Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot hopes his team's confidence at home can be boosted by a victory over Valenciennes at the Stade Chaban-Delmas tomorrow.
Les Girondins have failed to take maximum points in each of their last four Ligue 1 games on their own turf, drawing three in a row and then losing 1-0 to Paris St Germain.
Gillot, whose side are fifth in the table, is concerned by the sequence and feels it is important Bordeaux halt it tomorrow with a home win to restore some belief.
``We have not done too much at home for a while,'' he said.
``We have had a lot of draws and we lost against PSG.
``In some of those matches, we had control and opportunities but it failed to materialise.
``We need to win against Valenciennes to get the confidence that we lack at home.''
In their 10 home league matches for the season so far, Bordeaux have triumphed only three times, while on the road they have registered five victories from 12 top-flight games, including back-to-back wins in the last two away outings.
Asked if he thought his team felt more comfortable away from home, Gillot said: ``Maybe, although we have played away more than at home and that is just down to chance.
``We do have a problem of efficiency in attack at home, where (opposition) defences are strong.
``Away, we play with a little more space. There is little space at home and that has jammed our offensive efficiency.''
Valenciennes, 12th in the table, go into the contest in poor form having lost four of their last six league fixtures but coach Daniel Sanchez is looking ahead to the encounter in a positive mood.
``We will be aware and realistic, but not fearful,'' Sanchez said.
``We had a (0-0) draw at the Stade du Hainaut with Bordeaux earlier this season, competing with them, and we will compete with them on Saturday.
``They are fifth, and they are not there for nothing, but they are not very far ahead of us.
``We must remain confident. There is no reason to doubt everything.''