Sale Sharks boss Mike Brewer will read little into Brive's current 'crisis club' status ahead of Saturday's Amlin Challenge Cup clash in France.
The 1997 European champions have lost their way in domestic rugby this term, going three months without a league win.
"They are under a lot of pressure, but sometimes that can help a side," said Sale head coach Brewer. "They can take the shackles off and play a bit, and when Brive play a bit they are a very dangerous side."
He continued: "So one of the big things for us will be to try and nullify the Brive crowd. If they score some points and get on a roll, then their crowd will get behind them.
"But the Brive crowd are like most French crowds. If we get on top of them, the cat-calls and the whistling will start."
Brewer welcomes back England pair Mark Cueto and Andrew Sheridan from autumn Test duty in a line-up that also features former Brive player Ben Cohen and Wales international scrum-half Dwayne Peel, who has recovered from a slight groin injury.