19:45 GMT 20 January 2017
The SC Bastia vs. OGC Nice match will be played on Friday, January 20, at the Le Stade Armand Cesari, Bastia. This is matchday 21 in the 2016/17 Ligue Un season. SC Bastia currently sit in 17th place in the table, outside of the relegation zone on goal difference while OGC Nice are second with 45 points, on goal difference behind AS Monaco.
Bastia have won just 2 of their last 14 games.
In 18 of Nice’s last 22 Ligue Un away games, there have been under 2.5 goals.
Bastia average under 1.5 goals each home game.
Nice are unbeaten in their last 8 Ligue Un matches.
In their last ten games played in all competitions, Bastia has won 4 games, Nice 4 with 2 drawn. The two sides met in Nice twice in 2016 and on both occasions, under 2.5 goals were scored.
Head to head matches: SC Bastia - OGC Nice
|26.02.2016||Ligu||OGC Nice||SC Bastia||0:2|
|19.09.2015||Ligu||SC Bastia||OGC Nice||1:3|
Latest matches: SC Bastia
|14.01.2017||Ligu||AS Nancy||SC Bastia||1:0||L|
|07.01.2017||Coup||Paris St Germain||SC Bastia||7:0||L|
|21.12.2016||Ligu||SC Bastia||Olympique Marseille||1:2||L|
|17.12.2016||Ligu||Stade Rennes||SC Bastia||1:2||W|
|10.12.2016||Ligu||SC Bastia||FC Metz||2:0||W|
Latest matches: OGC Nice
|15.01.2017||Ligu||OGC Nice||FC Metz||0:0||D|
|08.01.2017||Coup||FC Lorient||OGC Nice||2:1||L|
|21.12.2016||Ligu||FC Girondins Bordeaux||OGC Nice||0:0||D|
|18.12.2016||Ligu||OGC Nice||Dijon FCO||2:1||W|
|14.12.2016||Coup||FC Girondins Bordeaux||OGC Nice||3:2||L|
Bastia are in desperate straits. They have won once at home since October and following the winter break, have lost to PSG (0:7) and Nancy (0:1).
Those results made it four defeats on the trot with just two goals scored. A lack of goals is damaging their hopes as much as a leaky defence. Enzo Crivelli is their leading goalscorer with 6 goals, and scored 4 in his last 9 games.
Sebastian Squillaci and El Kaoutari both miss the game through injury while Lassan Coulibaly is absent, playing for Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations.
They have signed midfielder Prince Oniangue from Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season and are hopeful Celtic defence Efe Ambrose will also join before the weekend.
With 10 goals in 14 games, Mario Balotelli has scored more this season than he had in his last 51 games for Liverpool and Milan. He is a key reason for the club’s success this season. He and Alassane Plea struck up a good understanding which saw Les Aiglons climb to the top of the table.
Second after last weekend’s draw with Metz, Nice need to rediscover their winning form before the meet current leaders Monaco in two weeks’ time. Balotelli returns after his two-match ban but Cardinale, Hassen, Lloris, Walter, Belhanda, Eysseric, and Le Bihan all miss the game through injury. Jean Seri is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Both sides need the win and surprisingly, Bastia has a good record against Nice and a win would set them up nicely for next weekend’s relegation six-pointer against Caen in Corsica.
Nice on the other hand, must take three points to keep pace with Monaco. Two poor results either side of the winter break put them on the back foot and allowed their rivals to catch them up. It’s a match they can’t afford to lose.
However, the return of Balotelli should sway this match in Nice’s favour. The Italian’s frustration boiled over in Bordeaux but now he may feel he owes his team some goals to make up for the dropped points in his absence.
If Bastia can push through the signing of Ambrose, it might make things harder for the visitors but it’s difficult to see anything other than a Nice win, by two goals.
20 January 2017 - 19:45 GMT
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