PREVIEW: Cambridge United (H)

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Leyton Orient will be looking to round the week off with a third successive victory tomorrow as they host Cambridge United.

Jay Simpson’s penalty five minutes from time against Newport County on Tuesday night ensured Kevin Nolan tasted victory in his first home game as player-manager, while the O’s secured back-to-back victories for the first time since August.

Cambridge currently sit midtable in League Two, four points off the Play-Offs in 12th.

However, Shaun Derry’s side arrive in E10 yet to record a win in 2016 – losing two of their four fixtures since the turn of the year.

Last weekend saw the U’s claim a share of the spoils at home to Hartlepool United thanks to Ben Williamson’s dramatic equaliser in stoppage time.

Jake Gray had put the visitors ahead with a 71st minute strike, but Williamson scored in the closing minutes at the Abbey Stadium to snatch a point.


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Cambridge United 1


League Two

A goal from Orient defender Matt Lockwood 18 minutes from time looked to have put the home side on course for victory.

Cambridge United levelled three minutes later through Tes Bramble, but it was not enough for the U’s to avoid being relegated to the Conference at the end of the season, as they finished bottom with 30 points after having 10 deducted for entering financial administration.

The O’s remained in 13th place following the draw and finished the season in 11th, nine points off the Play-Offs.

Orient: Harrison, Miller, Zakuani, Mackie, Lockwood, McMahon (Barnard 87), Carlisle (Youngs 64), Simpson, Scott (Duncan 78), Alexander, Steele

Subs: Morris, Palmer

Goal: Lockwood (72)


Kevin Nolan could name an unchanged side following two wins on the trot, though could opt to hand defender his Shaun Brisley his debut after securing his services on loan for the rest of the season.

The O’s also have Alan Dunne back in training following a groin strain, though Queens Park Rangers loanee Cole Kpekawa remains out with a foot injury.

Paul McCallum and Dean Cox continue their rehabilitation from respective knee ligament injuries, while Lloyd James continues to recover from an Achilles injury.

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

Orient are 21/20 favourites for tomorrow’s match against Cambridge United, while the visitors can be backed at 12/5. The draw is available at 5/2.

The O’s have recorded clean sheets in both matches under Kevin Nolan, and are priced at 11/4 to win to nil tomorrow.

Jay Simpson has found the back of the net in his previous two outings, and can be found at 4/1 to open the scoring on Saturday afternoon.


Not able to make it today? Follow coverage of the game on the O’s official Twitter feed and Orient Wall. If you are looking for audio coverage, you can listen to commentary from BBC London’s Dave Victor on Orient PlayerHD.

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