Reims head into their second home fixture of 2022 without a goal in their previous three Ligue 1 encounters as they host Bordeaux on Sunday at Stade Auguste-Delaune.
The club from the Coronation City are winless in their previous four matches played in all competitions, losing in a shootout to Bastia at the Coupe de France last weekend, while Les Girondins got themselves out of the relegation zone, narrowly defeating Strasbourg 4-3.
A city famous for its champagne have not had much to celebrate of late as Oscar Garcia, and his side have failed to win a domestic encounter since December 11 when they defeated Saint-Etienne (2-0).
In their recent match against the league leaders PSG, Les rouges et blancs, put together a good opening half, pressuring the Parisians and rarely losing the ball, but a late goal from Marco Verratti before the interval seemed to shatter their confidence as they were handled with ease in the second half, falling 4-0.
This team do not have a ton of attacking depth, scoring the fourth-fewest goals (22) in the league, and they appear to be heavily dependent on a local teenager to try and win them some matches.
It is challenging to earn victories when you are unable to get yourself into enough good shooting positions, and while they do a decent job when it comes to shutting down opposing attacks, firing three shots or fewer on target like they have done in their last three league games will not help you win many matches.
They will want to avoid being shut out for a fourth straight time domestically, something which has not happened to this team since October 2015.
Reims are particularly sharp defensively when playing in front of their home fans, and they seem to be able to cover open spaces effectively, as only 11 of their 27 goals conceded were at Stade Auguste-Delaune.
Yacine Adli pictured for Bordeaux in December 2019© Reuters
It has been a frustrating season for Bordeaux, but they entered the international break positively, ending a four-match losing run in all competitions.
As sharp as they were in the final third versus Strasbourg, scoring on four of their six efforts on target, Vladimir Petkovic and his team still have a lot of work to do on the defensive side of things, conceding nine goals in their previous two games.
The 53 goals that they have given up so far in this campaign is the highest tally for any Ligue 1 side at this stage of a domestic season since Nice conceded the same amount in 1978-79.
On Sunday, Les Girondins have an opportunity to do something that they have yet to do this season, win consecutive games in the league.
Even though consistency has been an issue for them, they should be feeling pretty good about their chances versus Reims, a team that they have not lost to in their last three visits to the champagne region, while they won the opening fixture between these sides on Halloween, thanks to a late penalty.
Bordeaux are only a point above Metz, and they have been especially poor on the road this season, conceding three goals or more in a single match six times, with the worst of those defeats coming recently at Rennes (6-0).