Leyton Orient will be looking to book their place in the FA Cup third round this weekend when they host Scunthorpe United.
The O’s go into the tie on a three-match unbeaten run following Saturday’s draw at home to AFC Wimbledon.
Ian Hendon’s side took a 10th minute lead when Jay Simpson registered his 15th goal of the season, but were forced to play the final thirty minutes with 10-men after John Marquis was shown a second yellow card. Adebayo Akinfenwa then equalised for the Dons ten minutes from time to claim a share of the spoils.
Scunthorpe arrive in E10 on the back of a 4-0 home defeat against Peterborough United.
The Iron, who are 14th in League One, fell behind on the fourth minute when Conor Washington fired the visitors ahead. Michael Bostwick then doubled the Posh’s advantage from the penalty spot early in the second half before Washington found the net again twice in the final minutes to seal his hat-trick.
QUOTES – Head Coach Ian Hendon
“As I keep on saying every week it is going to be a tough game. As long as we put in a performance and work hard as we have been doing then we will give ourselves a chance of progressing to the third round.
“We all want to be in the third round, but there is a lot of hard work to be done before that. It is a good competition to be involved in and one that we want to progress in so we are looking forward to the game. It will be a test of how far we have comeover the course of the season so far.”
HOW BOTH SIDES HAVE FARED….FA CUP FIRST ROUND
Leyton Orient 6-1 Staines Town
The O’s sealed an emphatic victory in the FA Cup first round as they hit non-league side Staines for six.
Orient raced into a 3-0 advantage after only 13 minutes thanks to Ollie Palmer’s brace either side of a Dean Cox strike, though Staines did pull a goal back through former O Darren Purse. Cox then restored the hosts three-goal advantage with a 30-yard free-kick before half time, and the rout was completed late on when John Marquis and Sean Clohessy bagged their first goals for the Club.
Scunthorpe United 2-1 Southend United
Paddy Madden scored twice as Scunthorpe overcame League One rivals Southend in the FA Cup round.
Madden fired the Iron into a 16th minute lead at Glanford Park, but the lead was not to last for long as Ryan Leonard equalised before the break. With 12 minutes remaining Madden was on hand again however as he popped up with the winning goal to set up a second round tie with the O’s.
John Marquis serves a one-match suspension following his dismissal against AFC Wimbledon last weekend. The forward was booked in both halves and as a result will miss out tomorrow.
QPR loanee Cole Kpekawa is cup-tied, which could allow captain Mathieu Baudry to return to the side having come on as a substitute in the draw against Wimbledon.
Meanwhile, Dean Cox underwent knee surgery in the week and Paul McCallum continues his rehabilitation while Connor Essam edges closer to a return.
For Scunthorpe, Neal Bishop misses out after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the loss to Peterborough United last weekend, while Wolves loanee Tommy Rowe is cup tied.
Former O Stephen Dawson remains out injured as does ex-Orient loanee Jamie Ness. They are joined on the treatment table by David Mirfin (hamstring).
BETTING (Odds correct at the time of preview)
The O’s go into the FA Cup encounter available at 6/4 for the victory, while Scunthorpe United are 13/8. The draw is 12/5.
Jay Simpson is both Orient’s and League Two’s top goalscorer and he is 9/2 to score the first goal tomorrow, while fellow striker Ollie Palmer is 6/1.
Paddy Madden leads the way for the Iron and can be backed at 5/1 to score the first goal, with former Orient striker Darius Henderson priced at 13/2 alongside Luke Williams.
Not able to make it tomorrow? Follow coverage of the game on the O’s official Twitter feed or keep up with every kick over on the Orient Wall. If you are looking for audio coverage, you can listen to commentary from BBC London’s Dave Victor on Orient PlayerHD.
Following the match head to leytonorient.com for match report and reaction.