(Video) Evian: Are relegation battlers set to become Lucas Barrios’s next Ligue 1 victims this weekend?

It doesn’t look good for Evian Thonon Gaillard. Not only are the relegation strugglers sitting perilously close to the Ligue 1 drop zone, they also have a play date arranged with Montpellier Herault SC hotshot Lucas Barrios this weekend.

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The former Borussia Dortmund striker is one of the French league’s most in-form frontmen at the moment.

Since moving to MHSC and Ligue 1 on loan from Spartak Moscow at the beginning of the campaign, he has averaged a goal every other game.

Worryingly for Evian, however, the striker has hit a purple patch-eight of his ten Ligue 1 goals have come since January 17. He has scored four in his last two matches, including a brace last weekend as Montpellier beat Stade de Reims 3-1.

The Panther opened the scoring in that game with a fine finish from outside the area [see video below], before adding a second from close range.

He will be relishing the rendezvous with Evian, who boast the third-worst defence in the division.