May 18, 2013
AS Nancy Lorraine v Bastia: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|AS Nancy Lorraine||Bastia|
|Goals for *||0.9||1.1|
|Goals against *||1.4||2.1|
|Last 5 home||L-L-W-W-W||D-W-D-L-W|
|Last 5 away||W-L-D-D-W||W-L-L-W-L|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: AS Nancy Lorraine | Bastia|
Nancy president Jacques Rousselot gave an optimistic assessment of his side's survival prospects ahead of tomorrow's key encounter with Bastia at Stade Marcel Picot.
With two games of the Ligue 1 season remaining, Nancy find themselves in the bottom three but still with every chance of preserving their top-flight status - a prospect that seemed unthinkable after winning just twice in their opening 25 league matches.
Despite being cut adrift at the foot of the standings for much of the season, a run of 17 points from a possible 24 recently had breathed new life into their fight.
However, Nancy dropped back into relegation trouble after a 3-0 loss to Lyon was followed by a 3-2 defeat at Bordeaux last weekend, but Rousselot has nevertheless backed his side to come good against a Bastia side already safe from the drop.
"We are still in the race to stay up - this is a good news and a real achievement two games from the finish line,'' Rousselot told a press conference.
"Who could have predicted at the beginning of 2013 that ASNL would still be in the hunt to stay in Ligue 1 ahead of the last game of the season at Marcel Picot?''
Rousselot reserved praise for coach Patrick Gabriel, who replaced Jean Fernandez at the helm in January and has since presided over the club's steady improvement.
"This miracle is not a coincidence,'' Rousselot continued.
"The credit goes to our valued players but also to Patrick Gabriel.
"Once derided for its ultra defensive game, our team is now one of the most sparkling in Ligue 1.''
Two points separate Nancy from safety, and Rousselot could hardly have wished for a better fixture as they look to bridge that gap with Bastia sure to have lost some intensity after securing their Ligue 1 status last week.
A 3-1 win over Montpellier got the job done as Bastia moved nine points clear of the drop zone.
Bastia coach Frederic Hantz also has a number of injury problems with which to contend, with Jacques Faty this week joining a lengthy list that also includes Florian Thauvin, Wahbi Khazri, Sambou Yatabare and Jerome Rothen.