Rennes coach Philippe Montanier knows his team's bid to get their season back on track faces a difficult hurdle when they host St Etienne in Ligue 1 on Wednesday night.
Les Rouges et Noirs have taken just two points from the last four matches to sit 13th in the table, a 2-0 defeat by Monaco the outcome at the weekend.
The form of Wednesday's opponents, however, is in stark contrast, as the fifth-placed visitors wil be looking for their third consecutive win.
Montanier admits St Etienne will offer formidable opposition, telling a press conference: ``You're going to meet a team that is on a good momentum.
``St Etienne have lost only one match in the last six - against Lyon, where they did not deserve to lose.
``They prepared to play well in the Europa League and the championship. It's tough on all lines.
``They have an interesting squad. They are executing set-pieces with great players and good strikers. They create a lot of scoring opportunities.''
St Etienne forward Mevlut Erding returns to the ground where he spent 18 months following a move from Paris St Germain.
He admits the return to facing his former team-mates gives him a little extra drive, telling the club's official website: ``In any case, I am motivated.
``Perhaps even a little more because I will face my former team-mates in a stadium that I know well.
``You always want to prove certain things when facing your old colours.
``This is a positive motivation.''
Of the match he added: ``It is a direct competition with individuals like Romain Alessandrini and Nelson Oliveira.
``The new coach, Philippe Montanier, has implemented a new system. We go to Rennes with ambitions of playing and results. We want to continue our momentum.''