For a couple of rounds already Bastia are cornered by opponents and even when they get positive results Bastia are dominated and cornered. They can’t keep possession in midfield and rely primarily on actions carried in speed, but the thing is players are very slow and opponents don’t have many difficulties in stopping them.
Fullback / winger Palmieri seems to be the fastest and most important player for the attacking phase as everyone else is predictable in movements.
Bastia will have to do without wingers Kamano (suspended) and Ayite (injured)
Toulouse were pretty unlucky last round as they got equalized by Marseille in the dying seconds of the game (finished 1-1). Besides the two points Toulouse also lost defenders Yago and Moubandje who will be suspended this game.
Coach Arribage may have to do some improvising, especially if fullback Somalia doesn’t recover from injury. But this shouldn’t be a major concern since many players are versatile and can play on more positions.
Last two rounds Toulouse played against powerful opponents and still managed to get good results, and the performances in the field were also pretty decent (draws against Bordeaux and Marseille).
Toulouse’s attacking potential will be boosted this week as they welcome back attacking midfielder Trejo after suspension.
Lately these teams seem to be at opposite ends. While Toulouse constantly improve Bastia aren’t even searching for solutions to their problems. Toulouse still have the upper hand here regardless their absences. Toulouse DNB at 1.89
UPDATE: The discipline commission decided to give Toulouse’s midfielder Trejo 3 games suspension so he will once again sit out. Same bet
Bastia: Hansen, J.-L.Leca – Palmieri, Modesto, Squillaci, Marange, Peybernes, Cioni – Mostefa, L.Coulibaly, Cahuzac, S.Fofana, Danic, Houri, S.Diallo – F.Ayité, Raspentino, Maboulou, Brandao
Toulouse: Ahamada, Goicoechea – Kana-Biyik, Spajic, Tisserand, Spano, Larabi, Amian Adou – Akpa-Akpro, Blin, Bodiger, E.Didot, T.Doumbia, Regattin, Cafaro – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic Ben Ali