Evian and Troyes will have one eye on the harsh winter weather ahead of their crucial relegation encounter at Parc des Sports in Annecy tomorrow night.
Temperatures in the town near the Swiss border are forecast to remain well below freezing over the next 48 hours, giving way to potentially tricky conditions in a match of key importance for both teams.
Evian sit third-bottom after last weekend's 4-0 defeat to Paris St Germain, a result that took the gloss of a run of two wins and two draws from their previous four games.
While Evian are inside the bottom three on goal difference, the same cannot be said of Troyes, who are deep in the mire having registered just one win all season.
Jean-Marc Furlan's men have only amassed nine points from 16 matches so far and are already seven points from safety.
Troyes' weekend draw with Nice made it seven games without victory, but Furlan shied away from speculating whether his side were about to snap that streak, with all the signs pointing to a difficult contest to come tomorrow night.
``The playing conditions will greatly influence the game,'' Furlan said.
``The winter period and the condition of the land have a strong influence on the fate of matches and the game played. It is therefore difficult to make a prognosis.
``The playing conditions will be unique since the pitch is frozen and snow has fallen in abundance.
``In the winter it is likely that the championship will be disrupted.''