Last round Bastia made an impressive first half away at Toulouse (0-0 after 45 minutes with Bastia in control), but everything changed after the break when Bastia made an inexplicable offensive change (Toulouse won 4-0).
Bastia don’t have any kind of motivation for the rest of the season, but regardless of that, at least on home ground they will surely keep on fighting.
Although they failed to score last week, attacking players Kamano and Ayite seemed to be in good form and showed increased playing appetite.
Bastia will have to do without central midfielder Cahuzac who got a red card last week.
St Etienne fully dominated last round against Troyes, but struggled when it came to creating real scoring opportunities (won 1-0). Most of their chances resulted from set pieces, and most passes for forwards were long balls thrown inside the box.
The good news is that St Etienne improved visibly in the defensive phase, and managed to keep a clean sheet in the last 3 rounds.
Guests are still chasing a position in Europe next season, so they will be very determined, and maybe push harder than usual in the next 3 rounds, as they will be up against opponents who are considered accessible.
Winger Bahebeck suffered an injury and is doubtful for this game.
Bastia is one of the most organized sides in the tournament, and relying only on set pieces and long balls won’t be of much help for St Etienne. They need to be more inventive or risk losing important points.
UPDATE: St Etienne will be without attacking players Bahebeck and Soderlund.
Bastia : J-L.Leca, Hansen – Cioni, Jebbour, Djiku, Marange, Peybernes, Modesto, Palmieri, Squillaci – Mostefa, S.Fofana, Danic, Ngando, Maboulou – Brandao, Kamano, F.Ayité
Saint-Etienne : Ruffier, Moulin – Théophile-Catherine, Tabanou, Perrin, F.Pogba, Assou-Ekotto, Malcuit, Bayal Sall – Pajot, Clément, Cohade, Eysseric, Lemoine – Roux, Maupay, Monnet-Paquet, Tannane