Nice head into Sunday’s fixture with Lorient looking to end a run of four games without success in Ligue 1.
At a time when the home side have recently dropped into fifth position in the standings, Lorient are four points clear of the relegation zone with seven matches remaining.
Up until the latter stages of January, Nice looked like a side that were capable of finishing in second position behind runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
However, just two victories have been recorded from their last nine outings, while Christophe Galtier’s team have not posted a victory since defeating PSG back on March 5.
With the gap to third-placed Rennes still only five points, Les Aiglons will feel that they can still secure a spot in the Champions League qualifiers for next season.
That said, despite drawing 1-1 with their rivals at the start of this month, last weekend’s 3-0 reverse at Lens means that Nice have no momentum heading into this contest.
In total, Nice have conceded six times in just three matches, although they still possess the best defensive record in the division.
From Lorient’s perspective, they will fancy their chances of causing the upset in the South of France after putting together an improved string of results since the start of February.
As many as 14 points have come from their last nine fixtures, the most recent of their four victories during that period coming by a 6-2 scoreline against Saint-Etienne last time out.
After losing 5-1 at PSG and then going 2-0 down in that fixture, Lorient remarkably scored six goals between the 42nd and 89th minutes, helping by their opponents being reduced to 10 men with a quarter of the game still remaining.
More than half of Terem Moffi’s seven league strikes have been scored in his last four outings, and the 22-year-old has a key part to play if Christophe Pelissier’s team are to remain in the top flight.