Lens disappointed their fans last round in Ligue2. They played about an hour against 10 men but failed to get more than 1 point (2-2 vs Dijon). They held possession, moved the ball around, but failed to create real chances.
In-fact I see the game against Bastia developing in the exact same manner, especially since lately Bastia really love to sit back and defend a minimum lead (1-0 vs Evian in the Cup 2 weeks ago when they simply invited Evian to attack, and 1-0 vs Bordeaux last round when they also concentrated on defending).
Central midfielder Yatabare will miss due to injury, but Romaric should take his place and constitute the 1st line of defense, along with captain Cahuzac.
Modesto should start in central defense, after retuning from injury last round and having played about 20 min.
Bastia’s Coach Hantz punished a couple of important players last round (Palmieri, Khazri and Boudebouz) due to the poor performances against Valenciennes 2 weeks ago. They started only on the bench but now all of them should be in the lineup.
The defense is Bastia’s strongest part, even with keeper Landreau injured, they are definitely able to resist to Lens’ attempts and strike on counters, especially since Lens concedes at least 1 goal per game (1.2 goals per game conceded so far).
Furthermore Lens will miss regular defenders Kantari and Gbamin, both of them suspended.
Wingers Ba, Krasic and striker Cisse will miss for Bastia because of injury, but it shouldn’t be a big deal since Khazri is the actual regular on the left wing and Krasic was mostly on the bench lately, while Cisse played only 1 game for Bastia.
The price of 1.98 for Bastia +0.25 is definitely a must take.