Montpellier may have deserved more last round away at Evian but they got punished in the final minutes for not being efficient (lost 1-0).
Hosts are very inconsistent and they go from one extreme to the other. In one game they manage to easily convert all their major opportunities and in the next encounter forwards act like amateurs and continuously miss the target.
Hosts have a couple of talented players in all departments and when they have a good day there’s simply nothing stopping Montpellier. Unfortunately good days come and go, and this explains more or less the alternating results.
Montpellier will welcome back fullback Deplagne after suspension.
Balanced game between Bastia and Guingamp last round (finished 0-0) and even with play-maker Boudebouz on the sidelines Bastia still created a couple of important scoring opportunities.
Coach Prinant changed the system a bit as he started without a real striker and instead placed 3 offensive midfielders in the first line of attack. Bastia were forced to have such an approach since forward Tallo was injured and Sio suspended. Now things should go back to normal as Sio will return from suspension.
Guests will also welcome back play-maker Boudebouz after injury and fullback Diakite from suspension who will definitely increase the overall strength.
Bastia have one of the best levels of organization in Ligue1 and when opponents aren’t consistent in efforts it’s almost impossible to put Bastia in difficulty. This game won’t be so easy as the odds suggest.
UPDATE: Good news for Montpellier as they will welcome back a couple of players: fullback Tiene, and midfielders Marveaux, Deplagne and Martin (important).
Montpellier: Jourdren, Ligali – Congré, Hilton, Tiéné, El Kaoutari, Deplagne – B.Dabo, Lasne, Sanson, J.Marveaux, Saihi, J.Martin – Mounier, Bérigaud, Barrios, So.Camara, Bakar
Bastia: Areola, J-L.Leca – D.Diakité, Cioni, Modesto, Marange, Palmieri, Peybernes – Gillet, Romaric, Cahuzac, Boudebouz, F.Ayité, Houri, Danic – Kamano, Maboulou, Sio