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Lyon look to hit back

Published: Tuesday 21 September 2004, 12.30CET
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Published: Tuesday 21 September 2004, 12.30CET

Lyon look to hit back

Olympique Lyonnais are looking to re-establish their championship credentials at Toulouse FC tonight.

Olympique Lyonnais travel to Toulouse FC tonight with both teams looking to put weekend disappointments behind them, while leaders AS Monaco FC are at home to FC Nantes Atlantique on Wednesday.
Lyon tamed
After drawing 0-0 with SC Bastia, fourth-placed Lyon will be keen to re-establish their championship credentials against a Toulouse side just one point and one place below them in Ligue 1. It is Lyon's third game in a week, but coach Paul Le Guen says tiredness is not a factor. "We've been rotating the squad so the players are good physically," he said. Toulouse are without Eduardo Da Silva who is suspended after being sent off during Saturday's defeat by Olympique de Marseille, the southern side's first loss of the season.

Monaco momentum
Monaco will be confident of beating Nantes to sustain their momentum, but Didier Deschamps is not getting carried away by his side's early success. "Things can change quickly in football," he said. "We need to stay humble and focused." Nantes could be without key defender Julio Caceres.

'Relegation battle'
Paris Saint-Germain FC are yet to win in Ligue 1 after six matches, and things will not get any easier away to RC Lens. PSG have been training behind closed doors for a week and captain José Pierre-Fanfan said: "We need our first win soon, otherwise in three weeks' time we'll be fighting a relegation battle." Lens will look to capitalise on PSG's poor start and will draw strength from their record against them, having taken 14 points from the past six fixtures between the two sides.

Laslandes return
AS Saint-Etienne have one point more than PSG but could struggle to add to that at home to an AJ Auxerre side fresh from beating FC Metz 4-0. Bastia, in third, are at home to FC Girondins de Bordeaux, who welcome back Lilian Laslandes after suspension, while AC Ajaccio travel to FC Istres with both sides seeking their first wins.

Rennes test
Also on Wednesday, Stade Rennais FC play Marseille, RC Strasbourg visit SM Caen, Metz face OGC Nice and FC Sochaux-Montbéliard take on Lille OSC.

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