Nice vs Bastia by Isaiah
Nice is getting better and continuously improving as time passes. To the league they are undefeated to five most recent games, while they drew for of them. To their last game they drew away to Lorient, receiving the equalizer near the end of the game, but the result is considered fair, as Lorient had a very good game, although they played with ten men from 66th minute.
They appeared serious also for the Cup midweek, and deployed a strong lineup with no resting players away to Brest, where they won easily with the score of 2-4. Main midfielder Mahamane Traore is out penalized, while all other absents are the same with last week (defender Diacko Fofana, midfielder Kevin Diaz and striker Xavier Pentecote.
Their lineup will be unchanged, will play with their classic 4-4-2, with Cvitanich in front and Meriem behind him. Squad: Ospina, Delle - Civelli, Genevois, K.Gomis, Kolodziejczak, Palun, Pejcinovic - Abriel, Digard, Eysseric, Meriem - Bahoken, Bauthéac, Bosetti, Cvitanich, Pied.
Bastia had a good midweek game for the Cup, where they destroyed third division side Metz, but of course this is not a criterion to judge them for their awful result to French Championnat. The difference in quality against Metz was obvious, but anyway at least they interrupted the negative streak in the league, where they count four defeats in a row.
In the most recent league game, they surrendered unconditionally to PSG, where PSG won very easy scoring four goals, and Bastia showed lot of defensive weaknesses for one more game. They have the worst defense in the league, already received 16 goals.
Brazilian striker Ilan stayed out of the squad as he is behind in terms of fitness, while long term unavailable is striker Yassin El Azzouzi. Their attacking line will be based again on Anthony Modeste and Toifilou Maoulida. Squad: Novaes, Agostini - Palmieri, Angoula, Marchal, Sans, Harek, Choplin - Khazri, Thauvin, Cahuzac, Rothen, Yatabaré, Vincent - Maoulida, Modeste, Barbato.
All in all, Nice started playing good, especially in attack with Cvitanich in great form, while Bastia has no other option than to attack. I can't trust both teams to keep a clean sheet, so i believe that both teams will score there to an open game.
Bet: Both teams to score @1.83 with Bet365