PREVIEW: BRADFORD CITY (H)

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The O’s welcome Bradford City to the Breyer Group Stadium this Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm.

Leyton Orient will look to bounce back from Tuesday night’s defeat to Harrogate with a positive result against the Bantams.

Aaron Drinan is still out with an ankle injury but is expected to return to action next week. Paul Smyth and Adam Thompson are also set to miss out.

THE BANTAMS

Bradford City come into the season looking to improve on a disappointing 15th place finish in League Two. Following the departure of joint managers Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars, the Bantams brought in Derek Adams from Morecambe as their new boss. Adams did an impressive job with the Shrimps and oversaw a remarkable turnaround, taking them from fighting relegation to leading them to promotion via the play-offs last season. The Scotsman brings an outstanding record at this level to Valley Parade, having also won promotion from the division with Plymouth Argyle.

Adams has strengthened his squad in the summer, with defensive midfielder Yann Songo’o following him to West Yorkshire from Morecambe, while other additions include the permanent signing of last season’s top scorer Andy Cook from Mansfield, midfielder Alex Gilliead from Scunthorpe and former Orient striker Lee Angol.

The Bantams have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, winning their last three games and are currently sitting second in the league. Cook has continued his impressive form, scoring four goals already.

KEY PLAYERS

Andy Cook was Bradford’s top goal scorer last season and has already scored four goals in four games for the Bantams this term. Cook made his name in the National League scoring 105 goals across seven full seasons in non-league’s top flight. His goals helped Tranmere Rovers gain promotion from the National League in 2018 via the Play-Offs.

Yann Songo’o played a crucial part in Morecambe’s promotion to League One last season with his impressive defensive performances as well as scoring the occasional goal. Derek Adams has brought Songo’o with him to Valley Parade to try and repeat the same success with Bradford.

Callum Cooke has been the Bantams creative spark since his arrival from the Posh two seasons ago. The former England youth international got six assists for Bradford last season and has already got his season going with two assists in Bradford’s opening four games.

KENNY JACKETT

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THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Simon Mather

Assistants: Damith Bandara and Geoffrey Russell

Fourth Official: Robert Atkin

Mather took charge of 31 matches last season, a majority in the National League. He booked 98 players, sent-off nine and pointed to the spot seven times last campaign.

The official last refereed an Orient fixture back in February 2019, when the O’s lost to Maidenhead United.

HOW TO FOLLOW

If you want to keep up to date with the action from The Breyer Group Stadium, Orient Live has both audio and video packages available.

Overseas fans can stream the match for £10 and UK fans can listen to an audio stream, which is priced at £4.99 per month.

To view packages available to you, click here.

TOCA SOCIAL

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MATCH SPONSOR

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