Troyes are yet to win in Ligue1 this season so draws are cerebrated like victories. They were a bit lucky to get a point from Reims last week (finished 1-1), considering that opponents mildly controlled the game and had the best of chances.
Troyes have a new coach, Olivier Tingry who took over from Jean Furlan. Tingry has been coaching keepers at Troyes since around 2009, but doesn’t have any kind of experience when it comes to field players. Troyes don’t have any talents that can make the difference, so at least in the coaching position they should appoint someone with enough experience to help them survive in Ligue1.
Hosts will welcome back attacking midfielder Darbion after suspension. On the other hand central defender Martial suffered an injury and is doubtful.
Bastia started last round in force and it looked like they could easily get at least a point. But slowly Bastia got tired, faded, and opponents easily took over the game (Monaco won 2-1).
In-spite that defeat Bastia look pretty decent, and are definitely able to hold ground against a side without many resources and individual talents. They can be very compact in the defensive phase, and if opponents don’t have a fast paced game Bastia may seem impenetrable.
Guests will once again miss midfielder Diallo.
Troyes’ change of coach had no real impact on their playing style until now, and given the lack of experience of coach Tingry nobody should expect any change, at least not for the better… Bastia will be happy to sit back and focus on counters against a side that is getting desperate by the round. Bastia +0.25 at 1.92
UPDATE: Hosts’ defender Martial is available after injury but the Discipline Commission decideed Darbion will be suspended for another round. Bastia will have to do without midfielders Danic, Cahuzac (suspended) and Diallo (injured).
Troyes: Bernardoni, Petric – M.Dabo, Martins Pereira, Ngcongca, Saunier, J.Martial, Veskovac – T.Ayasse, Camus, Court, Ben Saada, L.Karaboué, Nivet, Pi, Thiago, Cabot – Jean, Perea
Bastia: J.-L.Leca, Vincensini – Cioni, Palmieri, Marange, Modesto, Jebbour, Peybernes, Squillaci – Ngando, S.Fofana, Mostefa, Houri, L.Coulibaly – Raspentino, Ayité, Brandao, J.Romain