KICK OFF TIME CHANGED: The game will kick off at 15:07 in honour of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy that took 96 Liverpool supporters’ lives. The decision encompasses all Premier League, Football League, Conference and FA Cup fixtures over the weekend.
FORM: Orient are looking to return to winning ways after the draw against Sheffield United and loss at home to Bradford with time running out in the automatic promotion race. The play-offs is looking more likely and a win is important to recapture the momentum that the O’s had earlier in the season. It remains to be seen whether Russell Slade will stick with the 4-3-3 formation that he used at Bramall Lane last week.
The visitors themselves are without a win in two games and looking to bounce back after a 2-0 loss to Peterborough last time out. Gillingham are only five points clear of the relegation zone and will be looking to extend that amount and all but secure their League 1 status.
TEAM NEWS: O’s boss Russell Slade will monitor the fitness of both Dean Cox (knee) and Romain Vincelot (foot) before the game although both have joined in training this week. Cox came off in the game against Sheffield United whilst Vincelot missed the trip. The only other absentee is Marvin Bartley (hamstring) who is making good progress in his rehabilitation.
Peter Taylor will be hoping Leon Legge recovers from a hamstring injury to replace the injured Ryan Inniss who has returned to Crystal Palace. Devante McKain has been recalled from his loan spell at Bromley and is available for selection, as is Charlie Lee who played at the heart of defence for 75 minutes midweek. Chris Whelpdale (ankle) and Danny Kedwell (knee) both trained on Thursday and could be named in the squad.
TICKETS: There are still plenty available and there will be cash turnstiles in the South and East stand for home supporters.
The North Stand is our family stand at the Matchroom Stadium and tickets need to be purchased in advance.
This game is all ticket for Away supporters with tickets available on the Gillingham website or ticket office.
Tickets for upcoming Orient away fixtures will be on-sale from the main Ticket Office until 2pm before the match and then again after the full-time whistle. For details of upcoming away tickets click here
For full ticket prices click here
To purchase tickets online click here
HOSPITALITY: Guests should bring their tickets and arrive at the West Stand reception from 12:30pm
ELSEWHERE: There is plenty going on for supporters before the game too as Match Sponsors Nando’s will be back at the stadium handing out vouchers for free food at their participating stores.
For the kids, Bywaters have sponsored some entertainment in the Baskin Robbins Family Stand while Orient mascot Theo will be joined by Barci the Cockerill from Nando’s and Eddie the Eagle from Essex County Cricket Club who will be giving away surprises.
Volunteers will be present from Prostate Cancer UK collecting money for the charity who are the official Charity Partner of the Football League while Orient fan Casey Adams will be leading the teams out as a representative of the PCUK Men United campaign. Find out more details and join Men United today by clicking here. If you would like to support the O’s bike ride to Amsterdam
AWAY FANS: Away supporters will be situated in the East Stand on Brisbane Road
For all the information about getting to The Matchroom Stadium visit as well as parking click here
Please note there is very limited parking in the surrounding area.
SKY BET MATCH ODDS – Leyton Orient are the favourites with Sky Bet being priced at 8/13, with the draw being 11/4 and Gillingham 9/2 to win the match.
Dean Cox is 7/1 to be the first goalscorer which looks a good price after scoring the O’s first and only goal last time out at Sheffield United.
For Gillingham, Adebayo Akinfenwa is always a threat, particularly after scoring in the reverse fixture in December and is priced at 8/1 for score first in the match. For the full odds head to www.skybet.com/orient
PROGRAMME: The 68-page programme will be on sale throughout the ground inside the entrances priced at £3. It will also be available to buy in the Club Shop. Any remaining copies will be on sale in the shop after the game. Tomorrow’s edition features a big interview with John Lundstram and O’s legend Matt Lockwood remembers his infamous hat-trick v