PREVIEW: Newport County v Orient

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Leyton Orient make the journey to Newport County this weekend as they look to maintain their promising start to League Two.

The O’s dug deep to see off Stevenage on Tuesday night as they recorded a 3-0 victory with three goals in the final 16 minutes to move  into top spot.

The win at the Matchroom Stadium was Orient’s third win in a row in the League and sees them sit at the top of the table, above Wycombe Wanderers and Hartlepool United on goal difference.

Newport County however are yet to record a victory this season and currently sit in 21st position, having only recorded one point out of a possible nine. The Exiles started the season with a defeat at Cambridge United (3-0) before losing at Wolves in the Capital One Cup (2-1).

Terry Butcher’s side were then denied their first victory at home to Stevenage last weekend when a last minute equaliser for the visitors saw the match end 2-2, before they lost 1-0 at Hartlepool on Tuesday.


Saturday will be the first time Orient face Newport following their reformation as Newport County AFC in 1989.

The last match between the O’s and the original Newport County came in March 1988 when the sides drew 0-0 in an English Division Four clash.


Orient’s only injury concern is Alan Dunne, who will undergo a late fitness test.  O’s Head Coach Ian Hendon has named the same starting XI in all three League fixtures this season and could well continue to show his faith in the same team on Saturday.

Newport County manager Terry Butcher stuck with the same team that drew 2-2 with Stevenage last Saturday for their narrow 1-0 defeat at Hartlepool in the week. Butcher could however hand starts to midfielder Josh Laurent and Zak Ansah after the pair arrived on loan from Brentford and Charlton Athletic respectively.

BETTING (Odds from League Sponsor SkyBet at the time of story being published)

Orient are the odds-on favourites at 4/5 to continue their 100 per cent start to the season with three points at Newport.


Hosts County are outsiders at 100/30 for the win and the draw can be backed at 13/5. Orient have scored three goals in both of their last two outings and 5/1 is the price for Ian Hendon’s men to reach that tally once again.

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