Even if they lost Nantes made a decent game last week away at Monaco (lost 1-0). They kept opponents far from the penalty box for as long as possible, and also managed to corner them a couple of times. Taking in consideration they also missed a couple of players, it was really a good performance from Nantes.
Coach Der Zakarian once again made a few changes, but this time he was forced by circumstances. Important midfielder Thomasson suffered an injury right before the game and had to sit out (he is doubtful for this game as well).
This round there will also be a couple of changes since defensive players Vizcarrondo, Deaux and Gomis will return from suspension and winger Audel from injury. On the other hand defensive midfielder Birama Toure will most likely sit out due to injury.
The table doesn’t always reflect the realities in the field and Bastia is living proof of that. They are playing the worst football in the tournament but are still above Troyes and Toulouse who have clearly increased effort recently, unlike Bastia.
By some divine intervention striker Brandao scored his 2nd goal of the season last round. It didn’t do any good as Bastia lost the game after being dominated for 90 minutes by regional rivals Gazelec Ajaccio.
At the moment Bastia are just too soft, they lack confidence, resources and they may even lack the will to succeed.
Winger Danic once again suffered an injury and may sit out.
There is no doubt Nantes are eager to get back on the right track, and playing against Bastia can prove to be the perfect opportunity. One way traffic should be expected. Nantes -0.5 at 1.91
UPDATE: Nantes will have to do without winger Audel
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – Cana, Djidji, Dubois, Moimbé, Sabaly, Vizcarrondo – Adryan, Bedoya, Deaux, Iloki, Lenjani, A.Touré – Bammou, Sala, Sigthorsson, Mlaab
Bastia: J.-L.Leca, Hansen – Cioni, Palmieri, Marange, Modesto, Jebbour, Peybernes – Ngando, S.Fofana, Mostefa, Cahuzac, Danic, Houri – Raspentino, Ayité, Brandao