St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier does not expect rock-bottom Nancy to be a pushover tomorrow.
After a shocking run of 20 Ligue 1 matches without victory, Nancy managed to string together back-to-back wins a few weeks ago, only to since resume old habits with two successive defeats.
However, both were only by the odd goal, with the latest last weekend especially unlucky at reigning champions Montpellier, which has given Galtier food for thought.
Ahead of the trip to the Stade Marcel Picot, Galtier said: ``Nancy has undergone a lot of changes this winter.
``They're no longer the same team and they've changed the organisation of their game, which means they will play with greater freedom and be more combative.
``That said, we are naturally going to Nancy with the intention of wanting to win, but we must learn to resist and be opportunistic.
``If we have ambitions to win, then we must be as good on a technical level athletically.''
St Etienne remain firmly in the hunt for a Champions League place next season as they lie fifth, five points behind third-placed Marseille after taking 13 points from their last five matches.
With three matches coming up in the next eight days - following the game at Nancy they are at home to Lille on Tuesday in the Coupe de France and Nice in the league next Saturday - Galtier appreciates his good fortune in having a full squad to choose from.
That includes Brazilian striker Brandao, who missed the 1-1 draw at Reims last weekend with a knock after scoring three goals in his previous four matches.
Nancy will be without Remi Walter after the young midfielder, who had been on the bench for the last two matches, fractured a metatarsal in training on Wednesday.
Winger Julian Jeanvier is the 18-man squad after recovering from knee tendonitis, but striker Paul Alo'o is out with a thigh strain and joins Junior Joachim, Guy Roland N'Dy Assembe, Ziri Hammar and Romain Grange on the sidelines.
For coach Patrick Gabriel, it is a case of attempting to pick up his players again after pushing Montpellier close.
``We approached that game well, right to the end,'' said Gabriel.
``The defeat hurt because we missed opportunities, whilst Montpellier scored from one of just two chances they had in the game.
``But I'm not depressed. The result was disappointing and frustrating because we more than pushed the champions of France.
``Now we simply have to give our all again against St Etienne.''