The O’s will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways and secure their spot in the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy with victory tonight at Brighton & Hove Albion under-21s.
Alberto Cavasin’s side were dumped out of the FA Cup with a 6-0 First Round defeat at highflying League One side Sheffield United as a second half hat-trick from Harry Chapman and one each for Chris Basham, Stefan Scougall and Kieron Freeman sealed victory for the O’s.
A win over the Seagulls will see Orient progress to the regionalised second round, and could still finish top of Group H dependant on the result of the other game in the group – Stevenage v Southend United.
Last time out in the Checkatrade Trophy the O’s lost out 1-0 to Southend, with Marc-Antoine Fortune’s second half strike enough for the Shrimpers to take all three points in Cavasin’s first game as manager.
So far in the group stages, Brighton lost out 2-0 at Southend United, before drawing 2-2 with Stevenage and then winning the subsequent penalty shoot-out to leave them on two points going into tonight’s fixture.
O’s boss Alberto Cavasin is set to make the maximum number of six changes to the side for tonight’s trip to the Amex Stadium.
Midfielders Michael Collins and Zan Benedicic could be handed their first starts for the club, whilst Jens Janse, Jordan Bowery and Paul McCallum are pushing for spots back in the starting XI having come off the bench in the defeat at Sheffield United.
Orient will however be without a number of first-team players through injury, with Ollie Palmer unlikely to feature after limping off in the first half at Bramall Lane with a dead leg.
Defender Yvan Erichot remains sidelined with a groin injury, and fellow Frenchman Ulrich Nnomo misses out with an ankle injury after being stretchered off in the 2-0 home loss to Crewe Alexandra.
In addition, winger Harry Cornick continues to receive treatment on a groin injury at parent club AFC Bournemouth having sustained the problem in the O’s draw at Barnet back in October, while vice-captain Liam Kelly remains a long-term absentee having recently had surgery on his torn hamstring picked up in the 2-1 home defeat to Luton Town.
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