Leyton Orient will be looking to record back-to-back wins when they host Accrington Stanley. Ian Hendon’s side returned to winning ways last weekend when they ran out 1-0 victors away at Morecambe, courtesy of Jack Payne’s fortuitous first half goal.
The victory moved Orient closer to the automatic promotion places, as they are now only a point behind Oxford who sit in third.
Accrington Stanley travel to the Matchroom Stadium for the first time in their history this weekend and only a point separates the teams, with John Coleman’s side behind Orient in seventh.
Last weekend saw Accrington bounce back from successive defeats at Plymouth and at home to AFC Wimbledon when they defeated Dagenham & Redbridge 3-1.
Seamus Conneely got Stanley off to a brilliant start when he fired home inside the opening two minutes, before Matty Pearson doubled their lead in first half stoppage time after getting on the end of Josh Windass’ corner.
Accrington then started again well after the restart and Windass this time turned scorer on the 49th minute, although there was to be no clean sheet as Nyron Nosworthy pulled a goal back for the Daggers just after the hour mark.
THE LAST TIME WE MET
Tomorrow will be the first-ever meeting between the sides!
Ian Hendon has no fresh injury concerns going into this weekend, and the only confirmed absentee is striker Paul McCallum as he continues to recover following knee surgery earlier on this month.
A number of first team players featured in the O’s 2-1 Development League defeat at home to AFC Bournemouth in the week, and midfielder Lloyd James is pushing for a start after opening the scoring with a 20-yard strike.
Accrington will be without defender Adam Buxton who has been ruled out with a hip injury. The 23-year-old had to be substituted after only nine minutes in last weekend’s win at home to Dagenham & Redbridge, and is now expected to miss up to four weeks. Gerardo Bruna also joins Buxton on the sidelines.
The visitors will have Dean Winnard available once again however after the defender missed their last outing due to illness. Meanwhile, Liam Wakefield and Tom Davies could also return for Stanley after shaking off respective knocks.
Leyton Orient have been made the favourites going into the weekend priced at 17/20 to win, while Accrington Stanley are priced at 3/1 and a draw can be found at 13/5.
Jack Payne opened his O’s account last weekend with the only goal at Morecambe, and the midfielder can be backed at 10/1 to open the scoring again.
Orient have averaged two goals a game during their opening seven home matches and a 2-0 win for Ian Hendon’s side is 17/2.
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