PREVIEW: Barnet (A)

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Leyton Orient will be looking to end a run of three games without a victory on Saturday when they travel to local rivals Barnet.

Last time out Orient drew 1-1 at York City, and are now one point off the Play-Off places.

The O’s fell behind to Bradley Fewster’s 18th minute strike, and went into the break a goal down after midfielder Jobi McAnuff saw his penalty come back off the post a minute before half time.

However, following an improved second half display Orient equalised when substitute Lloyd James rifled home a shot from the edge of the area with 14 minutes remaining.

Barnet currently sit in 15th place in League Two, but come into the clash having only won one of their previous five matches.

Martin Allen’s side suffered a 4-2 defeat last weekend at Morecambe, finding themselves two goals down inside eight minutes after Shaun Miller had scored inside the opening minute before adding a second from the penalty spot.

Alex Kenyon added a third for the Shrimps three minutes after half time, before Barnet pulled a goal back through striker Michael Gash.

Cole Stockton made it 4-1 on the 88th minute, but Gash was to net another consolation three minutes into stoppage time to reduce the deficit to two.


Barnet 2

Leyton Orient 3


League Two

Tomorrow will be the O’s first visit to the Hive, but ran out 3-2 victors when they last travelled to Barnet in 2006.

Guiliano Grazioli fired the Bee’s ahead in the first minute, but the sides went into the break level after Orient striker Jabo Ibehre levelled five minutes before half time.

Gary Alexander put Martin Ling’s side 2-1 ahead with 15 minutes remaining and added a third a minute before the end which proved to be the wining goal as Grazioli set up a tense final few minutes after pulling a goal back in stoppage time. 

ORIENT: Garner, Miller, Zakuani, Mackie, Lockwood, McMahon, Easton, Simpson, Carlisle, Alexander, Ibehre (Echanomi 83)

SUBS: Morris, Barnard, Keith, Tudor

GOALS: Ibehre (40), Alexander (75 & 89)


Skipper Mathieu Baudry is back available after serving his four-match suspension for his sending off against Oxford United, and featured for just over an hour in the 4-0 Development Leaguw win over Cambridge United on Tuesday afternoon.

Fellow central defender Aron Pollock picked up a facial injury in the encounter and is doubtful, while midfielder Lloyd James is pushing for a start having scored off the bench in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at York City.

Paul McCallum and Dean Cox remain out with knee ligament injuries, but continue to make good progress.

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

Leyton Orient are unbeaten in their last eight games against Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two opponents Barnet, and are even-money to take the three points. The Bees are 11/4, with a draw 12/5.

Barnet have shipped seven goals in their last three home games, and Orient are 6/1 to score exactly three goals on Saturday. It’s 12/1 they get four or more. A 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 away win is 6/1, and it’s evens for over 2.5 goals.


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