Ligue 1 Match Previews: Match Week 32 (Part 2)

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Updated: April 1, 2014
Bastia

Bastia vs. Sochaux

Match Date: 05 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Armand-Cesari-Furiani

(Featured image: Bastia | Source: UEFA)

 

Bastia and Sochaux will enter the French top-tier football’s 32nd week with plenty of players on the benches. Gilles Cioni, Sambou Yatabaré, Yannick Cahuzac, Toifilou Maoulida, and Jean-Louis Leca all succumbed to injury and will not able to help Bastia strive for three points in the club’s next battles. Sochaux, meanwhile, will have to commence the match without the presence of Jérôme Roussillon, Cédric Bakambu, Joseph Lopy, and Thomas Guerbert who are also sidelined due to health or disciplinary issues. In this meeting where both of the sides have major player deficits, a thriller might be very hard to achieve.

 

These sides are currently ranked in the table’s top half and the relegation zone. Bastia have so far earned 40 points to enable them to seize a top 10 placement while Sochaux, with only six victories under their belt, are still struggling to get out of the bottom three. But while the squads are several spots and points apart, neither of them can be considered dominant. Form-wise, they are both fighting hard to topple inconsistency as their past five matches have so far been a roller coaster ride.

 

Online betting tip: Bastia and Sochaux will share the points.

 

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Bordeaux vs. Stade Rennes

Match Date: 05 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas

 

They may have posted an unbeaten run for the last three weeks but Bordeaux’s performances have so far been less than satisfying. Those tourneys all ended up in draws, with the last one being particularly frustrating as it did not give them any goal at all. As a result, Les Girondins are still with a remote chance of securing a Europa League berth although ranking in the top nine is not bad either.

 

Rennes had their last three matches more motivating than did Francis Gillot’s men. All resulting in clean sheets and with six goals (total) delivered, Les Rouges et Noirs have all reasons to celebrate. The streak marks the very first time this season that the side earned successes for three consecutive weeks, especially considering that they went head to head against top half contenders Marseille 0-1, Lille 2-0, and Bastia 3-0. They have now earned 37 points in total and have successfully turned around their uninspiring goal difference from last week.

 

Football betting tip: Bordeaux and Rennes are slated to hold each other in a draw.