Evian manager Pascal Dupraz hopes his side can end their bad run against Bordeaux when the sides meet on Saturday.
Les Croix de Savoie have never beaten Bordeaux in their history and there was further pain in May as they lost 3-2 to the bogey side after reaching the Coupe de France final for the first time.
Evian have another chance to end the hoodoo and exact some revenge this weekend, when Les Girondins visit the Parc des Sports in Ligue 1.
``That we have never beaten Bordeaux adds motivation,'' boss Dupraz said.
``It reminds us immediately both of a very good and a very bad memory, the final of the Coupe de France, where Bordeaux beat us.
``However, this does not matter as it is not the same season or the same competition.
``Since the final, something has changed. We are more motivated than we were before.
``After three years, you can count on loyal fans. I like their behaviour.''
Evian, who will be without full-back Brice Dja Djedje, head into the match in 15th place while Bordeaux sit in the relegation zone - not that Dupraz pays much attention to that.
``I do not mind being ahead of them,'' he said. ``I just know that at the end of the season, Bordeaux will be ranked higher than us.''
Bordeaux head to Annecy having failed to win in four matches, although they did draw with Lorient and Reims in their last two outings.
The latter match ended goalless on Wednesday evening and featured the kind of defensive performance that makes Henrique confident the team will soon climb the table.
``Having a good defence is the key to playing more confidently, knowing that the team will hold on for a result no matter what,'' the Brazilian defender said.
``We need to start winning matches, it's getting to be a long time since we have won and to win, you have to score.
``Many people are concerned, but if we play like we played in the second half of Wednesday's game then the victories will come.''