Bastia vs Lille by Lucien
Bastia had all the chances to walk away with something against Metz two weeks ago before the international break, but the team suffered narrow 1:0 defeat with the only goal being scored as an own, back in 47th minute of the match by their defender Cioni. The match itself wasn't very interesting and neither of the teams risked a lot.
However, it needs to be said that the players of Metz were just a bit more concrete and surely where the ones who deserved a bit more ouf of the clash. With this defeat, Bastia remained their terrible record on the road having just seven points earned away from home, knowing that they need to improve as travelers, but also knowing that their best chances stand with home matches. Bastia remains three points below safely placed Dijon and needs a victory here.
Offensive player Gael Danic (23/3) is suspended now, same as right defender Alexander Djiku (14/1), central back Nicolas Saint-Ruf (3/0) and forward Lenny Nangis (24/0). Forward Enzo Crivelli (17/7), offensive Sadio Diallo (24/3) and central defender Sebastien Squillaci (10/0) are injured.
Lille, on the other side, is looking better in previous weeks, as the team now comes from three matches without a defeat, but also progress in the Coupe de France competition earlier previous month (as they reached the quarter-finals stage and have some chance of fighting for the European exit).
In the most recent game, the team comes from a goalless draw in front of own fans against Marseill two weeks ago, in a relatively interesting match where the visitors from Marseille had a bit more of the ball possession and more concrete chances created, however without much of real effort in front of any of the goals. Lille is now at fourteenth position with six points more than relegating worried Nancy.
They will miss central defender Marko Basa (20/1) remains injured with an ankle injury, similar to Hamza Mendyl (1/0) and forward Martin Terrier (9/0) who remain injured.
Bastia have nothing to wait for and needs to attack here since the team already is in a difficult position in the relegation battle. Lille remains improved side and with decent quality in attack, so I will be really surprised to see one of the teams not scoring here. In my eyes, chances are well above 50% and the odds remain valuable.