Dugueperoux Prepared For Battle
Strasbourg coach Jacky Dugueperoux is counting on his side's defence and combative spirit to see off third-placed Auxerre this weekend.
The Alsatian side lost 2-0 to Marseille last weekend and lie third from bottom of Ligue 1 with just 11 points from 14 games.
"We must win at home and take points in our away games, otherwise we will keep yo-yoing between relegation and safety as we've done in the past few weeks," said Dugueperoux.
"Despite the recent defeats we were quite solid in Lyon (1-0 defeat on October 30) and really competed against Marseille, which is reassuring.
"But we are yet to be good in all areas of the game at the same time. We have always missed out on something and we must correct that."
Auxerre will be a tough test for Strasbourg as Guy Roux's outfit are flying high and head to Strasbourg on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run.
But Dugueperoux is hoping his side can continue to show the positives that were on display in their defeat at Marseille.
"In the match against Marseille we showed that we could play and created a lot of opportunities at the Velodrome, we must do it against Auxerre," he added.
Dugueperoux will welcome back all of his internationals after the midweek friendlies, including Senegal's Mamadou Niang, Morrocco's Yacine Abdessadki, Algeria's Salim Arrache, and Sweden's Alexander Farnerud.
Auxerre will be without Ivory Coast international Bonaventure Kalou, who has suffered from a thigh compliant since last weekend and will be out of action for two weeks.
Finland international Teemu Tainio has shaken off his groin problems, and is back in action as well as defender Jean-Sebastien Jaures who returns from a fractured foot.