Preview: Oldham Athletic (H)

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Ross Embleton’s side will be looking to extend their unbeaten home record to six games as they welcome Oldham Athletic to the Breyer Group Stadium this weekend.

The O’s will still be disappointed after conceding a late goal which condemned them to a 2-1 defeat away at Cheltenham Town last weekend.

A huge slice of fortune led to Conor Wilkinson giving Orient an early lead as Owen Evans’ clearance ricocheted off the striker and into net. The lead didn’t last long though as Alfie May equalised for the Robins just a minute later.

In dreadful second-half conditions at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium it looked like the O’s were going to hold on for a valuable point, until Reuben Reid nodded home from Ryan Broom’s cross two minutes from time to seal the win for Michael Duff’s side.

Managed by former Stevenage gaffer Dino Maamria, Oldham come into this one in 18th place in Sky Bet League Two, one position and one point behind the O’s.

The Latics are without a win in their last three outings and have not tasted victory away from home since a 2-1 win at Morecambe back on Boxing Day.

Their last game saw them held to a 1-1 draw with Forest Green at Boundary Park. Gevaro Nepomuceno opened the scoring for the Latics on the hour mark, before George Williams stuck late on to deny Maamria’s side all three points.

Team News

Ruel Sotiriou, Marvin Ekpiteta and Matt Harrold are the most recent players to pick up injuries, having missed the previous two games against Mansfield and Cheltenham.

Sam Ling edges closer to his return; Louis Dennis returned to training this week after experiencing problems with his knee and his hip.

Both Jamie Turley and Jobi McAnuff remain sidelined.

Last Clash

The two sides last met at Boundary Park back in December. Bristol City loanee, Jonny Smith gave Oldham a 2nd minute lead, but Orient struck back as Jordan Maguire-Drew bundled home from Lee Angol’s cross to earn a point.

Ref Watch

Referee: James Oldham

Assistant Referees: Adrian Tranter and Marc Wilson

Fourth Official: Christopher O’Donn

Oldham has refereed 18 EFL fixtures so far this season with 12 coming in League Two, though this will be the first time he has officiated a match involving the team that are his namesake. In those 18 games he has handed out a total of 56 yellows and four reds.

The last time he took charge of the O’s was the 1-0 win over Wrexham at the Breyer Group Stadium back in March. Marvin Ekpiteta and Dan Happe were both cautioned in that one.

Coverage

Can’t make the game? You can follow live updates through the Club’s Twitter feed. Post-match reaction will also appear on leytonorient.com shortly after the final whistle.

Overseas fans can watch the match via the Orient TV live stream, sponsored by The Lion and Key Hotel for just £5, while domestic fans can listen to the audio stream, with commentary from Dave Victor, for just £2.50.

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