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PREVIEW: Portsmouth (A)

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Leyton Orient will be hoping to bounce back with a positive result this weekend as they travel to Portsmouth.

Last Saturday saw Kevin Nolan suffer a first defeat since taking the role as player-manager, as Cambridge United won 3-1 at the Matchroom Stadium.

Ben Williamson netted in either half for the U’s, and although Armand Gnanduillet pulled one back with his first goal for the O’s, Jimmy Spencer completed the scoring for Shaun Derry’s side.

Portsmouth are currently fifth in League Two and two points ahead of the O’s, though conceded a late equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Morecambe on Tuesday night.

Gareth Evans had given Paul Cook’s side the lead five minutes before half time, but with the match deep into added time Pompey were dealt a sucker blow as Shrimps goalkeeper Barry Roche headed home from a corner in the 94th minute.


Portsmouth 2

Leyton Orient 3


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Leyton Orient edged a five-goal thriller the last time the sides met on the South Coast.

Kevin Lisbie ensured the O’s went into the break a goal to the good thanks to his 32nd minute strike, and Moses Odubajo doubled the advantage moments after the restart.

Izale McLeod pulled a goal back from the penalty spot for Portsmouth on the 57th minute, but Lisbie was to convert a spot kick of his own five minutes later to restore the two-goal lead.

Scott Allan responded immediately with another goal for Pompey, but despite a tense final period Orient were able to hold on for the victory.

Orient: Allsop, Odubajo, Chorley, Clarke (Baudry 72), Sawyer, Cox (Smith 77), Rowlands, James, Cook (Griffith 86), Lisbie, Mooney

Subs: Jones, McSweeney, Symes, Brunt

Goals: Lisbie (32 & 62 pen) Odubajo (51)


Player-manager Kevin Nolan could make several changes to the Orient side this weekend.

The O’s boss signed three defenders during the January transfer window, and could hand debuts to any of Shaun Brisley, Nicky Hunt or Jerome Binnom-Williams.

Striker Armand Gnanduillet netted his first Orient goal in last weekend’s defeat to Cambridge, and could be pushing for a first start at Fratton Park. All three of the 23-year-old’s appearances have come from the bench thus far. 

Meanwhile, midfielder Sammy Moore returned to the matchday squad last Saturday and is set to be involved once again.

Paul McCallum stepped up his rehabilitation programme this week as he continues to eye a return to action by the end of March, while Dean Cox and Lloyd James both continue to recover from long-term injuries.

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

Leyton Orient could not make it three wins on the trot as they were beaten 3-1 at home to Cambridge last time – they are 11/4 with Sky Bet to get back on the winning path on the road at Portsmouth.

The hosts can be backed at even money with the draw on offer at 12/5. Jay Simpson has two goals in his last three games and is 5/1 to open the scoring and 15/8 in the anytime market.


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