By Eskender Tamrat
When: 2:00PM EST, Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Where: Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux (sponsorship: Matmut Atlantique), Bordeaux, France
Betting Line: OFF
TV Coverage: beIN Sports
After the ill-fated fixture against Olympique Lyonnais (17-3-12) abandoned in half-time, SC Bastia (6-10-16) will play away at the in-form FC Girondins de Bordeaux (14-10-9). Bastia showed improvement with a hard-fought win at fellow relegation zone side Dijon FCO (6-11-16), but the incidents against Lyon only put the club in further troubles.
Meanwhile, Bordeaux consolidated their fifth-placed position with a narrow win at FC Nantes (11-9-13). The sides met at the end of November, as the match recorded a fifth draw between the teams in the last six fixtures. Florian Marange became one of the eight Bastia players to see a red card this term after Thievy Bifouma and Gaëtan Laborde scored the goals for the sides.
Florian Marange and Lindsay Rose are doubtful to make the trip to Bordeaux. The home team could be without experienced fullback Diego Contento, who still could play for either Italy or Germany national teams.
For the second time in 2017, Bastia fans left a bad impression on the overall picture of Ligue 1 last weekend. Months after the racial abuse towards Mario Balotelli made the rounds, a number of Bastia fans – and a steward – involved in a huge brawl to attack Lyon players on last Sunday. Although they are only three points behind the safe zone – with the game against Lyon still awaits a decision, lest we forget – things don't look good for Bastia's survival bid.
The club, who never spend a week in the automatic relegation places until the end of January, will surely be affected by LFP's incoming decision, despite Bastia officials pointing fingers at Lyon's influential president Jean-Michel Aulas for ruling against abandoning the fixture after the unsettling scenes before kick-off. To their part, Bastia dished out some measures in a statement released on Tuesday, including the closure of Bastia's infamous East Stand until further notice.
While Bastia's reputation was put to the test, Bordeaux grinds out a crucial win at Nantes, courtesy of a solitary strike from Younousse Sankharé. Bordeaux will have a chance to separate themselves from Saint-Étienne (11-12-9) and Olympique de Marseille (14-9-10) before locking horns with the two clubs in the battle for Europa League berth.
They also have a good record at home in 2017, with Paris Saint-Germain (24-5-4) the only team to return from Bordeaux with all three points. They scored eleven goals (while only conceding one) in their last three wins at Matmut Atlantique stadium.
1. Like the behavior of their fans, Bastia players have been by far the worst in Ligue 1's fair play table. 13 red cards dished out for Bastia this term, while the second on the list (FC Metz) only received 7.
2. But Bastia are only 12th in the league with committed fouls. They are even third in most fouls suffered department this season.
3. Bastia last won at Bordeaux in 2003, with a midfielder by the name of Michael Essien opened the scoring in a 2-0 win. Current Bordeaux coach Jocelyn Gourvennec also played alongside the future Ghanaian superstar in the last 15 minutes for Bastia.
Bordeaux are in a good form coming into this fixture, and it will be played in front of their mannered fans. The tough week for Bastia could further lead them to collapse in the crucial last weeks of the season.
Bordeaux 3, Bastia 0
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