PREVIEW: Hartlepool United (A)

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Leyton Orient travel to Hartlepool United tomorrow as they look to build on their 6-1 FA Cup victory over Staines Town last weekend.

The O’s trip at Victoria Park will be televised live on Sky Sports, with a 12.15pm kick-off.

Following Saturday’s results Ian Hendon’s side continue to occupy the final Play-Off spot in 7th, and a win tomorrow could move them up to 4th and two points behind 3rd place Northampton Town.

Hartlepool however find themselves at the other end of the table and currently sit 19th in League Two.

The Pools are without a win in their previous three League outings, though Ronnie Moore’s side returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory at home to Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup First Round last weekend.

Kudus Oyenuga’s strike on the stroke of half time proved to be the difference in a closely-fought encounter, and was enough to set up a second round trip to non-league side Salford City.


A reminder to fans that tickets are only available from Hartlepool United on the day and are at a reduced price of: 

Adult                £10 

Over 60s/Under 19s/Students     £5


Midfielder Dean Cox has been ruled out for the trip to Victoria Park after sustaining a knee injury in training.

Cox joins defender Connor Essam on the sidelines who is expected to be out for a further six weeks, while striker Paul McCallum continues to recover from knee surgery.

Bradley Pritchard returns however having served a one-match suspension last weekend, though goalkeeper Alex Cisak is away on international duty with Australia.

The Pools will be boosted by the return of Carl Magnay following the completion of a six-match suspension, as well as Scott Harrison who has shaken off a hamstring problem.

Magnus Okuonghae has also overcome an ankle injury although captain Billy Paynter will undergo a further assessment on an Achilles injury ahead of Sunday’s encounter.


Leyton Orient have been made the favourites going into the weekend, priced at 4/5 to win, while Hartlepool are priced at 100/30 and a draw can be found at 13/5. 

Jay Simpson continues to top the League Two scoring charts and is priced at 4/1 to score the first goal on Sunday. John Marquis opened his O’s account against Staines last Saturday and can be backed at 15/8 to score on Sunday at any time.

Hartlepool’s Billy Paynter is the favourite from the hosts to open the scoring at 13/2, while Scott Fenwick is priced at 15/2.


Not able to make it tomorrow? Follow coverage of the game on the O’s official Twitter feed. If you are looking for audio coverage, you can listen to commentary from BBC London’s Mark Taylor on Orient PlayerHD. 

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