SC Bastia vs. OGC Nizza / Ligue 1 – The first match in the 21st round of the French Ligue 1 brings us two teams that are on opposite sides of the table, and so the host Bastia currently occupies only 17th place and has as many as 25 points less than the second Nice. Otherwise, both teams are currently in the crisis and this match is an ideal opportunity to slightly improve the impression, while we should also add that their duel in Nice in the first part of the season, ended with the division points – 1-1. Begins: 20.01.2017. – 20:45 CET
This is why the hosts now believe that they could create some problems to the favoured guests, especially since they now have some problems, while on the other hand, Bastia urgently needs a good result to restore their lost confidence. In fact, they were in the last two rounds defeated at home by Marseille and away by Nancy, while they were between these two duels eliminated from the French Cup after the debacle of up to 7-0 away against the reigning champion PSG.
Of course this defeat has largely affected the decision by the board of the club to give a free hand to center-back Peybernes and striker Bifouma, while at the same time they brought as reinforcements defender Rose from Lorient and midfielder Oniangue from Wolverhampton. These two players will probably get a chance in the match with Nice, because coach Ciccolini already has enough problems with absences. So, defenders El Kaoutari, Squillaci and midfielder Marange and Boulay are all absent due to injuries, while striker Saint-Maximin is suspended, and midfielder Coulibaly is at the African Cup of Nations.
Probable lineups SC Bastia: Leca – Cioni, Djiku, Rose, Bengtsson – Cahuzac, Mostefa – Diallo, Oniangue, Danic – Crivelli
As for the guests from Côte d'Azur, they were until the last round the leaders of Ligue 1, but after a home draw with the last ranked Metz, they have left this place to the team of Monaco, except that they still have the same number of points. Otherwise, this was the second championship match in a row that Nice played with 0-0, since they have previously done the same thing away with Bordeaux, where strikers Balotelli and Belhanda got red cards in the finish of the match, due to unsportsmanlike behaviour.
Their absence very much felt in the match with Metz, since Plea was virtually alone in attack, but they should now return and therefore we certainly expect much more offensive game from Nice. We should also add this team between these two championship matches, was eliminated from the French Cup after the away defeat by Lorient, so we can safely say that they are in a small crisis. As for absences due to injuries, those are goalkeepers Cardinale and Hassen, defender Lloris, midfielder Eysseric and striker Le Bihan, while midfielder Seri is at the African Cup of Nations.
Probable lineups OGC Nizza: Benitez – Baysse, Dante, Sarr – Pereira, Cyprien, Koziello, Dalbert – Plea, Balotelli, Belhanda
SC Bastia vs. OGC Nizza PICK
After two consecutive goalless draws and elimination from the French Cup, former leaders of Ligue 1 are now certainly expected to return to their winning habits in this match, especially since the host Bastia has big problems with absences.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 Nice
Odds: 1.64 at betvictor (down to 1.60 can be played)