PREVIEW: Brighton U21 (H)

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THE LEASING.COM TROPHY GROUP STAGE COMES TO AN END AS LEYTON ORIENT WELCOME BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION U21’S ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT (7:45PM KICK-OFF).

A positive result could see the O’s confirm progression to the last 32 of the competition, however, both Southend and Wimbledon could pip Carl Fletcher’s side to qualification to the knock-out stage with a positive result of their own.

Southend United host Wimbledon on the 13th of November.

TEAM NEWS

Carl Fletcher may look to rotate the O’s on Wednesday night, allowing players with few minutes on the pitch opportunity to showcase their skills.

Following the trip to Morecambe at the weekend, the Gaffer said:

“I think it will be an opportunity to get some of the players who haven’t played lots of minutes since I’ve come in, so we can assess the squad fully.”

Jamie Turley looks set to secure his first minutes of the season, having featured on the bench in previous weeks:

“It will be a good opportunity for him to get some minutes under his belt.”

Myles Judd and Conor Wilkinson will both be assessed before the tie. Sam Ling, Jobi McAnuff and Lee Angol remain doubts.

TABLE

FORMAT

Group stage matches are of ninety minutes duration, with no extra time.

Three points are awarded for a victory.

If the scores are level at the end of the group match, then each Club is awarded one point. In addition, the match will be followed immediately by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with procedures as approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and the Club that wins the penalty shootout will be awarded an additional one point.

REF WATCH

  • Referee: Kevin Johnson
  • Assistant Referees: Christopher Kidd and Samuel Ogles
  • Fourth Official: Joel Mannix

Johnson has taken charge of 13 games so far this season, including our home match against Swindon Town earlier in the campaign, when he booked Sam Ling, Lee Angol and Dale Gorman.

The Referee has booked 39 players, sent-off four men and awarded three penalties throughput the beginning of the 19/20 season..

COVERAGE

Can’t make the game? Follow live updates through the official Twitter feed.

UK & Overseas supporters can watch the game via the Lion & Key live stream.

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