PREVIEW: Crawley Town (H)

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Leyton Orient host Crawley Town at the Matchroom Stadium tomorrow as they look to build on last weekend’s victory at Notts County.

Shaun Brisley’s 76th minute strike ensured the O’s remained within touching distance of the Play-Offs and despite sitting in 10th, Kevin Nolan’s side are only one point off Bristol Rovers in seventh.

Crawley Town arrive in E10 currently 17th in League Two, having suffered relegation like Orient last season.

Mark Yates’ side held Plymouth Argyle to a draw in their last outing, but will be hoping to improve their away form which has only seen them record four victories in the league this campaign.

The Red Devils looked set to taste defeat for a fifth defeat in six matches last Saturday after falling behind to Ryan Brunt’s 57th minute strike, but with seven minutes remaining Shamir Fenelon claimed his first goal for the club to snatch a share of the spoils.


Leyton Orient 4

Crawley Town 1


Sky Bet League One

Fabio Liverani claimed his first win in charge of Leyton Orient as the home side recorded their maiden win against Crawley Town.

Dean Cox opened the scoring with an excellent free kick after just six minutes, but Crawley soon equalised through former O’s man Jimmy Smith.

Cox had a hand in the second goal with an excellent cross for Chris Dagnall to head home and after dominating the second half Orient substitute David Mooney and Dagnall secured the win with powerful finishes from close range in the final three minutes.

ORIENT: Legzdins (Woods 71), Omozusi, Cuthbert, Lowry, Dossena, McAnuff, Vincelot, Wright, Cox (Pritchard 66), Batt (Mooney 26), Dagnall

SUBS: Sawyer, Baudry, Lee, Lisbie

GOALS: Cox (6), Dagnall (20 & 90) Mooney (87)


The O’s could be without influential midfielder Jobi McAnuff tomorrow. The 34-year-old has put in a number of sublime performances in as of late but is a doubt going into the weekend after rolling his ankle in training.

On a positive front however, fellow midfielder Lloyd James has edged even closer to a comeback after returning to training on Thursday following over two months out with an achilles problem.

Dean Cox and Paul McCallum continue to recover from respective knee ligament injuries, with the latter setting hopes on a return to action by the end of March.

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

Leyton Orient are 4/7 favourites going into this weekend, with the visitors Crawley Town out at 9/2. Meanwhile, a draw is priced at 3/1.

The O’s have only won once against the Red Devils in seven attempts when they claimed a 4-1 victory last season, and a repeat scoreline is 25/1.

Jay Simpson scored twice when the sides met at the Stadium earlier on this season, and the divisions top scorer is 100/30 to score the opening goal on Saturday, or 11/10 to score anytime.


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