Bordeaux play host to Saint-Etienne on Wednesday evening looking to close the gap to one point to their opponents, who sit just above the relegation zone in the Ligue 1 standings.
However, depending on how other results go, Saint-Etienne could move four points clear of safety, the game at Stade Matmut-Atlantique having the potential to be pivotal in the context of the season.
On the back of collecting four points from fixtures against Lille and Metz, Bordeaux were full of confidence heading into their trip to Lyon at the weekend.
That lasted less than 45 minutes. Lyon scored three times in either half to cruise to a 6-1 victory, Bordeaux’s consolation goal coming from the penalty spot five minutes from time.
The end result is David Guion’s team now sitting four points adrift of safety with six matches remaining, heaping huge pressure on the upcoming fixture.
Even with their run-in being more favourable than some of their rivals, Bordeaux need to take advantage of facing the teams around them, and Guion will be encouraged that seven points have been collected from their last five fixtures.
However, Bordeaux are yet to keep a clean sheet at home this campaign, something which will encourage a Saint-Etienne side who have had few issues with finding the back of the net of late.
While nine strikes have come from four outings, it was more important that two came in the last fixture against Brest, both coming from Mahdi Camara as Saint-Etienne came from behind to post a 2-1 win.
Since the struggles at the turn of the year, Saint-Etienne have recorded 18 points from their last 11 fixtures, although Pascal Dupraz will be wary of the matches which follow Wednesday’s game.
The Greens face Monaco, Rennes and Nice are in succession, a harsh run and one which highlights the importance of taking points off their hosts later this week.
Five of Saint-Etienne’s last six goals have been scored in the first half of matches, while they are on a three-match winless streak away from home.