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PREVIEW: Mansfield Town v Leyton Orient

27 January 2017

Information ahead of the O's trip to the One Call Stadium

The O's will be looking to record their first points of 2017 this weekend when travelling to Mansfield Town.

Andy Edwards' side go into the game on the back of a two-week break after seeing last Saturday's home game against Morecambe postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Prior to that the O's last outing saw them lose out to Portsmouth where Conor Chaplin's brace gave the hosts a 2-1 victory at Fratton Park.

Going into the weekend Mansfield sit 12th in League Two, three points off the final play-off spot and 12 above Orient.

Manager Steve Evans was appointed Stags manager back in November, and has gone on to record seven victories in his first 14 matches.

Last weekend saw Mansfield run out 3-1 victors at Cambridge United, despite falling behind early on to George Maris' eighth minute strike. Leon Legge's own goal two minutes before half time saw the sides go into the break all square, before Krystian Pearce and Shaquile Coulthirst sealed the points for Evans' men with second half strikes.

The Stags did taste defeat in midweek however, bowing out of the Checkatrade Trophy following a 2-1 loss at home to Wycombe Wanderers. Matt Green opened the scoring from the penalty spot before the Chairboys mounted a late comeback with goals from Scott Kashket and Adebayo Akinfenwa firing the visitors into the next round.

AHEAD OF THE GAME

Manager Andy Edwards on tomorrow’s trip to the One Call Stadium – here

Goalkeeper Alex Cisak ahead of facing Mansfield Town this weekend – here

TEAM NEWS

Manager Andy Edwards has no new fresh injury concerns ahead of this weekend.

Striker Sam Dalby was set to feature against Morecambe last weekend, and could be in line to make his first appearance since starting in the O's draw with Cambridge United on New Year's Eve.

French trio Nigel Atangana, Yvan Erichot and Teddy Mezague were doubts for last Saturday's game against the Shrimps, but Edwards is hopeful of having one, if not two, back at his disposal on Saturday.

Vice-captain Liam Kelly will travel with the squad to the One Call Stadium, but remains on the sidelines as he closes in on a return following hamstring surgery.

Meanwhile, captain Robbie Weir remains the only long-term absentee having undergone surgery on his left knee at the start of the week.

SKY BET BETTING (correct at the time of writing)

Leyton Orient are the 100/30 outsiders with Sky Bet to win on the road at Mansfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Stags have been priced up by Sky Bet as odds-on favourites at 17/20 with home advantage and the draw is an option at 12/5.

Sky Bet’s Correct Score Group Betting offers 4/1 for Orient to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.

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.

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