PREVIEW: Eastleigh (H)

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Saturday’s draw against FC Halifax Town ensured the O’s took a point in the right direction as the race for the National League title draws to a dramatic climax.

Josh Koroma’s wonderful strike second before the half-time whistle put the O’s on the right track after falling two goals behind The Shaymen. Matt Harrold struck for the sixth time in all competitions in injury time to secure a point.

Eastleigh were on the end of a defeat last time out, fellow promotion hopefuls AFC Fylde won 4-2 in an exciting fixture at Mill Farm.

Eastleigh were two goals ahead after 15 minutes, but Daniel Bradley halved the deficit five minutes later. The Spitfires missed the chance to stretch their lead when leading scorer Paul McCallum missed from the spot.

Despite the visitors leading at the break, AFC Fylde came out and drew level within five minutes of the restart. Nick Haughton and Alex Reid furthered Fylde’s lead to 4 after 77 minutes.

The last time we met Eastleigh was back in October 2018, Macauley Bonne tapped home after 66 minutes to secure a point for the O’s in Hampshire, following Josh Hare’s first half header opening the scoring.

TEAM NEWS

Head Coach Justin Edinburgh will be boosted by the return of Marvin Ekpiteta who is available having served his one game suspension following a red card at Bromley last week.

Jobi McAnuff will need to be assessed ahead of tonight while Jamie Turley is still a week away from fitness.

Jordan Maguire-Drew and Sam Ling were both involved in the match day squad last time out and will hope to play more of a part tonight.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Tonight’s referee is Christopher Pollard, he will be assisted by Darin Geary, Gary Jerden and Michael Begley. Pollard has taken charge of the Os on two occasions this season, the first came in our 1-0 win against Boreham Wood back in August 2018. The second came in our goalless draw against Aldershot Town at The Breyer Group stadium back in November 2018. So far this term Pollard has dished out 41 yellow cards and 4 penalties in 14 National League fixtures.

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COVERAGE

Can’t make the game? Follow live updates through the official Twitter feed, or listen to audio commentary from BBC Radio London’s Dulcet Dave.

Audio commentary will be available through the match centre which will appear at the top of the leytonorient.com homepage, with commentary starting 30 minutes before kick-off.

Match report and reaction following the game will appear on leytonorient.com.