PREVIEW: Cheltenham Town (A)

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Leyton Orient will be looking to get their Sky Bet League Two campaign off to a winning start tomorrow when they travel to Cheltenham Town.

The O’s finished eighth in League Two last campaign as they missed out on a play-off place, and Andy Hessenthaler’s side will be keen to improve on that this time round having enjoyed a solid pre-season campaign.

First up for the O’s is a stern test against recently promoted side Cheltenham Town who are managed by Gary Johnson.

Johnson’s side were crowned Conference champions last season having amassed an impressive 101 points, and the Robins will be looking to carry on that momentum starting at Whaddon Road this weekend.


Manager Andy Hessenthaler will check on several players tomorrow morning following a sickness bug that has hampered preparation this week.

A number of first team players such as Alex Cisak, Callum Kennedy, Liam Kelly, Sammy Moore, Dean Cox and Jay Simpson have all fallen victim to the bug, but are hoping to have shrugged it off in time for tomorrow.

Captain Robbie Weir remains a doubt following a knee injury and bout of illness, whilst defenders Nicky Hunt and Aron Pollock could be back in contention after both completing 45 minutes in the 2-2 draw at Greenwich Borough on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, summer signings Tom Parkes, Yvan Erichot and Jordan Bowery could all be in line to make their Orient debuts.


Manager Andy Hessenthaler on tomorrow’s trip to Cheltenham Town – here

Defender Tom Parkes looks ahead to the season opener – here 


Leyton Orient have sold 555 tickets ahead of tomorrow’s fixture. Any uncollected tickets can be collected from Whaddon Road, whilst tickets are available to purchase on the day.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults                   £21.00

Seniors 65+          £15.00

U18 & Students    £7.00

Under 11               Free

BETTING(Odds correct at the time of preview)

Leyton Orient and Cheltenham Town can both be backed to win at 13/8 on Sky Bet, while a draw is priced at 23/10.

The O’s recored a 1-0 victory on their last visit to Whaddon Road, and an identical scoreline can be found at 7/1.

Jay Simpson finished as League Two’s second top scorer last season with 25 goals, and the Orient talisman is 7/2 to open the scoring tomorrow, whilst Jordan Bowery and Armand Gnanduillet are just behind at 13/2.


Not able to make it tomorrow? Follow coverage of the game on the O’s official Twitter feed. 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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