Fans heading to the Stade de la Route de Lorient on Saturday may not be filled with excitement, but home coach Philippe Montanier is hoping to give them something to cheer.
His Rennes side face Evian with both languishing towards the bottom of Ligue 1 and with some shocking form against their names.
Neither has won in four league matches while goals have been in short supply too, and their combined tally of 42 is fewer than leaders Paris St Germain have scored on their own.
Montanier, though, is hoping that a cure can be found sooner rather than later.
``We have to be effective but there is no miracle,'' he told his club's official website.
``All of our strikers have the necessary qualities but they need to start using them well.''
Nelson Oliveira is one of them. The Portuguese has not found the net since the November 2 draw with Marseille.
``He is currently in a bad way,'' Montanier said of the 22-year-old.
``He needs to work hard and keep his concentration and he will soon be back.''
Montanier is surprised to see Evian down in the doldrums with his side.
A side who have beaten the might and riches of PSG could be expected to be higher and Montanier said: ``They are growing every year. This is a team that can beat some of the best and could be higher.''
While Evian are four without a win in the league their overall record is five without success, meaning that coach Pascal Dupraz is feeling the heat - but he was defiant ahead of the game.
``I am responsible for this,'' he said at a press conference.
``But I used to dream of doing this job that many want. Do not count on me letting it go.''