Evian coach Pascal Dupraz has backed his side to pull off an upset and kick-start their Ligue 1 season away to in-form Reims tomorrow.
Evian, coming off a 2-1 home loss to Sochaux, will make the long trip north to face a team whose early successes this season have all been built on their home form, with Reims having earned 13 of their 15 points at the Stade Auguste Delaune.
But the last time Evian played in Reims, late in the 2010/11 season, Cedric Cambon scored an 87th-minute winner to secure Evian's promotion back to the top flight.
``They have had a very good start to the season,'' Dupraz said. ``They look a lot like Evian last season, even though they have more points than we did at this stage. They have returned to Ligue 1 with a lot of conviction and they have been consistent.
``But against Reims I still have a very clear picture in my mind of Cedric Cambon scoring the header that propelled us into Ligue 1. We must remember the good times.
``Sochaux proved to be our nemesis, but perhaps the Stade Auguste Delaune is a place for great feats from Evian.''
While Reims enjoy the view from mid-table, sitting only four points from fourth place, Evian have had a tough start to their second campaign in the top flight and begin the weekend in the relegation zone, having lost three in a row after their surprise victory away to Montpellier.
``We have suffered a setback,'' Dupraz added. ``But to my mind it was not as bad as, for example, the one against Toulouse (a 4-0 defeat). The boys have shown a reaction.''
But even if his side are slowly improving, Dupraz plans to make a number of changes tomorrow to try to provoke a response.
``It should bring some freshness,'' he said. ``When things go wrong, everything must be done to reverse the trend.''