PREVIEW: Wycombe Wanderers (H)

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Leyton Orient return to The Matchroom Stadium tomorrow when they entertain Wycombe Wanderers and look to maintain their 100 per cent home record.

Last Saturday saw the O’s draw for the first time in League Two this season at Cambridge as Jay Simpson scored his fifth goal of the season to claim a share of the spoils.

On the back of the draw Orient Head Coach Ian Hendon will be hoping his side can return to winning ways this weekend having won all three of their home matches so far without conceding a goal.

Wycombe, who are only two points behind the O’s in fourth, suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend at home to Plymouth Argyle.

Goals from Reuben Reid and Jake Jervis either side of Jason Bantom’s equaliser ensured the Pilgrims became the first side to condemn Wanderers to a League defeat this campaign.


Wycombe 4 Leyton Orient 2 06.03.12 League One

Leyton Orient had a night to forget the last time these sides met as they conceded four first-half goals. Stuart Beavon gave Wycombe the lead after seven minutes before Paul Hayes, Matt Bloomfield and Ben Strevens all added goals of their own. Following the break Matt Spring scored immediately to pull a goal back and Marc Laird added a second for Russell Slade’s side on the 74th minute.

ORIENT: Rachubka, Leacock (Ben Youssef 31), Chorley, Forbes, McSweeney, Smith (Porter 68), Spring, Laird, Cox, Andrew, Lisbie

SUBS: Lovelock, Lobjoit, Mooney


Midfielder Dean Cox could return to the starting line-up this weekend having only made the bench at Cambridge. The O’s longest-serving player had missed training in the build up to the clash due to fatigue, while Jack Payne made his Orient debut at the Abbey Stadium last Saturday and will be hoping to hold on to his starting spot but competition for places in midfield is high, while winger Blair Turgott is a doubt after picking up a niggle in training this week.

Wycombe striker Paul Hayes missed last weekend’s defeat to Plymouth but Gareth Ainsworth will be hoping to have him back as he looks to have overcome his injury.

Sam Wood will undergo a fitness test tomorrow to assess a knee injury but Wanderers will be without Anthony Stewart who has been ruled out until the Christmas period.

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

Having won five on the spin earlier in the season, Ian Hendon will be hoping his side can snap a three-game stretch without a victory and they are odds-on at home at 10/11 with Sky Bet for three points.

High-flying Wycombe can be supported at 3/1 with the draw 5/2 as the visitors try to bounce back themselves from a 2-1 home defeat to Plymouth.


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