After exiting the Champions League bottom of their group and without a win in the six games, Montpellier resume their defence of the French League title down in 13th place.
Coach Rene Girard will be hoping tomorrow's visit of Ajaccio - who are only one point above the relegation zone in 16th spot - can spark a real revival in fortunes.
Montpellier will draw comfort from the fact that they drew home and away with group winners Schalke, but their failure to take any points off Arsenal and Olympiacos cost them dear.
Although they are through to the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue, a 1-0 defeat at leaders Lyon last Saturday means they have won only four of their first 15 league games.
There were flashes of encouragement in the second half, but Lyon goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre twice denied Chilean midfielder Marco Estrada and Senegal star Souleymane Camara fired a shot just wide.
Girard put his side's early season problems down to ``a bit less concentration, less aggression and lots of changes'', but Lyon forward Alex Lacazette said: ``I think the Champions League has hurt them.
``When you are not used to playing in the league and in this competition at the same time, it's difficult.''
Ajaccio's Algerian defender Carl Medjani, who has been made captain this season, said of this weekend's clash: ``We're not far away from them in points but it won't be easy, they are the champions of France.
``They've had four days to recover from the Champions League and we expect a spicy meeting.
``We are more or less satisfied with what we do on the field, but despite a slightly better start than last season we are able to do better.
``We've not yet found the little ingredient that would allow us to be more consistent, but we talked about it and we know that it will come.''