In a week where Leyton Orient announced their fourth manager of the season in Fabio Liverani, it sees them face Peterborough in their first league meeting since the play off semi final 212 days ago. A night to remember for all Orient fans who have seen their side slide down the table since coming so close to the Championship last season. Both sides have not lived up to last season’s highs but under new boss Liverani, Orient are finally hoping for some stability after 3 managers in the first 19 league matches.
Liverani replaced Milanese who only recorded 2 wins out of 8 matches against a League 2 side and the club rock bottom of League 1. Milanese returns to his Sporting Director role and the new translator for Liverani who speaks very little English. Orient’s 2nd defeat to Gillingham in the space of three weeks in the JPT semi final was the last straw for Bechetti who has seen his sides form slightly improve. Orient however did record their first home league victory since the play off semi final last time out against Crewe in a 4-1 win but 2 defeats in the following games resulted in Milanese fall.
Peterborough sit 9th on 27 points just three behind Oldham who sit in the last play off spot. The Posh started the season well but recent form has resulted in increased pressure on manager Darren Ferguson who understands that if form doesn’t improve he faces dismissal. Peterborough picked up 26 points in their first 13 games but since their home win against Barnsley in mid October, the Posh only have a solitary point away at Walsall in 6 games. The return of Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron Mclean has given them hope of their form improving with the pair notching 183 goals between them in their first spell at the club.
Peterborough have similar home and away records, but three of their four away wins came in their opening three matches. Their last away win came away at Crawley where they came from behind to win whilst in their other three away triumphants they have registered first. 6 of Posh’s 8 league wins have come when they have scored the first goal only picking up 7 points when conceding first. Marcus Maddison returns from injury whilst Mackail-Smith and Harry Beautyman are available after sitting out last week’s 1-0 defeat at Colchester.
Orient are looking for their season to pick up and 2 wins in their last 2 at home has seen the winless omen lifted. The O’s will be looking for the spirit that saw them overcome the Posh 212 days ago in their 2-1 win. But still missing key men with Lloyd James, Kevin Lisbie, Andrea Dossena are unavailable due to injury and Chris Dagnall still suspended, the squad will be tested to the limit again. The Orient squad will be looking to impress their new manager with recent news that the average age of the side is set to be reduce in January, players will need to be on their guard.
Prediction – Both teams will struggle in the game with limited confidence in both camps, Mclean to notch first for Posh while Cox will equalise for Orient, 1-1 in the end.