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ORIENT head into Saturday’s clash with Hartlepool United unbeaten in their last five league games and sitting 10th in the League One table.
Despite propping up the table, their opponents Hartlepool are also in rich form having picked up eight points from their last four games. 
Hartlepool boss John Hughes could restore striker Steve Howard to the squad after his recovery from a hamstring injury.
Andy Monkhouse is likely to miss out for the home side, as is fellow midfielder Anthony Sweeney, while Jordan Richards is ruled out for the rest of the season.
For Orient, Kevin Lisbie is still missing with a hamstring problem, as is Lee Butcher who continues his rehabilitation with the knee injury he sustained last season. 
The teams last met on October 13 at the Matchroom Stadium when The O’s ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a Ryan Brunt header early in the second half. 
Orient’s last trip to Victoria Road was a day of mixed emotions as they were beaten 2-1 in April last year but also secured their status in League One after Wycombe Wanderers were defeated 4-3 in dramatic fashion by Notts County. 
Anthony Sweeney and Ryan Noble scored for the Pools that day whilst loanee Jamal Campbell-Ryce notched for The O’s. 
Of the last five meetings, Hartlepool have just one victory to their name, whilst Orient have three and there has been one draw. 
The referee for the match is Scott Duncan, who last took charge of an O’s match back on October 20 for the 2-0 away defeat at Oldham Athletic.