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PREVIEW: Shrewsbury (A)

7 January 2014

All the info ahead of our trip to the Greenhous Meadow

ORIENT will be looking to regain their place in the automatic promotion places against a Shrewsbury side who have one win in their last six league games.

The Shrews however return to the Greenhous Meadow after an excellent result on their last outing where they travelled to Oldham on January 1st and won 2-1.

Luke Summerfield is a late concern for the home side after injuring his thigh in training whilst Adam Reach has returned from his loan spell to his parent club Middlesbrough.

Shrews boss Graham Turner believes his side can approach the match with confidence: "Leyton Orient weren't one of the fancied sides at the start of the season, and their success has surprised me a little. But they've got a lot going for them. They're a very good side, particularly up front, and Russell Slade knows the game well enough.

"He's got the team well organised, with the odd gem in there. But we're confident after the last game at Oldham, which was a massive win for us, and we've more than matches the top teams at home." 

For Orient boss Russell Slade the priority now is to get back in the top two.

"It is a difficult time for us as we have got injuries and we are still trying to get results. We need to put the Yeovil game in the FA Cup to one side, we have lost nothing in the league. I was jumping up and down when Gillingham got a goal on Friday night [against second-placed Wolves]. It gives us a great opportunity to get back in the top two and that is our priority between now until the end of the season."

The O's squad remains depleted with injuries as Jamie Jones (back), Shaun Batt (hamstring), David Mooney (foot), Romain Vincelot (knee) all miss out whilst Robbie Simpson (hamstring) missed the trip to Yeovil whilst Marvin Bartley has also been struggling with a stiff back. 

Orient are slight favourites with the bookies at 6/5 with the home side at 9/4 and a draw 23/10. Fancy Orient to make a lively start? Get Moses Odubajo to score in the first 10 mins at 25/1. For all those odds and more head to www.skybet.com/orient

Russell Slade has bolstered his ranks with three new loan acquisitions and Jamar Loza (Norwich) joins Shaquile Coulthirst (Spurs) and Jamie Ness (Stoke) in the O's squad

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