Leyton Orient prepare to host Barnet tomorrow at the Matchroom Stadium as they embark on a new season.
The O’s have enjoyed a solid pre-season, suffering defeats to Middlesbrough (3-1) and Huddersfield Town (2-0) during their pre-season training camp in Spain having started their fixtures with a 2-1 loss at Braintree Town.
But besides those three blemishes, the O’s form has been good and sees them having won their last four since returning from Spain against Colchester United (3-0), Woking (4-0), Bishop’s Stortford (4-2) and Southend United (1-0).
Barnet have played eight pre-season friendlies in the build up to this afternoon’s game and have beaten Hungerford Town (6-1), St Albans City (3-2), MK Dons (3-1), when last season’s top scorer John Akinde bagged a first-half hat-trick, and last weekend they overcame Conference side Eastleigh 2-0. They have also drawn 0-0 with Maidenhead United and lost at home to Crystal Palace (5-3) and Peterborough United (2-1), before they rounded things off with a development squad friendly on Monday at Northwood which they lost 4-3 despite a hat-trick by Mathew Stevens.
To read the thoughts of Head Coach Ian Hendon on tomorrow’s encounter, click here.
The last time we met in E10
Leyton Orient 1 Barnet 0 09.10.12 JPT Second Round – Southern Section
Moses Odubajo made the most of his starting chance by firing the O’s into the last 16 of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. The O’s youngster was making just his third start of the season and he responded by powering forward from right back to slot home the only goal of the game midway through the first half.
Leyton Orient: Allsop; Odubajo, Clarke, Baudry, Saywer; Smith, Griffith, James (Laird 83), Cox (McSweeney 65); Symes, Mooney (Obafemi 65). Subs: Lee, Vanderhyde. Goal: Odubajo 25 Booked: Symes
Barnet: Stack; Fuller (Nurse 70), Pearce, Stephens, Brown (Saville 90); Kamdjo, Yiadom; Lowe (Edgar 76), Byrne, Holmes; Hyde. Subs: Cowler, Oster.
Referee: Roger East
Attendance: 1,404 (230 away)
Orient striker Paul McCallum (ankle) is a major doubt for the O’s after hobbling off against Southend United on Sunday, but other than that Ian Hendon has a fully fit squad to choose from.
For Barnet, former O’s forward Kevin Lisbie (hamstring) is unlikely to face Orient after picking up the injury in their win over Eastleigh last weekend. Fellow striker Ben Tomlinson is also a doubt with an abcess on his throat.
Another ex-O Shaun Batt could feature on the bench for the Bees, while goalkeeper Graham Stack is fully fit.
BETTING (Odds from League Sponsor SkyBet at the time of story being published)
Going into the game the O’s are 11/10 to open their League Two campaign with a win, while Barnet are 5/2 and the draw is 23/10.
Orient have kept three clean sheets in their last four pre-season games and are 5/2 to win the game to nil, while Martin Allen’s side are 9/2 in the same market.
Despite being a big doubt for tomorrow’s match Paul McCallum is the O’s favourite to score first and he is 11/2 to score the first goal and last goal, or 2/1 to score at any time during the match.
Ollie Palmer is next at 6/1 and 9/4 for the first/last and anytime market, before Jay Simpson rounds off the top three at 13/2 and 5/2.
For Barnet, last season’s top goalscorer John Akinde is 13/2 to open or end the scoring and 5/2 to score anytime.
Next in line is Ben Tomlinson who is 15/2 and 11/4 in both markets, while former O’s striker Shaun Batt is available at 8/1 and 3/1 respectively.
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Following tomorrow’s match head to leytonorient.com for match report and reaction.