Toulouse coach Alain Casanova has warned his team to beware of the dangers posed by Troyes tomorrow despite their pitiful away record.
Troyes are the only team in Ligue 1 still searching for their first win on the road this season, an ignominious run which has left them staring at an immediate return to the second tier.
Coach Jean-Marc Furlan's side are one off the bottom of the table - only by virtue of the fact they have scored more goals than the team below them in Nancy - and five points adrift of safety.
Yet despite their perilous position, Casanova said: ``They are a team with a coach who love the game, who love to have the ball and cause problems for their opponent.
``They are a team that should be ranked better, and I do not forget their draws at Lille and Bordeaux (in two of their last three away games). They have lost games they have deserved to win.
``Troyes has the potential to save themselves, so it will be a tough game against a dangerous team. We have to be wary.''
Troyes' Brazilian midfielder Thiago naturally insists there is belief within the squad the team can escape relegation, but appreciates the task is growing increasingly difficult.
``We're in the relegation zone, as we have been since the beginning, so it has become a habit, but we will not let go'' said the 29-year-old.
``Every weekend we know we face a tough game ahead, but if we want to get out of our situation they are hurdles that must be overcome, even if our chances of success decrease.
``So we must continue to work and believe for a moment this work will pay off.''
After an excellent start to the season in which Toulouse won five and drew four of their opening 10 league matches, they have since slipped to 12th after losing eight of their last 13 games, including the last two.
A week ago Toulouse lost 2-0 at Rennes, with one of the goals gifted following a mistake from goalkeeper Ali Ahamada, and not for the first time this season.
Casanova, however, has vowed to keep faith with Ahamada as he said: ``He will play because I want to show him my trust.
``He is someone who is very strong, and he will bounce back. He will not be overwhelmed by what has happened.''