Two teams in the bottom half of the Ligue 1 table will compete this Sunday when 14th-placed Reims host Metz, who currently find themselves in the relegation zone.
The hosts are undefeated in their previous five outings across all competitions, while their opponents are without a win in three.
Reims might find themselves in the bottom half of the table at the moment, but they did end 2021 in fine form, which is something they have continued into the New Year.
The squad have now gone five games in a row without a defeat across all competitions, and impressively they have earned four clean sheets across that period.
Defensively, the group have showcased their qualities, which they will be aiming to continue this Sunday, although Metz have actually scored more goals than them this season.
Reims drew 0-0 in their recent outing against Clermont, but it is a result that Oscar Garcia will actually have been frustrated by due to the fact that their opponents spent the majority of the game with 10 men after a red card in the 14th minute.
With a victory having the potential to see them climb up to 11th in the table, there is plenty of incentive for the squad heading into this one, especially with a tougher fixture against Paris Saint-Germain looming.
Metz find themselves 19th in the table at the moment, but despite being in the relegation zone they do have the chance to break out of the bottom three with a win this weekend.
This would depend on other results as well, but if they can play their part, then the club could climb as high as 15th, which would put some distance between them and the danger spots.
Goals have been hard to come by as of late for the team, scoring only six in as many fixtures, with the team failing to find the back of the net in three of those.
That included their most recent outing when they were defeated 2-0 by Strasbourg, as Metz only managed a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
The squad will also take confidence from the fact they were able to earn a point the last time they faced Reims as they earned a point after Habib Maiga scored an equaliser to secure a 1-1 result.