PREVIEW: Yeovil Town (H)

access_time 6 years ago

Leyton Orient will be hoping to give the supporters some Christmas joy tomorrow afternoon as they host Yeovil Town at The Matchroom Stadium.

With the O’s only a point off the Play-Off places in ninth, a win on Saturday could see them move back into the top seven depending on results elsewhere.

Tuesday night saw Ian Hendon’s team slip to a 3-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United in their FA Cup Second Round replay to bring a five-match unbeaten run to an end, though Orient remain unbeaten in their last four league fixtures.

Yeovil arrive in E10 currently near the bottom of League Two, occupying one of the relegation places in 23rd with 12 points.

The Glovers, who currently have Darren Way as interim manager, produced a late fightback in their most recent outing to salvage a point at home to Barnet.

Aaron McLean’s brace had given the Bees a two-goal advantage going into the break, and it looked as though Yeovil would be set for their 14th league defeat of the season until striker Francois Zoko scored twice in the final 10 minutes.


Leyton Orient 3-0 Yeovil Town


Sky Bet League One

Two quick-fire goals put Orient on course for a vital win against fellow strugglers Yeovil Town.

Chris Dagnall’s 12th goal of the season started the ball rolling on two minutes, before loanee Ryan Hedges slotted in the second five minutes later.

Orient sealed the win on the hour mark when Jobi McAnuff added a third.

ORIENT: Cisak, O’Neill, Cuthbert, Baudry, Dossena, Hedges (Simpson 76), Bartley (Pritchard 71), Wright, McAnuff, Dagnall, Henderson (Mooney 61)

SUBS: Woods, Clarke, Sawyer, Cox

GOALS: Dagnall (2), Hedges (7), McAnuff (60)


Orient have no fresh injury concerns following their defeat at Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night.

Cole Kpekawa missed the trip to Glanford Park due to being ineligible, and having extended his loan deal by a further month yesterday, will return to the matchday squad this weekend.

Ollie Palmer and Bradley Pritchard both returned to the starting line-up midweek in place of Blair Turgott and John Marquis who will be looking to regain their spots ahead of the visit of Yeovil.

Although still a few weeks away from full fitness, the O’s have also been boosted by the news that midfielder Sammy Moore is ahead of schedule as he continues to recover from a burst blood capsule behind his knee.

Yeovil interim manager Darren Way is hoping to have striker Francois Zoko available this weekend following the Frenchman’s goalscoring exploits last weekend.

Way has also revealed that trio Marc Laird, Kevin Dawson and Jack Compton are all nearing full fitness from injury, though Saturday is likely to be too soon for all three to feature.

BETTING (Odds correct at the time of preview)  

Leyton Orient have been made odds-on favourites to claim a victory on Saturday at 1/2. A draw is priced at 16/5 while a Yeovil win is at 11/2.

The previous three meetings between the sides have ended with a 3-0 scoreline, and at 10/1 you can back the O’s to win by that score tomorrow.

Jay Simpson continued his scintillating form last weekend when he scored his 16th of the season in the 1-1 draw at Mansfield, and the prolific striker is 100/30 to net the opening goal this weekend.

John Marquis and Ollie Palmer are both at 9/2 to score first, while young striker Scott Kashket is out at 8/1.

For Yeovil, Ryan Bird is the favourite to break the deadlock at 8/1, while last weekend’s hero Francois Zoko is 10/1 to score first.


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 for match report and reaction.