PREVIEW: Luton Town v Leyton Orient

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Leyton Orient head to Luton Town tomorrow in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, looking to build on their positive start to the season.

The O’s picked up their fifth successive win in League Two on Saturday to keep hold of top spot with a 2-0 victory over Bristol Rovers, thanks to goals from Lloyd James and Jay Simpson.

Hosts Luton Town sit in 22nd place in League Two, and come into the game on the back of a 2-1 home loss to Portsmouth.

Gareth Evans had put Pompey in front, before Craig Mackail-Smith levelled from the penalty spot. However, Matt Tubbs scored what proved to be the winner late on.

But they have Cup form having pushed Premier League side Stoke City to penalties in the Capital One Cup last Tuesday.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, the game will be decided by penalties.


Luton Town 0 Leyton Orient 1 League One 16.02.08

Jabo Ibehre scored the only goal of the game as the O’s picked up a 1-0 victory at Kenilworth Road.

Ibehre struck in the 26th minute of the game to secure Orient’s first win in six league games.

LUTON:  Brill, Emanuel, Beavan, Davis, Robinson, Keane, Bell (Furlong 68), Spring, Parkin, Morgan, Andrew.

SUBS: Beresford, Perry, Goodall, Talbot.

BOOOKED: Emanuel, Robinson.

ORIENT: Nelson, Demetriou, Saah, Palmer, Oji, Chambers, Purches, Terry, Ibehre, Gray, Boyd (Thornton 81).

SUBS: Mkwandawire, Thelwell, Melligan, Corden.

BOOKED: Demetriou, Oji, Gray.

GOALS: Ibehre 26.


The O’s will be forced into at least one change with goalkeeper Alex Cisak away on international duty with Australia, while Mathieu Baudry is a major doubt having limped off in the win over Bristol Rovers at the weekend. The likes of Scott Kashket, Ollie Palmer and Blair Turgott who have impressed off the bench, may well feature from the off.

BETTING (odd from Football League sponsors SkyBet at the time of preview)

Both sides are 13/8 to win tomorrow’s encounter, while the draw is 12/5.

In the first goalscorer market Craig Mackail-Smith leads the way for Luton at 11/2, followed by Paul Benson and Jack Marriott who are 6/1 and 13/2 respectively.

For Orient Paul McCallum is available at 11/2 with fellow strikers Ollie Palmer and Jay Simpson 6/1.


Not able to make it to the game tomorrow? Follow coverage of the game on the O’s official Twitter feed. If you are looking for audio coverage, follow BBC’s London Dave Victor on Orient PlayerHD. 

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