Caretaker coach Patrick Gabriel is desperate to bring hope to Nancy after being pitched into the hotseat following the resignation of Jean Fernandez.
Fernandez announced his departure to the club's players and directors before yesterday's training session, though it was not officially confirmed until today as the club held lengthy talks over the resolution of his contract.
That left head of youth Gabriel to take charge of a team bottom of the table, winless in Ligue 1 since the opening day of the season and with whom he has had just one training session.
He admitted his concern over his lack of time with the squad but said at a press conference screened on the club's website: ``The important thing is the match.
``We know Lille are better technically than us and we expect to have to do a lot of running.
``My priority will be to thwart their plans, to get my team playing well and give a bit of hope to our supporters.''
Saturday's 5-1 success against fifth-tier Dreux in the Coupe de France may help on that front, while ASNL drew six successive league games before losing to Bastia before the winter break.
Defender Sebastien Puygrenier will add his experience on the bench alongside Gabriel as he is not yet fit to return to action after a knee operation during the winter break.
Vincent Muratori is doubtful with a thigh injury and Fouad Rachid and Jean Landry Bassilekin miss out, while Abdeslam Ouaddou's signing has not yet been ratified due to a contractual dispute with his former club Lekhwiya.
Lille will be without Montenegro defender Marko Basa due to a sprained ankle.
Visiting coach Rudi Garcia will not take Nancy lightly, despite their lowly position and turbulent preparations.
``Nancy have only lost one of their last seven matches, proof that they are hard to beat at the moment,'' he said.
``We need to take three points there, which we were not able to do at Reims or Sochaux.''