Leyton Orient host Carlisle United this evening at The Matchroom Stadium as they look to return back to the top of League Two.
Following Dean Cox’s dramatic 96th minute equaliser at Northampton Town on Saturday, the O’s dropped down to third place as both Portsmouth and Wycombe leapfrogged Ian Hendon’s side.
Carlisle visit E10 on the back of a disappointing loss at home to Newport County on the weekend and currently lie mid-table in 12th spot.
Tyler Blackwood’s 68th minute header was enough to condemn the Cumbrians to only their second League defeat of the season last time out having lost out to Premier League side Liverpool on penalties in the Capital One Cup last Wednesday.
THE LAST TIME WE MET
Leyton Orient 4 Carlisle United 0 11.01.14 Sky Bet League One
Orient put on a stirring display as they ran out resounding winners at Brisbane road to hold on to their automatic-promotion spot in League One.
Defender Scott Cuthbert’s powerful header sent O’s into the break with a deserved lead before substitute and home-debutant Jamie Ness fired in a 25-yard drive to double their advantage just two minutes after the restart. Kevin Lisbie grabbed his 13th of the season on 66 minutes before loanee Shaquile Coulthirst rounded off a great afternoon’s work in the dying seconds.
ORIENT: Jakupovic, Cuthbert, Baudry, Clarke, Omozusi, Odubajo, James, Bartley (Ness, 32), Cox, Simpson (Coulthirst 84), Lisbie (Loza 73)
SUBS: Larkins, Sawyer, Lee, Lasimant
Orient will be without striker Paul McCallum who is ruled out with a knee injury. The forward came on as a second-half substitute at Northampton but landed awkwardly inside the Cobblers penalty area resulting in him needing to be stretchered off.
The O’s will also be without defender Joe Maguire, who has now returned to parent-club Liverpool following the completion of his one-month loan.
Carlisle manager Keith Curle will have to deal without top scorer Jabo Ibehre who was forced off early on at the weekend with a hamstring injury.
The former Orient man has 10 goals to his name already this campaign, but now joins fellow striker Charlie Wyke on the treatment table.
BETTING (Odds provided by Football League sponsors Sky Bet and correct at the time of preview)
Leyton Orient can be backed at 8/13 to get back to winning ways this evening and are the favourites going into the clash. Meanwhile, a Carlisle victory can be found at 9/2 and a draw is priced at 14/5.
Top scorer Jay Simpson has found the net in all four of the O’s home matches this season and the striker can be backed at 7/2 to open the scoring tonight. For the Cumbrians Derek Asamoah is 8/1 to bag the first goal.
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