PREVIEW: Crawley Town (A)

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Leyton Orient return to their travels this weekend as they look to record their first-ever victory at Crawley Town.

Having returned to winning ways last weekend with a 3-1 victory at home to Notts County, Ian Hendon’s side are back in the automatic promotion places as they sit in 3rd, two points behind League leaders Plymouth Argyle.

Following relegation from League One last season Crawley have struggled thus far, and are currently down in 21st position having recorded only nine points from their opening 11 fixtures.

Last weekend saw Mark Yates’ side denied a point in the dying minutes away to Plymouth. Roarie Deacon looked to have salvaged a draw when he cancelled out Reuben Reid’s opener five minutes from time, but Hiram Boateng had other ideas as he popped up with an 89th minute winner.


Crawley Town 1 Leyton Orient 0 21.05.15 Sky Bet League One

Izale McLeod’s first-half penalty proved to be the difference when these sides came up against each other last season. The striker, who is now at Notts County, brushed himself down after being hauled down by Luke O’Neill to score the only goal of the match.

The defeat came as a crushing blow to Fabio Liverani’s side as it kept them three points off safety with nine games remaining of the League One season, although neither side was to avoid relegation come May.

Orient: Cisak, Cuthbert, Clarke (C), Lowry, Dossena, Hedges, Wright, Bartley (Mooney 66), Cox (McAnuff 70), Dagnall, Henderson (Simpson 70)

Subs: Woods, Baudry, Sawyer, Pritchard


Striker John Marquis could be handed his Orient debut at the stadium tomorrow after joining from Millwall. The 23-year-old made the switch to E10 earlier on today and could go straight into the side this weekend.

The O’s have a slight injury concern with midfielder Sammy Moore who will undergo a fitness test tomorrow, while Alex Cisak is set to continue in goal after being away on international duty with Australia this week.

Crawley may hand Gavin Tomlin his first start of the season after the forward returned from injury during the week. Tomlin came off the bench during their 3-0 defeat by Southend in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday to make his first appearance since undergoing surgery on his groin during the summer.

The Red Devils will however be without trio Freddie Woodman, Liam Donnelly and Josh Yorwerth who are all away on international duty.

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

Leyton Orient are the odds-on favourites to win at struggling Crawley on Saturday afternoon as Sky Bet price up the third-placed O’s at 3/4 for the three points.

Crawley are available at 100/30 to claim victory and the draw is on offer at 14/5, while the match to be level at half-time can be supported at 6/5.

Orient striker Jay Simpson unsurprisingly heads Sky Bet’s first goalscorer market at 4/1. Sammy Moore opened the scoring in last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Notts County and he’s available to back at 9/1 to strike first again this time out.


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