PREVIEW: Scunthorpe (A)

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Leyton Orient will be looking to overcome Scunthorpe United this evening to book their place in the FA Cup Third Round and set up a tie at Premier League champions Chelsea.

Saturday saw the O’s extend their unbeaten run to five matches with their draw at Mansfield Town.

Jay Simpson registered his 16th goal of the season with a header after 12 minutes, though Orient were denied all three points when Reggie Lambe equalised for the hosts five minutes before half time.

Scunthorpe sit 14th in League One and come into the tie on the back of a 1-1 draw at Port Vale.

Captain Jack King put the Iron ahead on the 36th minute, but their lead was to last only nine minutes as AJ Leitch-Smith levelled on the stroke of half time.


Scunthorpe United 1-2 Leyton Orient  


Leyton Orient ran out 2-1 victors when they travelled to Scunthorpe last September.

Scott Cuthbert headed the O’s into a third minute lead as they went into the break with a one-goal advantage. Matt Sparrow bagged a 49th minute equaliser for the hosts however Jobi McAnuff opened his Orient account with what proved to be the winning goal two minutes later.


Frazer Shaw could return to the starting XI this evening having been an unused substitute at Mansfield.

The 20-year-old was replaced by Queens Park Rangers loanee Cole Kpekawa due to having a slight knock, but with Kpekawa cup-tied Shaw is likely to regain his spot.

Connor Essam returned to the matchday squad on the weekend and is set to feature once again, while Ollie Palmer and Bradley Pritchard look to try and work their way back into the starting line-up.

The O’s are also boosted by not having any fresh injury concerns from the draw at Mansfield, though Sammy Moore continues to be sidelined along with long-term absentees Dean Cox and Paul McCallum. 

BETTING (Odds correct at the time of preview) 

Leyton Orient can be backed to secure their place in the FA Cup Third Round inside 90 minutes at 21/10, while Scunthorpe are priced as the favourites at 5/4.

The O’s last visit to Glanford Park ended in a 2-1 victory and a repeat scoreline can be backed at 10/1.

All of Jay Simpson’s 16 goals have come in League Two this season but the striker is 11/2 to score the first goal tonight and open his account in this year’s FA Cup.


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