Leyton Orient return to the Matchroom Stadium this evening as they host Stevenage in their latest League Two encounter.
The O’s produced a commanding display at London rivals Dagenham & Redbridge at the weekend as goals from Paul McCallum, Lloyd James and Dean Cox led Ian Hendon’s side to a 3-1 victory.
Hendon will come up against a former colleague from his time at West Ham as he faces off against Teddy Sheringham who will be in the opposite dugout following his appointment in the summer.
The former England striker is yet to register his first victory as Stevenage boss however as they suffered defeats at home to Notts County (2-0) on the opening day and at Championship outfit Ipswich Town (2-1) in the Capital One Cup, before drawing at Newport County (2-2) at the weekend.
THE LAST TIME WE MET
The O’s put in a solid performance to take all three points as Moses Odubajo and Chris Dagnall netted in the opening 23 minutes as Orient bounced back to winning ways following two successive defeats in front of their own supporters.
The victory lifted Russell Slade’s side back into the second automatic promotion spot following a run of four games without a victory, while Stevenage left Brisbane Road at the foot of the table, six points adrift from safety.
ORIENT: Jakupovic; Cuthbert, Clarke, Baudry, Sawyer, Odubajo, James (Ness 82), Vincelot, Cox, Dagnall (Batt 76), Mooney
SUBS: Larkins, Bartley, Lasimant, Simpson, Lisbie
GOALS: Odubajo (14), Dagnall (23)
STEVENAGE: Day, Ashton, Jones, Morais (Deacon 62 (Doughty 78)), Mousinho (Charles 62), Akins, Zoko, Parrett, Freeman, Smith, Hartley
SUBS: Arnold, Burrow, Obeng, N’Guessan
Referee: Andy Davies
Attendance: 4,171 (333 away)
Leyton Orient captain Mathieu Baudry is a doubt having limped off late on in the O’s win at Dagenham on Saturday. The defender suffered an ankle injury and will undergo a fitness test ahead of the game. Other than that there are no other injury concerns for the hosts while Ollie Palmer, Alan Dunne and Blair Turgott are pushing for their first league starts of the season.
Dipo Akinyemi scored his first professional goal for the Boro at the weekend and will be hoping to hold on to his starting spot. Meanwhile, Stevenage announced the loan signings of goalkeeper Chris Kettings and defender Connor Ogilvie last Friday but the duo were both unused substitutes at Newport and will be hoping to make their debuts at the Matchroom Stadium.
BETTING (Odds from League Sponsor SkyBet at the time of story being published)
Ahead of the tie, Football League sponsors Sky Bet have made Orient the favourites to win at 3/4. Teddy Sheringham’s Stevenage can be backed at 15/4, while a draw is priced at 5/2.
O’s striker Paul McCallum is the favourite to open the scoring tonight at 5/1 having bagged his second in as many games at Dagenham & Rebridge on Saturday. Fellow striker Ollie Palmer is also 5/1 while Jay Simpson is 6/1. For the visitors Brett Williams is the favourite to score first at 7/1, while Tom Hitchcock follows closely behind at 8/1.
The O’s ran out 2-0 victors in their opening home game of the season against Barnet earlier on this month and a repeat result is priced at 13/2.
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