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English Football League - League Two
Leyton Orient
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PREVIEW: Cambridge United (A)

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Leyton Orient travel to Cambridge United tomorrow as they look to bounce back from their first League Two defeat of the season.

Despite having won each of their five opening fixtures, the O’s saw their 100 per cent record come to an abrupt end last Saturday as they fell to a 4-0 defeat at Exeter City.

The loss in Devon was the first time Ian Hendon had seen his side lose a league fixture since his appointment and tomorrow’s trip to the Abbey Stadium will be the perfect opportunity to return to winning ways.

Cambridge United come into the match in eighth place but will be looking to end a run of four matches without a victory in all competitions.

The U’s tasted defeat last weekend as they lost 3-1 to Luton Town. Leon Legge cancelled out Luke Gutteridge’s 21st minute opener but Richard Money’s side were then dealt a huge blow midway through the second half when Harrison Dunk was sent-off. The dismissal was to prove costly as two minutes later Luke Wilkinson put the visitors ahead before Danny Green sealed the win six minutes from time.

The defeat followed on the back of a 2-0 reverse at home to Dagenham & Redbridge in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the start of September.


Leyton Orient 1 Cambridge United 1 12.03.05 League Two

The O’s were held to a draw the last time they played Cambridge United. Matt Lockwood gave Martin Ling’s side the lead on the 72nd minute but the visitors responded immediately as Tes Bramble equalised three minutes later to claim a share of the spoils.

ORIENT: Harrison, Miller, Zakuani, Mackie, Lockwood, Carlisle (Youngs 64), McMahon (Barnard 87), Simpson, Scott (Duncan 78), Alexander, Steele

SUBS: Morris, Palmer


The O’s welcome back goalkeeper Alex Cisak for the trip to Cambridge. Cisak has missed the previous two fixtures at Luton Town and Exeter due to being on international duty with the Australian National Team, but has since linked back up with the Club.

Defender Frazer Shaw will be looking to regain his place in the starting line-up having dropped to the bench last weekend, while deadline day signing Jack Payne could make his Orient debut.

Cambridge will be without several players this weekend. Midfielder Harrison Dunk will miss the match due to suspension, while fellow winger Ryan Donaldson is set for a short spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury last weekend.

Keith Keane and Jeff Hughes remain unavailable due to injury while former Orient defender Elliot Omozusi is a doubt along with forward Barry Corr.

BETTING (Odds provided by Football League sponsors Sky Bet and correct at the time of preview)

Leyton Orient are favourites to get the better of hosts Cambridge and are 23/20 with Sky Bet to continue their excellent start to the season with another three points.

The league leaders have won five times already but will have to bounce back from a surprise 4-0 reverse last weekend at Exeter against a side who are 23/10 with the draw 12/5.

Jay Simpson leads the way with four goals and is 5/1 to open the scoring here.


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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