Awful display from Bastia last round away at Rennes (lost 3-0). In the entire game they had only 1 shy attempt on target that could have been considered a pass to the keeper.
Star striker Djibril Cisse thinks that only having a name on the international stage is enough for being competitive at Ligue1 level, so as a consequence he watched the game from the bench. His performances since arriving at Bastia are a bitter disappointment.
It can be said that midfielder Boudebouz is in the same category as Cisse, only that his efforts are a bit more visible whenever he enters the field.
Bastia lack both motivation and willpower. This is seen in all departments, even keeper Landreau has bad positioning and moves slowly nowadays.
Captain Cahuzac fulfilled his suspension but won’t be able to play due to an injury. Midfielder Yatabare is also still injured.
Opponents Sochaux made a decent game last round against Marseille (finished 1-1). They controlled the first half, took the lead and concentrated only on preventing Marseille from building actions in the second part.
The level of organization was pretty impressive for a team sitting on a relegation position. Sochaux were solid on their feet and players like Valbuena, Gignac or Payet could barely find their way inside the penalty box. Bastia, who lack determination in this moment, will most likely give up when they’ll encounter such a heavy opposition.
Sochaux’s offensive potential should be increased with winger Contout returning to the squad after sitting out last round.
The chances for Sochaux to avoid relegation are only on paper and players are surely aware of that. But they do have a couple of talented individuals who are surely thinking of landing lucrative contracts with other clubs at the end of the season. They will be the ones making the difference against Bastia. Sochaux +0.25 at 1.94
UPDATE: Guests will welcome back Pouplin, Poujol and Doubai.
Bastia: Landreau, Vincensini – Palmieri, Squillaci, Modesto, D.Diakité, Harek – Romaric, Sablé, Ab.Keita, Boudebouz, Khazri – Raspentino, A.Ba, Maoulida, Bruno, D.Cissé, Ilan
Sochaux: Y.Pelé, Pouplin – Faussurier, Carlão, L.Zouma, Marange, Corchia, Kanté, Sunzu – Prcic, Ilaimaharitra, Contout, Sinkala, Boukari, Roudet, Doubaï, Poujol – J.Ayew, Mayuka