PREVIEW: Cambridge United (A)

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Following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crawley Town on Saturday, the O’s look to dust themselves down as they travel to Cambridge United on Boxing Day.

Max Watters’ 82nd-minute strike secured all three points for Crawley on Saturday, which was certainly a tightly contested affair between the two sides.

After suffering two defeats on the bounce, Ross Embleton and his side will look to return to winning ways as they take on a Cambridge United side which sits just a point ahead of the O’s in League Two.

OPPOSITION

It was certainly a busy off-season for Cambridge United, as they welcomed a total of ten signings to the Abbey Stadium.

Paul Mullin, who joined from Tranmere Rovers in the summer, has been one of the U’s star players this season and has certainly hit the ground running since his arrival in Cambridgeshire.

Across 18 appearances in League Two this season, the 25-year-old striker has found the back of the net on 16 occasions. Furthermore, Mullin is currently League Two’s leading goal-scorer, with Crawley’s Watters in silver position and our very own Danny Johnson occupying the bronze spot.

In addition to this, in terms of average ratings provided by WhoScored, the Cambridge striker has recorded a rating of 7.01 – which is higher than the rest of Mark Bonner’s side.

Although the U’s currently sit three places ahead of the O’s, Cambridge has struggled as of late. In the league, Bonners’ side has recorded just a single victory in their last seven outings and have picked up three wins, across all competitions, in the last two months.

In their most recent fixture, the U’s travelled to Bradford City but left the north of England empty-handed, as they lost 1-0. Harry Pritchard’s strike in the 42nd minute secured the victory for the Bantams.

SATURDAY’S OFFICIAL

In charge of the Boxing Day fixture will be Will Finnie, who will be joined by Hristo Karaivanov, Bradley Hall and Paul Howard – with the latter being the fourth official.

The last time Finnie took charge of a Leyton Orient fixture was back in January 2020, where the O’s recorded a 1-1 draw with Grimsby Town. 

That day, Lee Angol managed to salvage a point for the O’s, as his 92nd-minute penalty levelled the scores.

FROM THE DUGOUT

Following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Crawley Town, Head Coach Ross Embleton spoke to Dave Victor.

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