Leyton Orient will be hoping to move back into the Play-Off places this weekend as they travel to Mansfield Town.
Following last weekend’s goalless draw with Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup Ian Hendon’s side are now unbeaten in four matches ahead of their trip to the One Call Stadium.
Mansfield, who currently sit one place above Orient in seventh, found themselves without a game last weekend having lost to Oldham in the FA Cup first round last month. The Stags come into the tie however on the back of a 3-1 victory at Barnet in their previous outing.
Reggie Lambe had given Mansfield a 31st minute lead and their chances of victory were then improved when Barnet’s Jordan Clarke was shown a second yellow card before half time and with the man advantage Matt Green then doubled the Stags lead on the hour.
Mansfield then had to endure a tough final period of the match as John Akinde pulled a goal back for Barnet from the penalty spot before Stags midfielder Chris Clements was given his marching orders on the 86th minute.
The win was secured soon after however as Adam Murray’s side benefitted from a Michael Nelson own goal two minutes from time.
THE LAST TIME WE MET
Mansfield Town 0-1 Leyton Orient
Matt Lockwood’s second half penalty proved to be the difference the last time these sides met back in 2006.
The O’s full-back swept home a 75th minute spot-kick to hand Martin Ling’s side all three points at tField Mill and extend their unbeaten run to four matches.
Leyton Orient will have Cole Kpekawa and John Marquis available for selection once again this weekend.
Kpekawa, on loan from QPR, was unavailable for the FA Cup clash against Scunthorpe last weekend, while Marquis served a one-match suspension following his dismissal in the 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon at the end of November.
Meanwhile, the O’s will also be boosted by the return of defender Connor Essam, who is likely to be included in the matchday squad for the first time since October having recovered from an ankle injury.
Goalkeeper Alex Cisak and striker Jay Simpson, who was this morning named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for November, remain doubts with respective ankle problems.
One player definitely out however will be midfielder Sammy Moore who is expected to be absent for at least another month due to a burst blood capsule behind his knee.
Mansfield will have to cope without midfielder Chris Clements tomorrow as he serves a one-match suspension following his dismissal at Barnet last time out.
The Stags will also be without trio Mal Benning, Corbin Shires and Nicky Hunt who have all been ruled out through injury.
BETTING (Odds correct at the time of preview)
The O’s can be backed at 17/10 to run out victorious this weekend. Mansfield are priced at 13/8 while a draw is 9/4.
Ollie Palmer joined Orient from Mansfield in the summer and the striker can be backed at 13/2 to open the scoring, while he is at 9/4 to score at any time on his first return to One Call Stadium.
Stags top scorer Matt Green is the favourite to score first for the hosts at 11/2, and Craig Westcarr is not far behind at 13/2.
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