Angers suffered a 2-0 defeat to Bordeaux in their most recent outing, while Lille inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Reims last time out.
Angers were unable to build on their opening-day victory against Dijon as they were put to the sword on their own turf by a resolute Bordeaux side in the final weekend of August.
There is no shame in coming out second best against the well-organised defensive unit of Bordeaux, although that home defeat did end Angers's four-game winning streak in the French top flight, with Maja's and Basic's strikes the first goals Angers have conceded at home since February 7.
In spite of the fact that the sporting landscape has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, Angers can be encouraged by their remarkable home record - Stephane Moulin's side have only lost six league matches on familiar territory since January 2019, although three of those losses have come this year.
Angers recently took part in a friendly clash with Chateauroux to keep their skills sharp, and Moulin's men marched to a 6-1 victory in that meeting last Saturday.
Meanwhile, Reims are still searching for their first victory of the new campaign as they followed up a draw with Monaco with a 1-0 defeat to Lille in gameweek two.
Jonathan Bamba's first-half strike was enough to see the visitors walk away with all three points, and Reims will be desperate to register a victory this weekend ahead of their Europa League fixture in midweek.
David Guion's men are taking on Swiss Super League side Servette in the second qualifying round on Thursday, but Reims must first navigate a meeting with an Angers side who will be equally motivated to bounce back from their recent defeat.
Reims inflicted a 4-1 thrashing on Angers when the two sides last locked horns back in February, and Moulin's side are winless in 11 matches against their opponents - a run stretching all the way back to 2008 when both clubs plied their trade in the second division.
Angers Ligue 1 form: WL
Reims Ligue 1 form: DL
Angers may have to face Reims without the services of winger Farid El Melali, who is said to be struggling with an adductor problem.
Right-back Thomas Foket missed out against Lille through injury, and an unnamed player in the Reims camp has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus in the past couple of days.
Angers possible starting lineup:
Bernardoni; Bamba, Traore, Thomas, Nouri; Santamaria; Thioub, Fulgini, Mangani, Capelle; Bahoken
Reims possible starting lineup:
Rajkovic; Doucoure, Faes, Abdelhamid, Konan; Chavalerin, Berisha, Cassama; Kutesa, Toure, Cafaro
We say: Angers 0-0 Reims
Angers boast an incredible home record in the French top flight and there is no reason for Moulin's men to be disheartened following their loss to Bordeaux. On the other hand, Reims will be looking to gather momentum ahead of their Europa League ventures and have proven difficult for Angers to overcome in recent times, so we expect the two clubs to walk away with a point apiece in this one.