Evian once again got a lucky point last week away at Lorient (finished 1-1). Evian were cornered for most of the game and the few attempts they had were shy to say the least.
It may have been the first time this season when fullback / winger Wass was moved in center and was given the tasks of a play-maker. He failed miserably and this is why opponents disconsidered Wass and left him alone, unmarked, in the penalty box, and he managed to score the equalizer.
Defensively Evian looked a bit better, with 6 players constantly involved in the defensive phase. In-spite of that they could still be surprised by fast paced actions and through balls. The only problem is opponents Bastia aren’t capable of such things…
Just like Evian, Bastia also got a lucky point last week against Sochaux (2-2 draw). Bastia were under complete domination, especially in first part of the game when they could barely reach opponents’ half, and keep in mind Bastia played on home ground. After the break Bastia were a bit more courageous, but most their actions implied long balls served from the flanks.
Creativity is at minimum levels at Bastia, just like determination. Striker Cisse started the game on the bench (like it often happens lately), entered in 2nd half, had a mediocre performance but scored an amazing volley. He celebrated like he invented a cure for cancer or something. After that he went back to mediocrity.
Defenders were all over the place and it’s a miracle Bastia conceded only twice.
Evian were very fortunate in many of their games so far. Judging by last round it seems their luck didn’t run out. Although their performances are nothing impressive, Evian certainly produce a better football than Bastia and are more determined when entering the field. Evian to win at 1.90
UPDATE: Evian welcome back forward Sougou who was injured for a few rounds.
Evian: Hansen, Laquait – Abdallah, Mongongu, Cambon, A.Angoula, Jon.Mensah, Sabaly – Sorlin, Tié Bi, D.Koné, Benezet, Barbosa, Wass, Bertoglio – Bérigaud, Ruben, Nsikulu, Sougou
Bastia: Landreau, J-L.Leca – Palmieri, Djiku, Achilli, Modesto, D.Diakité – Romaric, Sablé, Cahuzac, Ab.Keita, Boudebouz, Khazri – Raspentino, Maoulida, Bruno, D.Cissé, Ilan