PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Luton Town

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Leyton Orient will be hoping to end a three-game week with success against Luton Town tomorrow.

The O’s followed Saturday’s 2-0 win over Crawley Town with a 2-2 draw at Carlisle United on Tuesday night.

Macauley Gillesphey’s free-kick put the Cumbrians in front at half time, but strikers Jay Simpson and Ollie Palmer helped turn things in the O’s favour.

However, Orient had to settle for a point at Brunton Park when Michael Raynes’ header late on saw the game end all square.

Luton head into the game on the back of a three-game winning run, with the latest being a 1-0 victory over Morecambe in midweek as Jack Marriott’s second-half strike secured the win for the Hatters.

Nathan Jones’ side currently sit in 11th place in the table, but sit just six points behind the O’s going into the encounter at the Matchroom Stadium


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League One

Orient held off a second half fightback to beat struggling Luton thanks to goals either side of the interval from Adam Boyd and Andy Barcham.

Luton keeper Dean Brill gifted the home side the lead when he lost possession to Charlie Daniels who set up Boyd to put Orient ahead six minutes before the break.

On-loan striker Barcham extended Orient’s lead 10 minutes after the interval with his first goal for the club after collecting Boyd’s pass.

Keith Keane pulled a goal back for the Hatters midway through the second half, but Matthew Spring and Drew Talbot had efforts well saved by Orient keeper Stuart Nelson as Luton pushed for an equaliser.

The O’s ended the season in 14th place, while Luton finished bottom and were relegated to League Two.

Leyton Orient: Nelson, Oji, Mkandawire, Saah, Daniels, Terry, Demetriou, Thornton, Chambers, Barcham (Echanomi 59), Boyd. Subs: Morris, Palmer, Melligan, Corden.

Goals: Boyd (28), Barcham (55)

Luton Town: Brill, Goodall (Emanuel 85), Hutchison, Perry, Keane, Currie, Robinson (Furlong 60), Spring, Bell, Talbot, Andrew (Morgan 60).

Subs: Beresford, Jackson. Goal: Keane (67) Booked: Robinson (28), Perry (50).

Referee: Paul Armstrong

Attendance: 5,516


Jobi McAnuff and Armand Gnanduillet are both doubts for the O’s as they head into tomorrow’s fixture with Luton Town.

McAnuff has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, while Gnanduillet was absent from the matchday squad at Carlisle United.

Fellow midfielder Lloyd James continues to step up his recovery from an Achilles injury, and will be hoping to force his way back into first-team contention soon.

Dean Cox and Paul McCallum are both still absent following knee ligament injuries, but are well on their way to making a full recovery with Cox set to start running on grass over the next few days.

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

In-form Leyton Orient welcome Luton Town to Brisbane Road on Saturday and Football League sponsors Sky Bet make the hosts even-money favourites.

Luton have put themselves in position to challenge for the play-offs with a decent run of recent form and are 5/2 to pick up all three points.

The reverse fixture back in October finished in a 1-1 draw and that’s 5/1 favourite in the correct score market, while backing Orient to prevail by exactly a one-goal margin pays 3/1.


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