These teams met a few days ago in the French Cup in a very balanced game. After 90 minutes the score was 2-2 and eventually Bastia qualified after extra time.
Overall Bastia was the better side, even if they managed to equalize in the final moments of the game.
Both sides missed a couple of important players who should return for this game. Hosts will most probably welcome back offensive players Duhamel and Koita and midfielder Kante. Guests will once again count on the services of defenders Diakite and Squillaci and those of midfielder Boudebouz.
From an offensive point of view Caen’s position in the table (last place) is really unjust, but when we have a look at their defensive potential everything falls into place. When it comes to goals scored Caen sit somewhere in the middle of the table, but they are placed first when it comes to goals conceded…
Lately Bastia have improved both upfront and at the back. The levels of organization have increased considerably since former coach Makelele left the squad.
At Bastia collective efforts are really impressive as players always cover for one another. Confidence increased considerably and all players approach maximum potential and make the best of their skills. Take play-maker Boudebouz for example who was only a pale shadow under coach Makelele and started to shine as soon as interim Printant took over.
We can leave aside the Cup game as it’s not that relevant since both sides missed some exponential players. But even so, form, confidence and organization are definitely on guests’ side who should be able to take advantage of a chaotic defense. Bastia +0.5 at 1.96
UPDATE: Hosts will miss midfielder Lemar who suffered an injury in the Cup game. Guests’ fullback Diakite is in the squad but he is doubtful and his presence in the field is questionable. Winger Mabolou will miss once again through injury. Same bet
Caen: Vercoutre, Perquis – Seube, Appiah, D.Da Silva, Al.Yahia, Saad, Raineau – Adéoti, Saez, N.Kanté, Féret – Bazile, Nangis, Raspentino, Koita, Privat, Duhamel
Bastia: Areola, J-L.Leca – D.Diakité, Djiku, Squillaci, Modesto, Palmieri, Marange, Peybernes – Ab.Keita, Gillet, Cahuzac, Boudebouz – Kamano, F.Koné, Ongenda, Tallo