PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Cheltenham

access_time 4 weeks ago

As the O’s return to league action following an isolation hiatus, Ross Embleton’s men welcome Cheltenham Town to The Breyer Group Stadium.

With the previous coronavirus-related events now in the rear-view mirror, the O’s will look to continue their unbeaten form with a victory over Cheltenham on Saturday.

OPPOSITION

This summer, Cheltenham have strengthened their side with a number of additions which range from Premier League youth players to experienced performers that have played across the Football League.

20-year-old Lewis Freestone, from Brighton & Hove Albion, has committed his future to the Robins, alongside veteran striker Andy Williams from Northampton Town.

Much like the O’s, the Robins didn’t feature in league action last weekend but will be looking to build upon their most recent triumph over Tranmere Rovers.

Michael Duff’s side recorded a dominant 3-0 victory over their opponents and the manager was pleased with his side’s performance.

Looking ahead to their clash with the O’s on Saturday, Duff revealed his admiration for the quality in the Leyton Orient squad.

“They’ve got some good players, Leyton Orient, and they’ve got a definite way of playing,” Duff told journalists.

FROM THE DUGOUT

Following an unexpected break in the fixture schedule and the subsequent isolation period, Embleton discussed the difficulties the coaching staff has faced in order to prepare for this weekend.

“It’s been very difficult,” Embleton revealed on Leyton Orient’s live preview. “The staff have worked relentlessly.

“Whether that be the coaching staff and the analysis team working together to make sure we had an opportunity to analyse our performances, and then prepare us for whatever our next game was going to be.”

He later added: “The preparation for a performance like this is by no means ideal. But I’ll go back to what we originally touched on, there is a relentless desire for this group to get better and I’ve got a fantastic group of players who’ve been working hard from home.”

Regarding team selection ahead of this weekend’s fixture, Embleton shared that he will be picking his side based on who is physically fit to play. Furthermore, the manager revealed his admiration for Saturday’s opponents.

“I like Cheltenham. I think they’re a good team and the type of team that can do most things required at League Two level.

“I would say that if it’s a game of football where you judge it on the team having possession of the ball or how productive they are, they are very capable on that front. They have some very, very good and creative players and I like the way they play.”

HOW TO FOLLOW

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