Lille’s lack of stamina led to apathy which was the primary reason for the defeat away at Nice last round (lost 1-0).
If tiredness is understandable for players involved in the attacking phase, there is no explanation for the poor performance of defenders. Namely central defender Kjaer made an awful game, missed interventions, wrong positioning and failed clearances. The goal conceded by Lille came after Kjaer failed to properly man-mark his direct opponent.
Kjaer needs some time on the bench to meditate and most likely he will be given this chance, seeing that central defender Basa should return after injury.
This was the first defeat of the season for Lille and surely they are eager to bounce back on the right track. Roles will be inverted now and Lille will go from being victims (last week) to being the aggressors (this round).
Hosts will miss forward Roux and midfielders Mavuba and Martin. Defender Basa is doubtful at the moment.
Bastia had to play in 10 for an entire half last round so the 0-0 draw is an admirable result, especially considering that opponents Nantes were the ones pulling the strings before the red card.
After they remained in 10 Bastia focused exclusively on defending and closing down all possible spaces. Even so, their play on the flanks was simply terrible. Peybernes and Palmieri are one of the worst fullbacks I’ve seen in quite some time and they both play for Bastia. They can be easily outplayed only by looking in another direction…
Bastia waited a few rounds for captain Cahuzac to be fully fit after injury, but now he will miss again due to suspension.
Lille will start this game very determined and surely offensive players Corchia and Lopes will exploit Bastia’s weakness on the flanks. Lille -1 at 2.07
UPDATE: Central defender Basa is finally fully fit and most probably will go straight into the lineup.
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Corchia, Souaré, Sidibé, Kjaer, Rozehnal, Basa, Soumaoro, Béria – Gueye, Balmont, Delaplace, Rony, Meïté, Traoré – Mendes, Rodelin, Origi, Frey
Bastia: Areola, Leca – D.Diakité, Modesto, Palmieri, Squillaci, Peybernes, Romaric, Marange – Gillet, E-H.Ba, Boudebouz, F.Ayité, Mokulu, Maboulou – Ongenda, Tallo, Pino