Lorient vs Bastia
2016/17 French Ligue 1
Date: Saturday, 20 August, 2016
Kick-off: 19:00 UK
Venue: Stade Yves Allainmat – Le Moustoir (Lorient).
Lorient were 16 in the Ligue 1 standings last season and were around the same positions in the previous two seasons. And their display in the opening match away at Caen is just a sign of what to expect from them this season. Benjamin Moukandjo struck twice to send Lorient 2-0 up inside the first 20 minutes, but conceded twice before half time to went on to the break on level terms. Ivan Santini will grab his second to complete Caen’s comeback to earn a 3-2 win and all three points on an eventful evening.
Lorient had stuggled in the pre-season as well after failing to win in any of the 6 friendly games. Also they are left with just 1 win from their last 12 matches across all formats or it can be stretched to 2 wins from the last 18.
Bastia were handed a tough fixture for the opening day of the 2016/17 season. They met defending champions PSG at home and came out with a narrow 1-0 defeat. Their performance at the weekend has been commendable as they managed to keep PSG at bay for majority of the game. They should have found the equalizer in the final minutes, but only to deny the spoils by the safe hands of Kevin Trapp.
Bastia were 10th in the 2015/16 Ligue 1 standings and they were around the edge of the top half in the previous two seasons as well. Their pre-season is nothing spectacular after winning 2 and losing 3 of the 5 friendly games.
Lorient vs Bastia: Head-to-Head Stats
Lorient are on a four match unbeaten run against Bastia with 2 wins and 3 draws.
Each of the two matches of 2015/16 Ligue 1 season ended in draws, 1-1 at Lorient on August 2015 and 0-0 at Bastia on March 2015.
Lorient are unbeaten in 7 home matches against Bastia with 4 wins and 3 draws.
The last four matches between these two sides have seen under 2.5 goals with both teams scoring only once.
Lorient vs Bastia: Prediction
Both teams are on a poor run of form at the moment and are finding it hard to win matches. But Bastia are a side that won just three games from their 19 matches last season.
Lorient’s overall home record in the league last season is nothing special. But they are yet to lose a single games at home against Bastia. They had won 4 and drew 3 out of the 7 games so far. So backing them on a double chance is a good option.
The goals are likely to remain on the lower side and we might see under 2.5 goals.
Lorient vs Bastia: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals.
Double Chance: Lorient/Draw.