PREVIEW: Scunthorpe United (A)

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Following a recent spell of good form, the O’s will look to record their fourth straight victory on Saturday, as Ross Embleton’s side travel to Scunthorpe.

 James Brophy’s 85th-minute strike helped seal all three points on Saturday’s away trip to Port Vale, which marked Orient’s third successive victory.

The O’s will look to continue this remarkable run of form against Scunthorpe, who currently sit 20th in League Two.


Saturday’s opposition welcomed a handful of signings to Glanford Park, with one of their summer acquisitions being a key figure in Scunthorpe’s side.

Emmanuel Onariase, who featured for Dagenham & Redbridge last season, joined Scunthorpe on a two-year deal in August and has certainly hit the ground running for The Iron.

Onariase operates in the heart of the defence and, according to WhoScored statistics, the centre back is currently one of Scunthorpe’s leading performers.

The 24-year-old defender has recorded an average rating of 7.00 and has received the Man of the Match award on two occasions. Furthermore, on average, Onariase has managed to record 2.1 interceptions and 6.3 clearances per game.

Interestingly, the Scunthorpe defender has recorded the second-highest clearances out of the entirety of League Two, which certainly demonstrates his presence in the Iron defence.

On the attacking front, Scunthorpe manager Neil Cox can confidently turn to the in-form Abo Eisa.

In Scunthorpe’s most recent victory over Harrogate Town, Eisa displayed his attacking capabilities, as the Iron wide man converted twice and recorded an assist in a 5-2 victory. Unsurprisingly, this earnt Eisa the Man of the Match award.

Prior to their recent triumph against Harrogate, Neil Cox’s side has recorded varying results. The Iron managed to beat the likes of Oldham and Port Vale on the road but ultimately dropped points against Bolton and Morecambe at home.

Interestingly, Scunthorpe hasn’t recorded a victory at Glanford Park since their 1-0 triumph over Carlisle at the tail end of September.


Taking charge of Saturday’s proceedings will be Ross Joyce and he will be accompanied by Andrew Dallison, Alistair Nelson and Hristo Karaivanov – with the latter being the fourth official.

The last time Ross Joyce refereed a Leyton Orient match was back in October 2015, when the O’s trailed by two goals to eventually draw 2-2 with Oxford United.


With our trip to Scunthorpe around the corner, Ross Embleton looks ahead to Saturday’s fixture.


Looking ahead to this weekend’s clash, Josh Coulson previews our away trip to Scunthorpe.


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5th December 2020
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