PREVIEW: WALSALL (A)

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LEYTON ORIENT FACE WALSALL IN THEIR FIRST GAME OF THE NEW YEAR. KICK OFF IS 03:00PM.

Ruel Sotiriou bagged his second Orient goal of the season in his first Football League start as the O’s drew 1-1 away to Newport County last Sunday. The O’s raced ahead after just two minutes but were pegged back right at the death when substitute Padraig Amond rifled home an equaliser.

Ten-man Walsall were beaten 2-1 by Carlisle United at the Bescot Stadium. Harry McKirdy struck in injury time to steal all three points for the Cumbrian team.

The Saddlers sit one point above the O’s in 16th place in the league table.

LAST MATCH

Leyton Orient 3-1 Walsall

The O’s came from behind to beat the Saddlers 3-1 at the Breyer Group Stadium, after Stuart Sinclair had fired the visitors ahead. Joe Widdowson’s stunning right footed strike from the edge of the area brought Orient level before Matt Harrold tapped the O’s ahead.

Conor Wilkinson’s silky run and finish saw Ross Embleton’s side double their advantage 15 minutes from the end before the forward was giving his marching orders for an off the ball incident with Walsall defender Dan Scarr.

TEAM NEWS

Louis Dennis may push to return to the squad after recovering from a knee injury and returning to training.

Conor Wilkinson and Joe Widdowson  are both close to recovering from respective injuries, but may not be rushed into the squad.

Sam Ling looks set to be sidelined for the next few weeks after undergoing an operation earlier in the week. Dean Brill and Jobi McAnuff remain out of action with long term issues.

REF WATCH:

  •  REFEREE: Darren Handley
  • ASSISTANT REFEREE: Christopher Ward and Mark Cunliffe
  • FOURTH OFFICIAL: Gary Hilton

Handley has taken charge of 20 games so far this season, including seven in League Two. Throughout the games he has officiated, the Referee has cautioned 65 players, sent-off six men and awarded seven spot kicks.

 

The last time Handley last took charge of an O’s fixture was October 2016 when Barnet welcomed Orient; the match finished 0-0. Four players were booked, three of which were Liam Kelly, Gavin Massey and Paul McCallum.

 

COVERAGE:

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