The O’s will be hoping to make it two home wins in the space of six days against an in-form Cambridge United at the Matchroom Stadium tomorrow afternoon (1pm kick-off).
Andy Edwards’ side picked up a 3-2 Boxing Day win at home to Crawley Town with a brace for Paul McCallum and one on his first senior start for 17-year-old Sam Dalby.
A Teddy Mezague own goal after the break and a strike from Enzio Boldewijn ensured a nervy finale, but Orient ground out an all-important victory.
The win moved the O’s up to 19th in the League Two table and will be hoping to build on that and record a third successive home win.
Shaun Derry’s Cambridge head into the game on the back of a five-game unbeaten run which sees them currently occupy the final play-off spot with 34 points to their name.
Their latest success was a 2-1 win at Stevenage where Piero Mingoia’s 82nd minute strike sealed all three points.
Leon Legge had headed them into a 21st minute lead, before Ben Kennedy levelled matters going into half time for the hosts.
Cambridge are also a good side on their travels, losing just three of their away games at Colchester United (2-0), Doncaster Rovers (1-0) and Plymouth Argyle (2-1), which all came before the end of September.
On the road they have picked up wins at Newport County (2-1), Exeter City (2-1), Crawley Town (3-1), Notts County (1-0) and Stevenage (2-1).
AHEAD OF THE GAME
Assistant Manager Danny Webb ahead of the New Year’s Eve encounter – here
Midfielder Gavin Massey on facing Cambridge United – here
Defender Callum Kennedy remains a doubt for the O’s following his groin injury picked up in the 1-0 loss at Wycombe Wanderers.
Striker Ollie Palmer returned to the matchday squad having recovered from a dead leg, while Harry Cornick remains back at parent club AFC Bournemouth. Midfielder Liam Kelly is progressing well in his recovery from a torn hamstring.
SKY BET BETTING (correct at the time of writing)
Cambridge United are 7/5 favourites to make it six wins on the spin when they make the trip to the Matchroom Stadium, with the O’s 2/1 to make it a third home win on the spin. The draw can be backed at 11/5.
Paul McCallum netted twice for the O’s in the 3-2 win over Crawley Town and he is 6/1 to break the deadlock, while Gavin Massey is 8/1 to net his fourth goal of the season.
Luke Berry has already hit 13 goals this season and leads the U’s first goalscorer market at 9/2, followed by striker Uche Ikpeazu at 11/2.
Match report and reaction following the game will appear on leytonorient.com.