Struggling duo seek survival points
Evian-Thonon-Gaillard FC and FC Lorient meet in their rescheduled Week 26 encounter on Wednesday with both teams needing points in their fight against the drop.
Evian TG FC - FC Lorient (kick-off 19:00CET)
Though both sides produced a victory last weekend, their top-flight futures remain in doubt as they come into the game, which should have been played on 21 February but was called off due to heavy snowfall, in 18th and 16th place respectively.
ETG, who are two points behind Les Merlus, have shown character when on the brink this season, winning six of their seven matches against teams in the bottom five, including their 2-1 victory at bottom side FC Metz last weekend. However, they are without the talismanic Daniel Wass, who is suspended.
"After our win at Metz, the first words the players said were, 'Don't get carried away!'" explained ETG assistant coach Stéphane Bernard. "They have done nothing yet. We only have 29 points. The aim is to assure our top-flight survival as soon as possible."
Lorient won 2-0 at home to in-form SC Bastia in Week 27 to keep themselves above the relegation zone, and they have won on their last two visits to the Parc des Sports in Annecy.
While Sylvain Ripoll can use forward Gianni Bruno, who is on loan to Lorient from ETG, the hosts may feature Gilles Sunu, who moved to Annecy from the Breton club in January, in their side.
ETG: Leroy; Abdallah, Cambon, Nounkeu, Sabaly; Tejeda, Koné, Thomasson; Sunu, Duhamel, Barbosa (cap.)
Lorient: Lecomte; Gassama, Bellugou, Lautoa (cap.), Le Goff; Philippoteaux, Abdullah, Mesloub, Guerreiro; Jeannot, Ayew