PREVIEW: Exeter City (H)

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Leyton Orient will look to mark their first home game of 2016 with a win tomorrow when they host Exeter City.

Tomorrow will be the O’s first game since January 2, after their match against Newport County was rescheduled due to the Exiles involvment in the FA Cup.

Last time out Ian Hendon’s side salvaged a 2-2 draw at Stevenage when Jay Simpson netted his 20th goal of the season in stoppage time at The Lamex Stadium.

Exeter arrive in E10 15th in League Two, though have not tasted victory in the league since November last year.

Since their win at Mansfield on November 24, the Grecians have gone six league outings without a win, with their latest fixture ended in a draw at Morecambe on Tuesday.

Following a goalless first half it was the hosts who took the lead when Shaun Miller fired home a 49th minute penalty, but Paul Tisdale’s side responded strongly and debutant Jayden Stockley levelled five minutes later to claim a share of the spoils.


Leyton Orient 3 Exeter City 0 


Sky Bet League One

Three goals in the final 25 minutes saw Orient record their first win in four games as Kevin Lisbie took his tally for the season to six with a couple of spot-kicks.

He netted the first following a hand ball by Exeter defender Troy Archibald-Henville on 65 minutes and then set up O’s substitute Jonathan Tehoue, who headed home a second shortly after. Lisbie wrapped things up three minutes from time when substitute George Porter was fouled by Archibald-Henville and referee Andy D’urso again pointed to the spot.

The win saw Orient leap-frog Exeter into 17th place.

Orient: Butcher, McSweeney, Forbes, Cuthbert, Craig, Smith, Dawson, Spring, Cook (Porter 73), Cureton (Tehoue 73), Lisbie

Subs: Clarke, Laird, Mooney


Leyton Orient will be boosted by the return, ahead of schedule, of midfielder Sammy Moore. The 28-year-old has missed the last seven games with a burst blood capsule behind his knee, but is likely to be included in the matchday squad tomorrow.

Captain Mathieu Baudry will serve the final game of his three-match ban following his sending off against Portsmouth on Boxing Day, while Lloyd James remains out (Achilles). Paul McCallum and Dean Cox both remain out long-term with  cruciate knee ligamenet injuries.

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale could make several changes from the side that drew at Morecambe on Tuesday night. With an FA Cup replay at Liverpool next Wednesday, Tisdale could well shuffle the pack and also reinstate Christian Ribiero to the side after the defender was rested at The Globe Arena.

Former Orient loanee Jayden Stockley marked his Grecians debut with a goal in the week, and the 22-year-old will be hoping to have done enough to hold on to a starting spot.

BETTING (Sky Bet Odds correct at the time of preview)

Leyton Orient are 5/6 favourites with Sky Bet to beat Exeter despite just one win in their last nine outings. The visitors earned a replay with Liverpool in the FA Cup but have been in modest form lately in Sky Bet League Two with four losses and a draw since the middle of December. Exeter are 100/30 for three points with another draw trading at 5/2. Orient’s most recent outing saw them record a 2-2 draw – the same scoreline as Exeter v Liverpool – and that outcome is priced up at 14/1.


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