Bastia vs PSG by Lucien
Bastia suffered defeat in the previous Ligue 1 round away to Montpellier 3:1, but the game was much more balanced than what the final result is showing. The Corsicans started off very determined to make something out of the game and took the lead first, ending the first halftime with a 1:0 lead.
However, two penalties in favor of Montpellier within four minutes turned the situation upside down, while the third goal from hosts in the last minute of the match only sealed their prevalence. Coach admitted that his players had their mind set to this finals and that that was the reason why his players somehow gave the points too cheaply this time. For this game, he said that there is no doubt that the Parisians are much more superior side, adding that it doesn't mean his team isn't set to make a history, as Bastia never have won the League Cup. Atmosphere inside the locker room is great at the moment and they really do believe they can make this game much more interesting. After eight months of recovery, Brazilian striker Brandao is included into mission, while the team will have striker Djibril Cisse in their team, as well as important central defender Sebastien Squillaci (24/0) who should recover on time.
PSG, on the other side, didn't have much problems on Wednesday evening when the team defeated St Etienne 4:1 in a match of French Cup. They preceded from a penalty spot, but got equalized at the middle of the first halftime, just to show much improved performance in the second half, scoring three more goals and reaching more than clean and comfortable progress to the grand finale.
St Etienne was simply powerless to react in any way and the game itself, was the best possible introduction for tonight's finals against Bastia. The team is doing more than well this season, as they currently hold the first position in the league, are in the quarterfinals of Champions League, just have entered the finals of the Cup and now are about to claim the League Cup title in case they beat Bastia. In last seven matches in all competitions they have scored twenty goals, showing that efficiency is at the highest possible level. Cavani (28/8) is set to return to the playing field for this one, same as important midfielder Lucas (24/7), while defender David Luiz (23/2) won't play due injury, same as midfielder Thiago Motta (23/0). Two significant absences, but still covered easily in their rich roster.
Bastia would surely like to play this one a bit more defensively, but they know that they can't stop Ibrahimovic and his company, so the team will have to attack as well, sooner or later. Eventually, the game simply has to get open and I believe current odds are worth a shot.