 clean sheets in 2015, so basically if they don’t outscore the opponent they end up with no points.
Both sides need all the points they can get in order to stay safe from relegation but it will be hard for Reims to open up an organized side like Bastia who plays with a defense in 5. Most probably Reims will impose the rythm but Bastia will confidently defend and maybe even strike deadly on counters.
UPDATE: Bastia will miss central defender Marange.
Bastia: Areola, Vincensini – D.Diakité, Cioni, Modesto, Squillaci, Palmieri, Peybernes – Gillet, Romaric, Cahuzac, Boudebouz, Danic – F.Ayité, Kamano, Maboulou, Brandao, Sio
Reims: Placide, Agassa – Mandi, Tacalfred, Weber, Roberge, Mfulu, M.Fofana – Bourillon, Peuget, P.Oniangué, Diego, Fortes, Devaux – De Préville, Charbonnier, Moukandjo, Ngog