The Cumbrians are not quite safe from relegation, currently lying nine points above the drop zone albeit having played a game or so more than their rivals. Their form in recent weeks has been rather poor too, although they have picked up to secure four points from their last two matches.
Last time out
The Cumbrians had no midweek game but surprised everyone to take a convincing 2-0 victory at home to promotion-chasing Brentford last Saturday. Despite coming under much pressure, Greg Abbott’s men struck either side of half time through Sean O’Hanlon and Mark Beck.
Indeed, the result was described by an ecstatic Abbott as “probably the best result since I’ve been manager of the club”, as he highlighted the differences in depth between the two squads. Bradley Wright-Phillips for instance, a scourge of Carlisle in the past, could only find a place on the Brentford substitutes bench.
Carlisle have no prominent injury worries though new signing Matheiu Manset may not have clearance in time to play.
Last time we met
Back in November, Orient produced one of their best performances of the season to storm to a 4-1 victory at Brunton Park. All of the goals were scored in the first half, with two going to David Mooney and one each for Ben Chorley and Lee Cook.
One to watch
Mark Beck scored in the impressive win against Brentford last week and at the age of only 19, has already scored six times this season in an uncompromising division. Orient’s rearguard will have to be at their best if they are to contain him.
Orient wins: 17
Carlisle wins: 20