Leyton Orient look to push on from their late comeback at the weekend as they travel to Luton Town for their latest League Two encounter.
Scott Kashket’s stoppage-time equaliser completed a two-goal comeback to snatch a point at home to Oxford United, after a disappointing first half saw the U’s race into a 2-0 lead through Kemar Roofe and John Lundstram.
A much-improved display for O’s after the restart however saw Jay Simpson pull a goal back on the 65th minute before substitute Kashket popped up with his first professional goal to claim a share of the spoils.
Ian Hendon’s side now travel to Kenilworth Road where they come up against Luton, who suffered a 2-1 defeat at Crawley Town on Saturday.
The Hatters made the breakthrough on the 31st minute through Cameron McGheehan, but were unable to hold on as Rhys Murphy equalised for The Reds on the 67th minute before Matt Harrold struck with nine minutes remaining to condemn John Still’s side to their first League defeat in six games.
THE LAST TIME WE MET
Luton Town 2 Leyton Orient 1 02.09.15 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy
A fortuitous goal in the 90th minute saw Luton Town progress to the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy when the sides met back in September.
Danny Green had given the hosts a first half lead with a rasping strike from the corner of the box, but Lloyd James equalised just shy of the hour from the penalty spot after former O’s defender Scott Cuthbert had hauled down Scott Kashket.
Luton striker Jack Marriott was shown a straight-red on the 81st minute for an off-the-ball incident, but as penalties loomed the hosts benefitted from a huge slice of luck when Ryan Hall’s shot deflected off the head of team-mate Stephen O’Donnell and sailed into the far top corner to give Luton the win.
Orient: Grainger, Clohessy (Moncur HT), Essam, Maguire, Shaw, Pritchard, James (Judd 83), Moore, Turgott, Kashket, Palmer (Semedo 87).
Subs: Woods, Adeboyejo
Alan Dunne is available for selection once again after the defender missed the clash against Oxford United due to suspension. The 33-year-old completed a one-match ban following his dismissal in the O’s defeat at Crawley, and is likely to be included in this evening’s squad.
Jack Payne and Ollie Palmer made telling contributions as half-time substitutes at the weekend, and both players could be handed a spot in the starting XI.
Paul McCallum remains the O’s only long-term absentee, and underwent surgery on his right knee yesterday as he continues to recover from crucial ligament damage.
Luton manager John Still could make several changes to the side that lost at Crawley on Saturday, but one player he will be without is Steve McNulty who joined Tranmere Rovers on loan yesterday.
Despite losing McNulty, the Hatters welcome back Paddy McCourt and Scott Griffiths who both missed out at the weekend, though Paul Benson is likely to be ruled out with a neck injury despite returning to training.
A reminder to fans that the game is ALL TICKET.
This means there will be NO CASH TURNSTILES in operation at Kenilworth Road, although fans have until 2.30pm to purchase their tickets either online at lofcdirect.co.uk or in person at The Matchroom Stadium.
Any uncollected purchases at this time will then be taken to Kenilworth Road for collection, but please do not make the trip if you have not already purchased a ticket.
BETTING (Odds provided by Football League sponsors Sky Bet and correct at the time of preview)
Leyton Orient are 6/4 to maintain their promotion bid with a victory at Luton Town, who are 17/10 on home soil, while they are 23/10 to come away with a point.
Orient have only managed one win from their last eight Sky Bet League Two games having started the season with five victories out of six but they will be looking for a return to form against a side that have taken just one point from their last three outings.
There have been three 1-1 draws in Orient’s previous seven – a repeat of that scoreline is 5/1 – while the ‘both teams to score’ bet would have come in on all games in that run and also in Luton’s last five. It’s 8/13 to happen again on Tuesday night.
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