It finally happened, Lille were brought back on Earth last round after being defeated away at Bordeaux (lost 1-0).
Lille were not bad, but had to play against a very organized team that defended in numbers, especially after receiving a red card. Lille are not exactly experts when it comes to building actions. They can be too slow sometimes and against 10 players concentrated in a small area there’s not much they can do.
Lille will most probably be without striker Roux who is very doubtful. But there are plenty of options available. The one most appealing is to push Kalou upfront and start with both play-makers Martin and Rodelin in order to increase creativity, something Lille really needs.
Starting with either Rodelin or Martin and substituting him around min 60 only leads to a decrease in form and confidence, something coach Girard should know…
In-spite conceding after keeping a clean sheet so many rounds, Lille still have one of the strongest defenses in Ligue1 and of the most in-form keepers Enyeama.
Last round it was the 1st time this season when Bastia lost at home. It was bound to happen, especially when lately they took the foot off the gas. It all started 2 rounds ago against Ajaccio when Bastia look exhausted and couldn’t hold the lead against 10 mediocre players.
Until the winter break Bastia will be just a bunch of zombies. And that’s not all. They have severe problems ahead of this game. Both central midfielders Cahuzac (team captain) and Romaric are suspended. Their absence will be a disaster for the defense.
Besides the 2 suspensions Bastia have no less than 4 doubtful player: Bruno, Boudebouz, Cioni and Landreau. All of them are important (well maybe except Bruno) and all of them missed Friday’s training. Even if they will eventually play, the absences of the defensive midfielders are enough to bury Bastia.
Lille should win this game without much stress. Furthermore this is not going to be just a 1-0 win (Lille’s favorite) as all the ingredients of a trashing are present.
Lille -1 at the odds of 1.76 is an excellent bet.