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Last time out Orient drew 0-0 at home to Bradford City. A resolute performance gained a positive point for Ross Embleton’s side.

Conor Wilkinson smashed the bar with a towering header and Dan Happe and Lee Angol both had efforts blocked in a goal mouth scramble.

Cambridge United were pegged back by Cheltenham Town as the two teams drew 1-1. Paul Lewis had opened the score for the U’s before William Boyle equalised for the home team.

United are 11th in the league table, with 28 points, six more than the O’s.

A word from Ross Embleton:

“We’re positive from our last three results. Take the penalties out of Bristol Rovers – the performance was of a positive nature.  The performances that came with the Bristol and the Bradford games are things we’re really trying to build on, as well as the determination at Oldham to go and get a point.

Albeit we haven’t got a win that we want at the moment. There’s an undercurrent of good feeling at the minute in terms of how we want to continue to build and we’re all looking forward to the Christmas period. It’s one we’re embracing and one we hope we come out the other side of positively.”


Team News

Sam Ling and Joe Widdowson may struggle to shake knocks that kept them out of action last week against Bradford City and will be assessed before Saturday’s game.

Louis Dennis is unlikely to return to training until next week as he recovers from a knee injury.

Jobi McAnuff (groin) and Brendon Shabani (knee) remain unavailable for selection with respective injuries.

Opposition View:

Cambridge United boss Colin Calderwood spoke to

Calderwood expects his team to make full use of their home advantage:

“We’re playing at home, we’ve got to find a way to score goals, keep a clean sheet and try and get to the level of our last home game which was quite good against Plymouth.”

The U’s boss spoke about the ups and downs Orient have faced this season:

“No one could foresee what has happened to the Club, the players and everyone associated with Justin. From a personal point of view, from the Club point of view they have the winning mentality from last year. The win against Northampton – that looks outstanding at the minute.

Most teams are capable of winning away from home and they’re another one. What you can’t bargain for is the ups and down of the professional and personal side, they’ve had the extremes of both.”

 Ref Watch:

  • Referee: Trevor Kettle
  • Assistant Referees: Darren Wilding and Leigh Crowhurst
  • Fourth Official: Stephen Finch

Kettle has taken charge of 17 games so far this season. The Referee has booked a total of 45 players, sent off four men and awarded nine penalties within those games.

The last time the official oversaw an an O’s game was back in March 2017. Orient were defeated 3-0 away to Crawley Town that day, Liam Kelly was the only O’s player to be booked.


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