Bastia did their best last week against Bordeaux, but could resist only one half without conceding (Bordeaux won 2-0).
They missed important attacking players Crivelli and Saint Maximine, and barely had enough power to reach opponent’s penalty box. Now both of them will be in the lineup, significantly improving the attacking potential.
In regards to the incidents two rounds ago (Bastia’s fans attacked Lyon’s players), no decision to deduct any points has been made yet, but their stadium is suspended and they will play this game on neutral ground. They picked Fos-sur Mer, a small commune somewhere in South France.
The chances for Bastia to survive in Ligue 1 are slim, but it seems they aren’t willing to give up just yet. Bastia were very determined and combative last week away at Bordeaux, in-spite losing 2-0.
Hosts welcome back forward Crivelli and winger Saint Maximine, but will miss defender El Kaoutari.
The game between St Etienne and Rennes last week was very balanced, and the final result fully reflects the reality in the field (finished 1-1).
We’ve discussed in previous rounds how Rennes are specialists when it comes to draws, and they have a gift for turning results and winning points. However this doesn’t apply when opponents are extremely determined, like it happened 3 rounds ago, when Rennes got completely outplayed away at Nancy, who were heavily threatened by relegation (Nancy won 3-0).
Rennes have absolutely no reason to push beyond limits, and they may find motivation only when playing against top sides, like it will be the case in the final round when they host Monaco.
Rennes will miss defender Gnagnon and winger Amalfitano, while midfielder Chantome was left outside the squad.
Bastia most probably won’t survive in Ligue 1 even if they win this game. But because of the motivational factor it will look like Bastia are playing in 12, even if the game will be played on neutral venue and behind closed doors. BASTIA DNB at 2.29
Bastia: Leca, Thébaux – Cioni, Djiku, Saint-Ruf, Rose, Bengtsson, I.Diallo – Cahuzac, Mostefa, Coulibaly, Danic, S.Diallo, Oniangué, Ngando, Keita – Nangis, Saint Maximin, Crivelli, Raspentino
Rennes: Benoît Costil, Raïs M’Bolhi – Mexer, Afonso Figueiredo, Romain Danzé, Pedro Mendes, Mehdi Zeffane, Ludovic Baal, Ramy Bensebaini – Gelson Fernandes, Benjamin André, Sanjin Prcić, Yoann Gourcuff, Nicolas Janvier – Firmin Mubele, Wesley Saïd, Giovanni Sio, Aldo Kalulu.