Following FA Cup defeat to Newport County, the O’s will look to dust themselves down ahead of their trip south of the river to Charlton Athletic.
Ross Embleton’s men take on the League One side in the Papa Johns’ EFL Trophy and should the O’s record a draw or a victory at The Valley, then Leyton Orient will comfortably top Group G.
Following their relegation from the Championship last season, Lee Bowyer’s side have started their League One campaign brightly, as they sit third in the table.
More recently, excusing their recent FA Cup defeat to Plymouth Argyle, the Addicks are unbeaten in six league games. Furthermore, Charlton didn’t concede a single goal in the month of October in over 540 minutes of League One football.
However, the Addicks have been unable to replicate their raging league success in the EFL Trophy. Charlton currently occupy third in the group, with the O’s and AFC Wimbledon sitting just ahead of the Addicks.
On the opening game of the season, Charlton suffered a 2-1 away defeat to AFC Wimbledon and then later drew 1-1 with Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-21 side at the end of the month.
Based upon previous results, it’s now mathematically impossible for Charlton to reach the knockout stages of the EFL Trophy. Therefore, with this fixture being nothing more than a formality for the south London side, it’s expected that Bowyer will provide an opportunity for the peripheral squad members.
In addition to this, Bowyer told London News Online last weekend that he doesn’t prioritise cup competition, which further suggests that a number of fresh faces could feature on Tuesday night.
FROM THE DUGOUT
Following Saturday’s defeat to Newport, Head Coach Ross Embleton discussed possible squad rotations for the tie against Charlton and current injuries in the squad.
FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
It was a professional debut to remember for Hector Kyprianou on Saturday and the midfielder is hoping to feature again against Charlton.
“Hopefully, the boss will give me a few more minutes in that game. Obviously, it’ll be a tough game against League One opposition, but nothing we can’t handle,” Kyprianou said in his post-match interview.
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