Clermont Foot - Bastia

My internet connection colapsed 'cause the storm. That's why I didn't post yesterday. Will try to patch it with dial-up, till monday. For today...


Two rounds left in French second league. Clermont holds the 13th position, five points from relegation zone. Tonight, need one point to theoretically avoid relegation. They have three wins from last five games, two consecutive home wins (Reims 1-0 and Sedan Ardennes 3-0). In the last round, they missed the first “match point” against drowning Berrichonne Chateauroux, on the road. Clermont put a solid display against more than motivated hosts, but the result at the end was negative, 0-1. But, the real opportunity missed on previous away game, against mediocre Dijon. “Grab a point” tactic revenged and hosts noticed the second win from 18 games. Anyway, Clermont still has a fate in their own hands. Opponent is more than appropriate, no injuries and suspendings, motivation is high and I can’t see any reason for leaving the status decision for the last round and away game.

Bastia is holding the 11th place. They have seven points more than relegation zone and for them season is already over. Recent shape is not something to be proud on. Just one win from last six games. But, on the road it is a disaster. Five games without a win, three defeats. Last win (and the only in 2009.) they conquered against Amiens, 1-0. But, globally they have just four wins from 18 away games, scoring just 9 (nine) goals! The bill for the bad results, first paid manager, new one have been nominated for the next year. Beside the lack of motivation, and angry manager, Bastia has a lots of problems with injured players. André, Mendy, Ben Zekri, Ghisolfi, Barthélémy are all out and few more is in doubt. Goalie Agostini will make his debut in the first team. I’m not sure I’ve understood correctly (precisely, can’t really believe in it), but I found the info he’s the fifth goalkeeper in the club!!! I haven’t found any reason that gives Bastia a one percent of chance to make a positive result. Except, to keep the net, somehow.

The only thing that calls on caution is level of this league. Clermont shouldn’t have any problem with discouraged and clashed with the injuries, visitors. Motivation level and team quality will make the difference and decide this game. Best odd offers Pinnacle, 2.04. Home win.


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