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PREVIEW: Oxford United (A)

11 March 2016

All the information ahead of tomorrow's trip to the Kassam Stadium

Leyton Orient travel to Oxford United as they look to move back into the Play-Off places.

Last weekend saw the O’s three-match unbeaten run come to an end, as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Luton Town with Jack Marriott scoring the only goal midway through the first half.

Orient now travel to the Kassam Stadium for the first time in 10 years, where they will come up against second placed Oxford United. 

The U’s have recorded three victories in their previous four matches, though were held to a 2-2 draw against fellow promotion hopefuls Plymouth Argyle last weekend.

Michael Appleton’s side had taken an early lead through Peter Hartley’s own goal on the 12th minute, though Plymouth equalised three minutes later when Curtis Nelson headed home from a corner.

Kemar Roofe restored the U’s lead with his 21st goal of the season to give them the advantage going into the break, but with 15 minutes remaining Craig Tanner equalised to claim a point for the hosts.

THE LAST TIME THERE

Oxford United 2
Leyton Orient 3
06.05.06 
League Two

Orient secured promotion to League One on their last visit to the Kassam Stadium, edging a five-goal thriller on the final day of the season.

Eric Sabin had given the U’s a 14th minute lead, before Craig Easton equalised for Orient moments later.

Having been tied at the break Gary Alexander then fired the O’s ahead on the 64th minute, only for Chris Wilmott to level the game two minutes later.

Wilmott was then given his marching orders five minutes from time following an off the ball incident, before a crazy final few minutes in stoppage time ended with Lee Steele slotting home the winner to spark euphoric celebrations amongst the travelling fans.

ORIENT: Garner, Tann, Zakuani, Mackie (C), Lockwood, Corden (Ibehre 82), Easton, Simpson (McMahon 87), Keith (Tudor 79), Steele, Alexander
GOALS: Easton (17), Alexander (64), Steele (90)

TEAM NEWS

Defender Shaun Brisley remains a major doubt for the O's having come off with a head injury in last Saturday's 1-0 home loss to Luton Town.

Goalkeeper David Gregory is likely to take his place on the bench following his loan arrival from Crystal Palace yesterday after news of the hand injury picked up by Charlie Grainger.

Midfielder Lloyd James has returned to full training and is now pushing for a place in the O's matchday squad following a spell out of the team with an Achilles injury.

Dean Cox has stepped up his recovery from a knee ligament injury, and this week was back running on grass, while Paul McCallum, who suffered the same injury, is also making good progress.

BETTING (Sky Bet Odds correct at the time of preview)

Leyton Orient are 13/5 to win at second placed Oxford United tomorrow, while the hosts are the favourites are 21/20. A draw is priced at 12/5.

The O’s have recorded clean sheets in three of their four away games under Kevin Nolan, and can be backed at 5/1 to win to nil.

Jordan Bowery and Kemar Roofe are the favourites to open the scoring for the hosts at 9/2, while O’s top scorer Jay Simpson is 5/1 to net the opening goal at the Kassam Stadium.

COVERAGE

Not able to make it today? Follow coverage of the game on the O’s official Twitter feed. If you are looking for audio coverage, you can listen to commentary from BBC London’s Dave Victor on Orient PlayerHD

Following the match head to leytonorient.com for match report and reaction.

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