Although they haven’t scored Lille looked a bit better last round than in previous weeks (0-0 away at Nice). Players were more confident and precise in passes and the actions were evenly distributed on all area of the field.
Attacking midfielder Boufal was no longer the only one doing the offensive phase and even central midfielders Obaddi and Balmont seemed preoccupied by the attacking aspect of the game.
Coach Renard may have to improvise something in defense since Basa is still injured and now Civelli will miss as well through suspension. However that shouldn’t be any reason to worry since Lille’s midfielders are always in alert and eager to provide support.
After four consecutive defeats Bastia were full of energy last week against Caen (won 1-0). It was really surprising to see Bastia so active and determined, especially since in the last two months they have been one of the most apathetic sides in Ligue1.
Don’t get the wrong idea, it is not like there was only Bastia on the field, it was just a pleasant surprise to see them perform at Ligue1 standards for once.
Playing on home ground after so many defeats might have had that effect on them, but there is no guarantee Bastia can keep up the same rythm in away games.
With defender Civelli suspended and Bastia back on the right track a bet on Lille may seem dangerous. But a single game on home ground is no proof of change and surely not a reason for Bastia to improve their disastrous away from home record (only 1 point so far and no goal scored in the last 3 rounds)> Lille -0.75 at 1.95
UPDATE: Bastia welcome back forward Brandao
Lille : Enyeama, Maignan – Corchia, D.Sidibé, Basa, Pavard, Sunzu, Soumaoro – Mavuba, Balmont, Obbadi, Mar.Martin, Boufal, Bauthéac, Yeboah – J.Tallo, Guirassy, Nangis, Mothiba
Bastia: J.-L. Leca, Hansen – Squillaci, Modesto, Peybernes, Cioni, Is.Diallo – Mostefa, S.Fofana, Cahuzac, Palmieri, Danic, S. Diallo, L. Coulibaly, Houri – Raspentino, Ayité, Brandao