Match Preview: Scunthorpe United v Leyton Orient

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After a 4-1 win at home against Sutton United, it’s a trip to Lincolnshire for Kenny Jackett’s Orient.

The O’s will look to make it back-to-back league wins when they travel to bottom of the league Scunthorpe United, and record their second win on the road.

Kenny Jackett can expect a near enough clean bill of health, with only Callum Reilly continuing to miss out.


It’s been a difficult season so far for The Iron as the Lincolnshire side find themselves bottom of the league with only two wins and 12 points from 17 games.

Their season started with a 3-1 defeat at home against Swindon Town before crashing out of the Carabao Cup in the first round against Barrow. The Iron then went on a three game unbeaten run picking up three points from three games against Rochdale, Walsall and Sutton.

A disappointing 3-0 defeat followed to Manchester City’s U23’s in the Papa John’s Trophy before they picked up their first win of the season at home to Tranmere. The Iron would go on to only win one of their next 15 games in all competitions.

Former Tranmere boss Keith Hill took charge of the club ahead of their first round FA Cup tie with Doncaster Rovers. The Iron fell to a 3-2 defeat in Hill’s first game.

Scunthorpe’s return to league action saw them pick up a point against Salford City but followed that up with a 3-1 defeat against Mansfield Town. Scunthorpe find themselves three points from safety, and in desperate need to start picking up points quickly.

Scoring goals has been an issue for Scunthorpe, with just 13 in the league – and four players tied on two goals a piece.

The side had played a 3-5-2 formation for much of the season, but have recently seen a switch to 4132 under Keith Hill.


A player to keep an eye out for is centre-back, Emmanuel Onariase. The 25-year-old has been busy this season with Scunthorpe conceding the most goals in League Two this campaign.

The defender has got on the scoresheet this season and has a 4.4 aerial duel success rate in the league. His career started at West Ham united where he climbed the youth ranks before moving on to Brentford. He only spent one season contracted to The Bees and the majority of that spell he was on loan at Cheltenham in League Two.

He has since impressed at the heart of the Scunthorpe defence, and despite being in a defence conceding goals, finds himself the highest rated player, according to WhoScored. This is in part to his 2.2 tackles and 2.3 interceptions on average in the league campaign to date.


Listen to Kenny Jackett’s thoughts after Saturday’s win against Sutton United.


Referee: Samuel Barrott

Assistants: Alan Clayton and Declan Ford

Fourth Official: Lee Freeman

Barrott has been in charge of 17 games this season across league one and two, showing 67 yellow cards.

The official last took charge of the O’s in last season’s 1-0 win away at Newport County at the Cardiff City Stadium. The official showed six yellow cards with four shown to Orient players. Conor Wilkinson’s match winner looked to be ruled out, until consultation with his Assistant Referee ensured the goal stood.


Tickets for the game are available at the ground, whilst streaming is available in the UK and overseas!

Match passes will be just £10 – you can join the action from 7.15pm on the Orient Live pre-match show.

The Club is aiming to reach 1,100 passes sold – the highest of the season so far, having hit 1030 away at Rochdale.

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