They have yet to win away from their Stade Charles Mathon fortress and have leaked an average of 37 points per game in their four away fixtures to date this season. As for Biarritz, they are firmly anchored to the bottom of the Top 14 table with a mere eight points.
This has been one of their worst ever starts to a season with only one win in 10 games in their domestic and European games. While there was plenty of spirit in the 33-10 opening defeat in Pool 1 at Sale Sharks, it was a familiar story in the end.
Head coach Laurent Rodriguez saw his team lose too many balls in contact and also saw hooker RomainRuffenachjoin an injury list that now includes 15 players. Among the absentees are such influential talismen as Imanol Harinordoquy, Iain Balshaw, Benoit Baby, Magnus Lund and Raphael Lakafia.
Oyonnax will smell blood, and sniff an opportunity to pick up a win on the road, and a victory would keep them in the hunt for a quarter-final spot in the most competitive Pool in the tournament. It took a last gasp penalty to earn a home draw, 9-9, on their European debut last weekend against Worcester Warriors, but they won't want to leave anything to chance in a golden opportunity at Stade Aguillera in round two.
- Biarritz have played French opposition seven times in the competition, losing the three away games and winning the three at home. They also won the 2011/12 final v Toulon at the Twickenham Stoop.
- Biarritz, have lost just two of 11 home games overall in this competition. Oyonnax became the first ever side to draw their debut Amlin Challenge Cup game when they were held to a 9-9 result by Worcester in Round 1. Oyonnax beat Biarritz 24-22 in the Top 14 last month.