PREVIEW: Bradford City (H)

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Following the O’s recent victory and Danny Johnson’s three-goal thriller at the Breyer Group Stadium, Ross Embleton’s side will look to continue in a similar attacking vein, as they welcome Bradford City to E10.

It was an afternoon to remember for both Orient fans and our in-form striker Danny Johnson, as the DJ recorded Leyton Orient’s first hat-trick since Macauley Bonne’s triple against Braintree in 2018.

In what Ross Embleton described as a “professional” performance, the O’s will look to record yet another victory on Tuesday night, as Stuart McCall’s Bradford City take to the turf in E10.


 Following Gary Bowyer’s departure from the club, Stuart McCall returned to Bradford City for his third stint as manager of the club in February 2020.

Due to coronavirus and the nation-wide lockdown, the season was suspended a month after his appointment, but McCall managed to place his personal stamp on the squad over the summer, as Bradford City welcomed seven signings.

According to WhoScored statistics, the centre-back pairing of Paudie O’Connor and Anthony O’Connor have been the shining lights in this Bradford City side so far this season.

Paudie O’Connor has recorded the highest average rating out of the entirety of the Bradford City squad, after recording some rather impressive statistics. The 23-year-old defender makes an average of 2.6 tackles per game, while also making 6.3 clearances per 90.

On the other hand, his defensive partner Anthony O’Connor has also proved his worth this season and provided similar statistics. The slightly older O’Connor makes two tackles per game but also produces an average of 6.1 clearances per 90.

In recent times, it’s been quite the struggle for McCall’s Bradford City. The Bantams currently occupy 19th in the division and their last League Two victory came against a struggling Southend United side at the dawn of November.

Since their last league triumph, McCall’s side drew 2-2 with Exeter City and more recently suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Salford City. Luke Burgess opened the scoring for Salford in the 8th minute and the Ammies managed to kill the game off before the half-time whistle.

“The best team won, and we weren’t good enough,” McCall reflected post-match. “I’m disappointed with the couple of goals we conceded, naturally.”


Taking charge of Tuesday night’s proceedings will be Robert Lewis and he will be accompanied by Mike Desborough, Andy Bennett and Paul Kelly, the latter being the fourth official.

Lewis is no stranger to the turf of the Breyer Group Stadium, as he refereed Orient’s 1-1 draw with Exeter City towards the tail end of October.

In this fixture, the O’s took an early lead through Conor Wilkinson, but the Grecians found their equaliser through Jake Taylor just minutes after the restart.


With tomorrow’s game in mind, Head Coach Ross Embleton looks ahead to our clash with Bradford City and reveals what we can expect from them.


Looking ahead to Tuesday night’s fixture, our trusty man between the sticks Lawrence Vigouroux previews our meeting with the Bantams.


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Upcoming Fixture:
24th November 2020
English Football League - League Two
English Football League - League Two
Leyton Orient
Leyton Orient
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Bradford City
Bradford City