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PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Colchester United

28 April 2017

Information and team news ahead of tomororw's final home game of the season

We will be hoping to end our home season with a win when coming up against local rivals Colcheser United.

Relegation was confirmed for the O’s last weekend following a 3-0 defeat at Crewe Alexandra, with Callum Ainley, Ryan Wintle and George Cooper all on target in the first half to seal our fate.

Colchester come into the game still hoping to maintain their play-off hopes, with only a win likely to be enough to keep them in the race for a spot in the end of season showdown.

Last weekend, despite being the better side the U’s had to settle for a share of the spoils in a goalless draw at home to already-promoted Plymouth Argyle last weekend.

Striker Chris Porter missed the U’s best chances, seeing his 37th minute header drop wide of the far post from Brennan Dickenson’s delivery.

Chances were at a premium throughout the contest but Porter squandered the best opportunity of the game when getting on the end of Drey Wright’s cross, but his turn and shot was inches wide of the target.

Colchester’s record away from home has seen them only pick up four wins, which have come against Wycombe Wanderers (2-0), Cheltenham Town (3-0), Luton Town (1-0) and Stevenage (4-2), with all those victories becoming before the turn of the year.

In the reverse fixture back in November the O’s picked up a 3-0 win at the Weston Homes Community Stadium courtesy of a double from striker Jay Simpson and one from Nicky Hunt.

AHEAD OF THE GAME

Orient manager Omer Riza on Colchester United – here

Winger Sandro Semedo ahead of tomorrow’s final home game of the League Two season – here

TEAM NEWS

Orient boss Omer Riza is likely to field a similar side to which lost 3-0 at Crewe Alexandra last weekend.

Callum Kennedy returned to the bench at Gresty Road following a spell on the sidelines, but Liam Kelly’s season is over after picking up a calf injury.

Alex Cisak, Charlie Grainger, Nicky Hunt, Robbie Weir Sammy Moore, Nigel Atangana and Yvan Erichot are all set to miss out, with winger Gavin Massey also ruled out from featuring against his former employers.

SKY BET BETTING (correct at the time of writing)

The O’s are 9/2 outsiders to beat Colchester United at home.

The U's travel to Orient as the 4/7 favourites despite drawing their last three league games.

If you fancy a 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 victory to Orient at the Matchroom Stadium, you can back that at 6/1 in Sky Bet's Correct Score Group Betting.

COVERAGE

Can’t make the game tomorrow? Follow live updates through the official Twitter feed. For commentary on the game, listen to BBC London’s Dave Victor on Orient PlayerHD. Match report and reaction following the game will appear on leytonorient.com.

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