(Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average is expected to test 9,800 for a fourth straight session on Monday as yen weakness against the dollar is likely to boost risk appetite, although some market players say technical indicators point to a correction.

The index has risen above 9,800 in three previous sessions but has so far failed to close above it.

Strategists said the Nikkei was likely to trade between 9,750 to 9,900 on Monday after Nikkei futures in Chicago closed at 9,810, up 50 points or 0.5 percent, from the Osaka close of 9,760.

The softer yen against the dollar is going to prompt buying and we may see the index open above 9,800 and tread recent ranges, but there is a risk of a correction because the market does look overheated, said Hiroichi Nishi, equity general manager at SMBC Nikko Securities.

Orders from foreign brokers before Monday's open showed net sell orders of 4.8 million shares.

Market participants are worried about a sharp pullback after the Nikkei rallied more than 10 percent last month, posting its best February performance in decades.

A domestic trader said the Nikkei's moves this week will depend heavily on futures buying and selling ahead of a closely watched settlement of options and futures on Friday.

On Friday, the benchmark Nikkei <.N225> ended up 0.7 percent at 9,777.03 on Friday, while the broader Topix index <.TOPX> closed 0.8 percent higher at 837.82.

The S&P and Nasdaq notched their eighth week of gains out of the last nine on Friday, although they ended the day lower in a thinly traded session.

The dollar was last trading at 81.60, close to the nine-month peak of 81.86 set on Friday.

Europe's sovereign debt crisis returned to the spotlight after Spain defied the euro zone austerity pact to set a softer 2012 deficit target, while Greece nears its March 9 deadline to conclude its bond swap with private investors.



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(Reporting by Mari Saito; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)