Lyon gunning for fourth league win in row
PARIS, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Olympique Lyon will be looking for a fourth consecutive victory when they travel to bottom club Metz in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
After losing two of their opening three matches, the six-times French champions got back to winning ways by beating St Etienne, Sochaux and Le Mans to rise to fifth in the table.
Metz, one of three teams without a victory, should not represent too much of a problem for Lyon, who have not lost at the Saint-Symphorien stadium in six years. Surprise leaders Nancy visit second from bottom Racing Lens.
Under new coach Jean-Pierre Papin, who took over from Guy Roux last month, Lens are chasing their first home win over Nancy since the 1998-99 season.
Nancy will again look to attacking midfielder Youssouf Hadji for goals.
'He is more confident than he used to be. He's blossomed,' his elder brother Mustapha, a former Nancy player, told the club's website.
Second-placed Valenciennes visit mid-table Le Mans while Girondins Bordeaux, who are third, travel to Lille.
Olympique Marseille will be desperate to claim a first home win of the season against Toulouse in Saturday's early kickoff.
'I don't even want to hear about a draw. We have to win,' said Marseille striker Djibril Cisse.
In-form Monaco are hoping to field Brazilian defender Adriano, their new signing from Atalanta, at home to Paris St Germain on Sunday.
'He is bringing more competition to the squad and that's what makes us work mork and more during training sessions. It's one of the keys to our success,' said Monaco's Argentine midfielder Lucas Bernardi.