Although they lost 2-0 Bastia made a decent game last week away at Monaco. They created a few dangerous chances, but in the end couldn’t keep up with the rythm imposed by Monaco.
In recent rounds Bastia couldn’t perform at full strength because they had to deal with around 4 suspended players per round. Now most players will return to the lineup after fulfilling their suspension. Winger Ayite, midfielder Cahuzac and defender Cioni will return after suspension.
This will be a major boost for Bastia, both when it comes to resources in the field and confidence as well.
The only one still missing will be midfielder Fofana.
Troyes were a bit unlucky to lose at such a big difference last week away at Guingamp (finished 4-0). But the truth is Troyes are way under the level needed for surviving in Ligue1.
Players work very had in every game, but unfortunately it’s not enough. There has to be a mixture of efforts and skills, and unfortunately Troyes seem to lack the latter.
Defenders can be easily outplayed with simple line changes or through balls, and attacking players lack the killer instinct.
It’s been a while since Bastia were able to perform at full potential. They should be bursting with energy and enthusiasm this round and easily corner an inferior opponent. BASTIA -0.75 at 2.10
UPDATE: Bastia’s striker Brandao is in the squad, but according to reports he is not fully fit and may not feature.
Bastia: Hansen, Leca – Palmieri, Peybernes, Modesto, Squillaci, Cioni, L.Coulibaly – Ab.Keita, Mostefa, Cahuzac, Fofana, Danic, Ngando – Kamano, S.Diallo, Brandao, F.Ayité, Raspentino
Troyes: Dreyer, Grandel – Confais, L.Karaboué, J.Martial, Mavinga, Ngcongca, Veskovac – Azamoum, Ben Saada, Camus, Court, Darbion, Nivet, Pi, Thiago – Jean, Perea