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PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Hartlepool United

16 April 2017

Information and team news ahead of tomorrow's encounter with Hartlepool United at the Matchroom Stadium

The O’s will hope to keep their fight for League Two survival going for at least one more week with victory over Hartlepool United tomorrow.

Orient come into the game on the back of an impressive showing in the 2-2 draw at Luton Town on Good Friday.

Omer Riza’s side fell behind when Danny Hylton struck a first half opener, but the O’s levelled in the second period from the penalty spot via skipper Liam Kelly.

Tristan Abrahams scored his first professional goal for the club to put Orient in front, though hopes of a welcome three points were dashed when Isaac Vassell slotted past Sam Sargeant.

Hartlepool have struggled this term and currently sit it in 22nd spot after their 1-1 draw with Carlisle United on Good Friday.

Former O Jabo Ibehre had put the Cumbrians in front, but Rhys Oates’ second half curler saw Dave Jones’ side share the spoils.

On their travels, Pools have picked up four wins and they have come at Exeter City (2-1), Yeovil Town Yeovil Town (2-1), Grimsby Town (3-0) and Cambridge United (1-0).

In the reverse fixture the O’s came out 3-1 winners thanks to a double from Ollie Palmer and one for Sandro Semedo.

TEAM NEWS

O’s boss Omer Riza will be hoping he has no further injury concerns for tomorrow’s home game with Hartlepool United.

The squad were due back in to train this morning ahead of the Easter Monday fixture, and Riza is hoping the extra few days may give a chance to some of his players to return to fitness.

Alex Cisak, Nicky Hunt, Callum Kennedy and Paul McCallum have all missed out in recent weeks through injury.

Tom Parkes serves the last of his three-match ban following his sending off in the home defeat to Wycombe Wanderers.

SKY BET BETTING (correct at the time of writing)

The O’s are 12/5 outsiders with sponsors Sky Bet to pick up all three points against Hartlepool United tomorrow.

The Pools are 11/10 favourites, while the draw can be backed at 5/2.

Orient drew 2-2 at Luton Town on Good Friday and a repeat of that scoreline is available at 12/1, while if the O’s were to repeat their 3-1 victory at Victoria Park earlier in the season, then that is 28/1.

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.