Although Lyon struggled last round against an opponent in 10 there was a clear improvement in their play (finished 1-1 against Marseille). The great news is that forward Lacazette showed increased playing appetite and even scored his first goal of the season. The goal itself is not really relevant as it came from penalty and the most important thing is that Lacazette was extremely active and managed to trick everyone, from opponents to the referee who easily awarded a penalty for Lyon.
The midfield also looks better now as we could see a couple of interesting through balls coming from Valbuena, Tolisso and even from newly arrived Sergi Darder who played his first game for Lyon last round.
Fullback Bedimo was forced out because of an injury last week and most probably will sit out.
Surprisingly poor display from Bastia last week on home ground against Nice (lost 3-1). With one or two exceptions all players disappointed as they performed at a Ligue2 level.
Forward Brandao moved in slow motion and was easily dispossessed by opponents, winger Ayite couldn’t make a decent pass if his life depended on it, and midfielders Cahuzac and Fofana were nowhere to be found when defenders needed help.
Bastia will welcome back defenders Djiku and winger Kamano after they were suspended last week.
Lyon still aren’t making the best of their skills but the recent improvement is definitely enough to easily get all points against a side that already seems worn out. Lyon -1 at 1.95
UPDATE: A couple of important absences for Lyon as they will have to do without Valbuena, Bedimo and Yanga Mbiwa. No surprise to see that Bastia’s forward Brandao was left outside the squad. Same bet.
Lyon: Lopes, Gorgelin – Morel, Umtiti, Rose, Bisevac, Jallet – Tolisso, Fekir, Darder, Mvuemba, Gonalons, Kalulu, Malbranque – Labidi, Lacazette, Beauvue, Cornet
Bastia: Hansen, J.-L.Leca – Palmieri, Modesto, Squillaci, Marange, Cioni, Djiku – Mostefa, L.Coulibaly, Cahuzac, S.Fofana, Danic, S.Diallo – F.Ayité, Raspentino, Maboulou, Kamano