France Ligue 1 – St Etienne v Bastia Preview (18/9/16)

asse-scbSt Etienne preview

  • Unbeaten in three games and boosted by an unlikely point away against PSG last week.
  • Played in the Europa League away against Mainz on Thursday.
  • St Etienne are however used to dealing with European matches in recent years and often have very little drop off in performance.
  • Squad in good condition with their only problem area at left back where both Polomat & M’Bengue are injured.

Bastia preview

  • Won two and lost two games so far as Bastia remain inconsistent.
  • Squad in relatively good health with only long term injuries ruled out, along with right back Djiku.
  • Usually operate very defensively away from home.
  • Not known for their strength on the road and have historically struggled at this stadium.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • I don’t see this being much of a classic. One team will try to attack and the other will just try and defend.
  • It might take St Etienne a while to break down Bastia, but ultimately I think they’ll have enough to take them down.
  • Something like a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline is the most likely, Bastia probably won’t threaten much.
  • Sainte are on a -0.75 handicap, which offers little appeal facing a side that could be hard to break down.
  • The match just doesn’t interest me from a betting perspective.

Prediction: 1-0

Recommended bet: None