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PREVIEW: Crawley Town

22 February 2013

All the news on and off the pitch as Crawley visit E10

On the field: 

Russell Slade’s side are looking to return to winning ways and mount a late challenge for the play-off places.

Speaking after the midweek match at Southend, Slade said: “I’d like to think the play-offs are still a possibility, we’ve got an outside chance but we need to learn from tonight (the 2-2 draw with Southend). 

“We’ve been very tight defensively most of the season and we don’t want that to slip and slide away now. 

“We won eight games on the bounce (earlier in the season) so who’s to say we can’t go and do that again? Because if we do, we’re going to go mighty close.” 

Charlie MacDonald is available again following the game midweek when he was cup-tied. 

Kevin Lisbie (hamstring), Martin Rowlands (groin) and Gary Sawyer (knee) are doubts for the home side who are unbeaten in their last six games in E10. 

The visitors are without skipper Josh Simpson (ankle) and Kyle McFadzean (virus) and have picked up just four wins in their last 16 league games and currently sit in 14th position, though have three games in hand on some of the sides above them. 

The sides have met just once before and that was earlier this season when the O’s lost 1-0 at the Broadfield Stadium when Nick Ajose scored for the home side. 

Referee: Steve Rushton 
Assistants: Carl Brook and Alan Young  
Fourth official: Alexander Ihringova

Off the field: 

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of E10 which has the big interview with Shaun Batt, Scott Cuthbert with ‘The Inside Story’ on his teammates and all our usual features. 

Are you collecting the new Leyton Orient Official Sticker Album? Ahead of the game all those who have ‘spares’ can come along to the Club Shop at 1.30pm and meet fellow collectors to trade and swap. 

Those that are yet to get involved can get their album and stickers from the Club Shop with a free album on offer when you buy 10 packs of stickers, plus there may even be some familiar faces from the first team around to sign some of the stickers.

We’ll also have the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) around and about collecting money with their buckets as well as two more schools from our LOPASS scheme taking penalties on the pitch at half-time. So good luck to the children from Buxton and George Mitchell schools taking part in that.

Remember on Twitter as well you can win a pre-match meal at the stadium in our new Follow Friday competition. Simply start a tweet with the hashtag #FF and tell your followers why they should follow the O’s. Remember to mention @leytonorientfc within the tweet and we’ll pick our favourite for the prize.

Betting: 

A look ahead to what’s on offer from Orient’s official betting partner, Bet Butler who deliver a betting service for Leyton Orient fans that finds you the best available odds from 60 global bookmakers.  Win or lose, every bet you place benefits Orient!

With Orient hosting Crawley this weekend, the home side have been made favourites for the win with 7/2 on offer. In what will be only the second meeting in the history of the two clubs, there are some good prices on offer in the correct score market with a 2-1 win for Orient available at 17/2 or perhaps a 0-0 stalemate takes your fancy with a price of 9/1. If a goal frenzy takes your fancy then you can get odds of 13/1 for six or more goals to be scored in the game.

Remember you can claim £25 to spend at your club when you sign up for Bet Butler. Simply place five £10 bets at evens or bigger at leytonorient.betbutler.co.uk, then email enquiries@betbutler.co.uk for a voucher valid for tickets and club merchandise!

Enjoy the game!


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