Having both lost back-to-back Ligue 1 matches, mid-table rivals Montpellier HSC and Reims meet at Stade de la Mosson on Sunday in search of their first victory for a month.
Before they convene by the Mediterranean, the teams – who played out an entertaining 3-3 draw earlier this season – respectively occupy 11th and 13th place in the standings.
Having been on course to at least match last season’s eighth-place finish at the turn of the year, inconsistent form during 2022 has seen Montpellier slip to their current bottom-half position in the Ligue 1 table.
After their 2-0 defeat to Marseille last week – in which they already trailed by two goals before the 20th minute – the French champions of 2011-12 have lost eight times this calendar year, and no team has suffered more setbacks in the top flight during that period.
Jonas Omlin’s late dismissal at Stade Velodrome, with the game already lost, took La Paillade’s total of red cards received this season to nine – the most out of any Ligue 1 club – and such a lack of discipline has hardly helped their cause.
Nonetheless, with seven fixtures remaining, the side overseen by coach Olivier Dall’Oglio are still within five points of a top-half finish.
With their last home victory coming back in January, though, Montpellier are now seeking to rectify that trend and give their fans something to cheer about when Reims come to town on Sunday.