PREVIEW: Bolton Wanderers (H)

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Following Tuesday night’s draw with Exeter City, the O’s are now unbeaten in three and will look to continue this record as they face Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Ross Embleton’s men took an early lead through Conor Wilkinson on Tuesday night but ultimately settled for a point against a play-off place side.

Following a string of successful performances, the O’s are up to 13th and will now welcome a 16th-placed Bolton Wanderers side to the Breyer Group Stadium.

OPPOSITION

 In what was a worrying few months for this recently relegated Bolton side, the Trotters thankfully escaped liquidation in September and, more or less, have a brand-new side for the 2020/21 season.

The Trotters have welcomed a total of 20 players to the University of Bolton Stadium, as well as a new face in the dugout in the form of Ian Evatt – formerly of newly-promoted side Barrow.

Antoni Sarcevic, who joined on a free transfer from Plymouth Argyle, appears to be one of Bolton’s key performers so far this campaign. The 28-year-old has made seven appearances so far this season, with the central midfielder claiming two Man of the Match awards.

Operating from the heart of midfield, Sarcevic has found the back of the net twice this season but has also demonstrated his ability to contribute in both defence and attack.

The 28-year-old is amongst one of the leading names for shots and key passes per game at Bolton, with 1.6 and 1.4 respectively. In addition to this, the midfielder averages 1.9 tackles and 1.7 clearances per game, which demonstrates his effectiveness at both ends of the pitch.

Former Aston Villa and Blackpool frontman Nathan Delfouneso has also committed his future to Evatt’s side. The striker has bagged three goals in eight appearances for the Trotters and is currently Bolton’s top-goal scorer.

The former Premier League striker converted as recently as Tuesday, where Bolton beat Bradford City in a 1-0 victory. Much like the O’s, Evatt’s men are now on a three-game unbeaten run, courtesy of draws against Cambridge United and Barrow.

Despite taking all three points against Bradford, Ian Evatt told the media that he felt that his side could have done more to kill the game off and to ultimately be more clinical.

FROM THE DUGOUT

 Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash with Bolton Wanderers, Head Coach Ross Embleton previewed the game live on our YouTube channel.

 FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

 Following Orient’s draw with Exeter, Conor Wilkinson’s provider Craig Clay spoke to the Leyton Orient YouTube channel about the side’s busy schedule.

 “You can’t be too hung up on the game before, whether it’s disappointments or whether you think you’ve done well or what not. We go again on Saturday, it’s a busy schedule so it’s game after game which I think our lads prefer,” Clay explained.

“We’re in a good bit of form over the last three games, we’re not going to get carried away but we’ll take the momentum into it (Bolton).”

HOW TO FOLLOW

 To make sure you don’t miss any of the action as Bolton Wanderers visit the Breyer Group Stadium, Orient Match Passes are available on the club website for purchase.

Orient Live is the new and only watch to watch the O’s both home and away, with our new streaming service providing analysis and interviews prior to kick-off, at half-time, and following the final whistle.

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