“We Want to Go Up There Perform Well and Get a Good Result”

Leyton Orient head coach Carl Fletcher wants to pick up his first win as O’s boss when they visit Morecambe on Saturday. The former Plymouth man is yet to pick up maximum points with the O’s but is hoping it will come against rock bottom Morecambe. Speaking to the O’s Showwe are looking forward to it, we want to go up there perform well and get a good result”.

  •  Sit 16th on 20 points
  • No win in last two – D1  L1
  • Won three of their last six league games – 11 points out of 18
  • League Record – P16  W5  D5  L6  F24  A27

The O’s head north after a 1-1 home draw with Carlisle last weekend. Josh Wright put Orient ahead from the spot before Jack Iredale equalised early in the second half to share the points. Goalkeeper Dean Brill described the game as “a game of two halves”. Speaking to leytonorient.com first half I thought we were very good and implemented a lot of the stuff we have been working on. Second half maybe we fell off it. We didn’t start great, got punished and never really got going again”.

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Orient’s Last Six Results

Orient were in full control in the first half against Carlisle without creating too many opportunities. After a hectic opening week at the helm, Fletcher saw some promising signs from his sides performance. Speaking to leytonorient.com in the first half I thought we were really good, on the front foot with good attacking play. We could have potentially been a few goals up but that’s football. It was pleasing to see some little things we’ve been working on in a short space of time”.

  • Kept four league clean sheets  – two away
  • No clean sheet in last two
  • Two in last five league games
  • Only Carlisle (28) and Morecambe (29) have conceded more goals in League 2
  • Conceded 19/27 league goals in first half – most in league (11/14 away)

With no midweek, it gave Fletcher a full week on the training pitch with his players to introduce his philosophy. The 39 year old is hoping his side are taking on board all of the information but understands that it may be small steps rather than an instant change. Speaking to O’s Show we have a lot of good players that want to work hard and do well for the team. The staff and players want to get better on a daily basis to see where we can do. We are working hard to improve behind the scene and hopefully the lads can take it on board. There is a lot we want to go in and it’s important we don’t get information overload”.

  • Failed to score in three league games – two away
  • Scored in three of last four games – netting eight goals
  • Scored in 12 of their last 13 league games
  • Not failed to score in back to back away games since August

Despite Saturday’s opponents having no manager, Fletcher is keen for his side concentrate on what they have been working on during the week but knows it won’t be easy. Speaking to O’s Show they have been in the division a long time and just lost their manager. It is a tough one for us, any trip up north is going to be difficult. We know we need to make sure we do the basics right. It is important the focus is on what we have been working. There are certain principles we want in our game when we play and hopefully we can put them in effect”.

  • Away League Record – P8  W3  D2  L3  F12  A14
  • Won two of their last four 
  • Not lost back to back away games since August
  • Only lost two of their last seven away league games – W3  D2  L2

Team News

Connor Wikinson is available after serving his three match suspension so should be included. Sam Ling is doubtful with a groin injury while Lee Angol and Jobi McAnuff are still out injured.

Head to Head –  Leyton Orient 3, Draw 0, Morecambe 1

Head to Head

The Four Meetings Between Sides

  • Orient have won both trips to the Globe Arena
  • Three of the four meetings have ended 1-0
  • Only one of Orient’s four goals has been scored by a striker

Last Time Out – 26/10/2019 – Leyton Orient 1-1 Carlisle

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Starting 11 vs Carlisle

Prediction – Morecambe 0-2 Leyton Orient

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“We Can’t Feel Sorry For Ourselves, There’s a Job to be Done”

Morecambe’s interim managers Kevin Ellison and Barry Roche are hoping for a first home win of the season against Leyton Orient on Saturday. The pair are in charge following the resignation of Jim Bentley in midweek and highlight their focus needs to be on three points. Speaking to morecambefc.co.uk Ellison stated “we’ve accepted it and we’re looking forward to Saturday now. It’s all about keeping the lads together and getting some points on the board”.

  • Sit 24th on 10 points – two from safety 
  • Lost their last two and four of their last five games
  • Won one of their last 15 games in all competitions – W1  D3 L11
  • League Record – P16  W2  D4  L10  F14  A29

The Shrimps head into Saturday’s clash with the O’s on the back of a 1-0 away defeat to relegation rivals Stevenage. Scott Cuthbert’s strike eight minutes from time saw Morecambe drop to the foot of the table, two points behind Boro.

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Morecambe’s Last Six Results

Roche who has been with the Shrimps since 2008 admitted it was tough to see ex manager Jim Bentley leave the Globe Arena. Bentley took assistant manager Ken McKenna and goalkeeping coach Lee Jones with him to AFC Fylde. Speaking to thevisitor.co.uk it’s been absolutely mad, to be honest it’s been a difficult few days with gaffer going, I don’t think anybody wanted him to go”

  • Kept just three league clean sheets – one at home
  • No clean sheet in last two games
  • Conceded most goals in League Two (29)
  • One clean sheet in last 15 games
  • No clean sheet in last seven home games
  • Conceded two or more in their last four home games and six of their last seven at home

Morecambe’s defeat was their tenth league defeat of the season and Roche highlighted he was disappointed with his side’s performance. The Shrimps dropped to the bottom of League Two following the defeat and Roche stated to thevisitor.co.uk last Saturday was really disappointing. We started off quite well but played poorly after that and we can’t afford to let a gap to start to appear”.

  • Failed to score in six league games (four at home)
  • Only Walsall (11) and Stevenage (12) have scored fewer league goals
  • Scored just one goal in last three games
  • Scored in three of their last four home games

The Shrimps finished 18th last season but have struggled this season and have picked up just five points from last 36 available in the league. Roche acknowledged his side need to drastically improve and thinks the squad is good enough to pull through. Speaking to thevisitor.co.uk the squad we’ve got is more than good enough to get away from where we are but the table doesn’t lie. There’s no point in me trying to make any excuses – all I can say is we haven’t been firing on all cyclinders”.

  • Scored 9/14 goals in second half (6/7 home goals)
  • Seven of their last eight goals have been in second half
  • No team has conceded the first goal more this season than Morecambe (11)

Saturday’s sees the visit of Leyton Orient, a side under new management in Carl Fletcher. Roche and Ellison are keen to get off to a winning start in front of their home crowd. Speaking to morecambefc.co.ukit’s a massive game. Kev and I are looking to get the lads up for the next challenge and get the three points we need”.

  •  Home League Record – P8  W0  D3  L5  F7  A14
  • Worse record in league, only team without a home win in League Two
  • Lost last two at Globe Arena
  • No win in last 10 home games
  • One home win in last 13 games (22/04/2019 vs Cheltenham)

Team News

Striker Lewis Alesandra is back from suspension while defender Jordan Cranston could return to the starting 11 against Orient. Despite being in temporary charge both Ellison and Roche are expected to start.

Head to Head – Morecambe 1, Draw 0, Leyton Orient 3

Last Meeting – 07/02/2017 – Leyton Orient 0-1 Morecambe

Head to Head

The Four Meetings Between Sides

  • 3 of the 4 meetings have finished 1-0
  • Morecambe have lost both home games against the O’s

Last Time Out – 26/10/2019 – Stevenage 1-0 Morecambe

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Starting 11 vs Stevenage

Prediction – Morecambe 0-2 Leyton Orient



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“All That Matters to Our Fans and Us is the Result”

Carlisle United manager Steven Pressley urgently wants his side to arrest their slide down the table when they visit Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Cumbrians have lost four leagues in a row for the first time since February 2017  and Pressley acknowledges now is not the time for talking. Speaking to carlisleunited.co.uk we could highlight areas of improvement and things like that. All that matter to our fans and us is the result”.

  • Sit 21st on 14 points – four off the bottom two
  • League Record – P15  W4  D2  L9  F15  A27
  • No team has lost more games than Carlisle
  • Lost six of their last eight games
  • Only won one of their last seven league games

The Cumbrians head to East London on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Northampton on Tuesday night. Second half goals from Scott Pollock and Sam Hoskins saw Carlisle slip to 21st in League Two. After the defeat Pressley highlighted his frustration and stated to carlisleunited.co.uk the most important thing is the result, we all wanted a positive result. I’m disappointed of course”.

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Carlisle’s Last Six Results

Pressley joined the Cumbrians back in January and after a summer of change at Brunton Park, the former Fleetwood boss is struggling to pick up results on the pitch. Despite his sides worrying form of picking up just four points from the last 21 available, he is still confident of turning it around. Speaking to carlisleunited.co.uk I still have a belief in everything that we do. I still have a belief in my players and in every aspect that we work to. The message is that we will get through this”.

  • Pressley’s record at Carlisle – P36  W12  D7  L17

Tuesday’s defeat came with second half goals and the Cumbrians were unable to respond. It was the second successive game Carlisle failed to score and Pressley acknowledges his side need to be more clinical in front of goal. Speaking to carlisleunited.co.uk it was evident again that we need to score from the chances created, there’s no doubt that. We were comfortable for long periods but we have to score”.

  • Failed to score in seven league games (three away games)
  • Only scored one goal in their last four league games
  • Failed to score in two away games
  • Scored just four goals in last seven league games

Carlisle haven’t lost five league games in a row since 2008 and Pressley highlights the fans don’t care how his side get results on the pitch. The Cumbrians haven’t won on their travels since September and will be looking to change that at Orient. Pressley spoke about the supporters on Tuesday to carlisleunited.co.uk I thought our supporters were very good. With the disappointment of the results in recent weeks of course you are going to get that reaction at the end, I really do understand that and in general they were getting behind the team”.

  • Away League Record – P7  W2  D0  L5  F7  A13
  • Lost their last three – conceding six goals
  • Last win 3-2 vs Stevenage, 14/09/2019

The O’s lost 4-0 on Tuesday evening and will be looking for a reaction against the Cumbrians. Pressley is keen for his side to use their frustration to hopefully to turn it into results on the pitch. Speaking to carlisleunited.co.ukwe’re working tirelessly and I know that type of effort and commitment I’m seeing means that we will turn things around. We have to show courage now, we have to go out there and find a win because we need to turn this disappointment into results”.

  • Kept three league clean sheets (one away)
  • No clean sheet in last five games – conceded ten goals
  • One clean sheet in last eight games
  • One clean sheet in last seven away games

Team News

Nathan Thomas (dead leg) and Stefan Scougall (knock) should be fit for the trip to Leyton. Defender Jack Iredale is back from suspension and should start while Harry McKirdy is pushing for inclusion. Young defender Jarrad Branthwaite is set to continue in defence.

Head to Head – Carlisle 22, Draw 13, Leyton Orient 20

Last Meeting – 04/02/2017 – Leyton Orient 1-2 Carlisle United

Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings

  • Carlisle are unbeaten in last four meetings – D2  L2
  • Nine of the last 10 games have 3 or more goals
  • Last 0-0 , 12/04/2011, Orient 0-0 Carlisle
  • Have scored in nine of the last ten games
  • Have scored at least two goals in the last four meetings

Last Time Out  – 22/100/2019 – Carlisle 0-2 Northampton

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Starting Line Up vs Northampton

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Carlisle



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“We’ve Got to Get Our Own Performance Right”

Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley wants a reaction from his side as they host Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Mariners have lost their last three games and Jolley knows his side need to improve to get back to winning ways. Speaking to Grimsby-townfc.co.uk in the end it is really about us, we’ve got to get our own performance right. If we get to a good level then we give ourselves a chance to get something from the game”.

  • Sit  10th on 18 points – three outside the play offs
  • League Record – P13  W5  D3  L5  F20  A16
  • Lost four of last five games in all competitions
  • Won two of last four league games

Grimsby head into the clash with Orient on the back of a 2-1 defeat away to Stevenage last weekend. Kurtis Guthrie and Charlie Carter put Boro ahead with Ahkeen Rose grabbing the consolation goal. Manager Jolley described the first half performance as the “worst of the season by a distance”. Speaking to Grimsby-townfc.co.uk we were a long way below the standard set so far for this year. It wasn’t good enough”.

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Grimsby’s Last Six Results

A worry for Jolley was the lack of aggression at Stevenage and admitted his side didn’t get to grips in the game. Both goals last weekend came from crosses into the box and the 42 year old highlighted his side have been working hard on the training ground this week. Speaking to Grimsby-townfc.co.uk we need to bring the right energy to the game Saturday. We have been working on getting to the ball a little bit more aggressively, making sure opponents can’t put the ball into our box”.

  • Failed to score in four league games 
  • Scored in last two games and five of their last six
  • Scored in last four league games
  • Only scored one goal in last four home games

Midfielder Harry Clifton returns to the squad after International duty last week and is expecting a response in front of their home crowd. The 21 year old has not started a game since September but is ready to take his chance when it comes. Speaking to Grimsby Telegraph I’m sure there’ll be a reaction, I think we were well below par for our standards. It’s a home game and with crowd behind us, we’ll be looking for a reaction and try to turn it into a positive result this weekend”.

  • Home League Record – P6  W2  D2  L2  F9  A8
  • Only won one of last five in all competitions – W1  D1  L3
  • One win in last three league games
  • Five of their eight home points came in August
  • Not lost back to back home league games since January

Captain James McKeown admitted his side want to be less inconsistent this season and highlights they need to bounce back. The 30 year old explained that his side need to build as a team with everyone playing their part. Speaking to Grimsby Telegraphwe’re not keeping ourselves in games for long enough, when you’re not scoring goals, people look at the strikers but at the end of the day we’re not getting goals  and not keeping clean sheets. It runs for everyone, whoever it may be, we need to do more as team”.

  • Kept two league clean sheets (one at home)
  • No clean sheet in last five (conceding 14, 7 in one game)
  • One clean sheet in last eight in all competitions
  • One clean in sheet in last 12 league games
  • Two in last three home games in all competitions

Saturday’s opponents Orient, recently named Carl Fletcher as their new head coach on Wednesday but the O’s revealed that assistant coach Ross Embleton would take charge of the game. Despite the new appointment Jolley isn’t expecting any surprises “you’re neve certain what the opponents are going to do. I wouldn’t imagine them to change dramatically for this game but we will have to wait and see about that”.

  • Grimsby have conceded two or more goals in three of last five games
  • Netted eight goals in last 15 minutes of league games – joint most in League Two

Despite the league positions between the sides, Jolley is expecting a tough challenge against the O’s. Orient have won back to back games and the 42 year old highlighted the job the club have done after an eventful summer. Speaking to Grimsby-townfc.co.uk they have done well, they were in a very tough situation and as a football club they came through well. Now finding their feet and have had a couple of good results recently. They have some good attacking players, have good energy in midfield and overall are a good League Two team”.

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Grimsby’s Next Six Fixtures

Team News

Max Wright is out through injury but defender Ludvig Ohman could return to the squad after overcoming injury. Ahkeem Rose is pushing for a start after impressing off the bench at Stevenage.

Head to Head  – Grimsby 23, Draw 14, Leyton Orient 18

Last Meeting – 11/03/2017 – Leyton Orient 0-3 Grimsby Town


The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • The last four wins in fixture have been by the away side
  • Grimsby have won two of the last five meetings 
  • Both teams have scored in only two of the last seven meetings
  • Four of Grimsby’s last five wins have been by two or more goals

Last Time Out – 12/10/2019 – Stevenage 2-1 Grimsby Town


Starting 11 vs Stevenage

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“The Response Has to Be at 3pm Saturday”

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke wants a reaction from his side as they head to Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Saddlers lost their winning run against Salford last weekend and the 41 year old is looking for his side to bounce back in the Capital. Speaking to walsallfc.co.uk the response has to be at 3pm Saturday”.

  • Sit 15th on 15 points
  • Only lost two of their last eight games – W4  D2  L2
  • League Record – P12  W4  D3  L5  F8  A14

Walsall lost their first game in five in a 3-0 home defeat to Salford last Saturday thanks to goals from Luke Armstrong, Jake Jervis and Ibou Touray. Clarke was fuming with his sides performance, stating to walsallfc.co.ukit was very much a bad day at the office, it goes to show when you are working with a group of players and two or three important players are not in the team, we look like a development team”.

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Walsall’s Last Six Results

The Saddlers had won four on the spin before defeat to Salford and defender Zak Jules acknowledges his side need to stay focused on the job at hand not get carried away. Speaking to walsallfc.co.uk it’s down to us to keep our feet on the ground and not get to complacent. It’s just a case of staying level headed and believing in each other as individuals and as a group”.

  • Kept five league clean sheets (three away)
  • Only Forest Green and Newport  (8) have kept more
  • Kept three in last five games
  • Kept three clean sheets in last four away games
  • Conceded five goals in last two league games


Manager Clarke arrived at the Bescot in May after the Saddlers relegation to the fourth tier. The former Bristol Rovers manager explained after a heavy defeat you review the performance back, “I won’t accept certain things but that’s has been addressed. First and foremost you look at your own performance as a manager as well. I don’t think I got all my decisions right on Saturday, the players certainly didn’t so we addressed it on Monday morning”Wasallfc.co.uk

Defender Matt Sadler is keen for side to get back on a winning run in E10 on Saturday. The 34 year old was disappointed by the manner of their defeat and insists they want to put things right against Orient. Speaking to walsallfc.co.uk you dust yourself down and start all over again, it’s always important when a run comes to an end to start another one and if you can go a season winning three and losing one, you’ll be alright at the end of it”.

  • Away League Record – P6  W3  D1  L2  F5  A6
  • Only Stevenage (3) have scored fewer goals on the road
  • Unbeaten in last four away – W2  D2
  • Not won three consecutive away games since September 2018
  • Last defeat – 24/08/2019 – 3-0 at Plymouth

Due to the International break, Leyton Orient have made the game “football for a fiver” and are set for a bumper crowd in East London. The Saddlers have sold over 850 tickets for the clash and Clarke wants to perform for them on Saturday. Speaking to walsallfc.co.uk we’re delighted with the support we’re getting. We’ve let them down a bit at home so far this season. This is where you get the real good fans. There’s loads coming down to support their team, it’s my job as manager to make sure we don’t have too many performances like Saturday. I don’t think we have had many in the first quarter of the season.

  • Failed to score in six league games 
  • Only Stevenage (7) have failed to score in more
  • Failed to score in one of their last five
  • Scored in last two away games but only netted four in seven away games this season
  • Only scored more than once in one of their last 12 games

This season, sees the Saddlers play in the fourth tier for the first time since 2007 and Clarke has been handed the opportunity to sent them back up. Walsall last play the O’s back in 2015 and were two leagues apart just last season. Sadler knows it will be a tough contest at Brisbane Road, “they have some real momentum after getting promoted, they are a football club that has had a lot of emotion around in the last couple of months”.

  • Have netted 75% of their league goals in the first half – 6/8
  • Scored 50% of their goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches
  • Conceded 9/14 league goals in the second half – including five after 75th minute
  • All five away goals have come in the first half

Team News

On loan striker Rory Gaffney should return after being ineligible against Salford last weekend. Midfielder Danny Guthrie is a doubt after missing the defeat to Salford. James Hardy is pushing for a start in midfield.

Head to Head – Walsall 22, Draw 19, Leyton Orient 30

Last Meeting – 28/02/2015 – Walsall 0-2 Leyton Orient

Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Walsall are without a win in last eight meetings – D4  L4
  • Have only won one of last 13 meetings – W1  D6  L6
  • Have not won at Brisbane Road since 2009, D4 L3 (last seven meetings)
  • No team has scored more than two goals in last 19 meetings

Last Time Out – 0-3 vs Salford, 05/10/2019

Walsall vs Salford

Starting 11 vs Salford

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Walsall

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“It’s a Big Game and We Really Need To Be At It”

Leyton Orient striker Matt Harrold wants his side to build on last weekend’s win at Northampton when Walsall visit on Saturday. The O’s picked up their first league win since August and Harrold is keen for another one against the Saddlers. Speaking to leytonorient.com it was a good performance there’s lot to work on and lots to build on. We are looking forward to the next big one”.

  • Sit 20th on 13 points
  • One win in last three – W1  D1  L1
  • Taken just six points from last 24 available in league – W1  D3  L4
  • League Record  – P12  W3  D4  L5  F16  A21

The O’s fell to a 3-0 away defeat to AFC Wimbledon  in the leasing.com trophy in midweek. Goals from Joe Pigott, Michael Folivi and Callum Reilly saw Orient fall to defeat with Interim Head Coach Ross Embleton frustrated with his sides performance. Speaking to leytonorient.comtonight we suffered a 3-0 defeat and we’re very disappointed with that. We have to look at the good and the bad. We were very good for 35 minutes after a ridiculous penalty to concede”.

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Orient’s Last Six Results

Orient have had an ongoing problem with starting games slowly and that was in effect once more on Tuesday night. The O’s conceded at the start of both halves and Embleton was left disappointed that the problem arose again. Speaking to leytonorient.com it was the start of two halves, we were naïve in how we went about it. We spoke about it at half time to start well in game and we had the opportunity to come out and create chances. We failed to meet standards and do the simple things well in the game”.

  • Conceded 14/21 league goals in the first half games – joint most in league
  • Conceded first goal in five of their last seven matches
  • Conceded ten of their goals in opening 30 minutes of matches – the most in league

Striker Harrold made his first league start of the season at Northampton after impressing off the bench against Port Vale. The 35 year old set up James Brophy’s winner last week and is keen to continue contributing to the team. Speaking to O’s Show in my time here I have been used more as an impact sub. It hasn’t been easy but I understand, football is like that and you have to be patient. It is an opportunity for me now and i just want to take it. There is nothing better than playing and winning”.

  • Kept three league clean sheets – (two at home)
  • One clean sheet in last nine league games
  • One in last seven in all competitions
  • Second worse defensive record in division
  • Conceded two or more goals in six of their last seven games

Saturday’s clash with Walsall is a sell out after the “football for a fiver” initiative and Harrold is keen to put a performance on for the fans. The experience front man highlighted the effect the home fans can have on games, “they make such a difference when they get behind us. I realised in the second half against Port Vale how important they are when they get behind us. When they are backing us, it really does seem a lot easier to score, get points. They play a huge part”.

  • Failed to score in two league games (one at home)
  • Scored in 10 of their last 11 games
  • Scored in last nine league games
  • Scored in last five league games and six of their last seven at home
  • Scored 11/16 league goals in second half

Orient are looking for their first home league win since opening day against Walsall and Harrold knows the importance of backing up last week’s away win.  The O’s haven’t won back to back league games since April with Harrold stating to O’s Show it has probably been our downfall this season. We need to follow it up and put groups of runs together. We haven’t backed up good performances away from home. We need to be strong mentally, organised and really perform”.

  • Home League Record – P6   W1  D2  L3  F8  A11
  • No win in last three in all competitions – D1  L2
  • One win in last six – W1  D2  L3
  • Taken just two points from last 15 available in league
  • Conceded most home goals in league

Team News

James Dayton returned from injury in midweek and should be included in the matchday squad on Saturday. Sam Ling and Marvin Ekpiteta are doubts with groin and hamstring injuries respectively. Matt Harrold look set to continue in attack after good performances in his last two games. Jobi McAnuff and Jamie Turley remain out.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 30, Draw 19, Walsall 22

Last Meeting – 28/02/2015 – Walsall 0-2 Leyton Orient

Head to Head

Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Orient are unbeaten in last eight meetings – W4  L4
  • Have only lost one of the last 13 clashes – W6  D6  L1 
  • Orient are unbeaten in last seven games at home – W3  D4
  • Have only lost one of last 11 at Brisbane Road – W5  D5  L1
  • No team has scored more than two goals in last 19 meetings

Last Time Out – 08/10/2019 – AFC Wimbledon 3-0 Leyton Orient

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Starting 11 vs AFC Wimbledon

Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Walsall

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“We Want to be Operating in the Top Seven”

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle has his sights on the top seven ahead of their home clash with Leyton Orient. The 55 year old celebrated a year in charge of the Cobblers this week and is eyeing a run towards the top of League Two. Speaking to northamptontown.co.uk it doesn’t seem like a year to me, we’ve been on an exciting journey with a lot of changes that have continued at the club”.

  • Sit 13th on 15 points
  • Only lost two of their last eight games – W3 D3  L2
  • One defeat in last six league games – W3  D2  L1
  • League Record – P11  W4  D3  L4  F14  A12

The Cobblers blew a two goal lead for the second consecutive game in a 2-2 draw at Morecambe last weekend. Jordan Turbull struck two first half goals to set them on their way before Adam Buxton and Kevin Ellison fired home in the second half. Midfielder Nicky Adams stated to northamptontown.co.uk we’re all disappointed in the dressing room, all of us. Because we let a two goal lead slip after playing so well”.

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Northampton’s Last Six Results

Curle took over at Sixfields back in October 2018 and after guiding them to a mid table finish last season, he has his sights nearer to the top. The former Carlisle man feels his side are far from their best but are slowly gaining momentum. Speaking to northamptontown.co.uk we have become tough to beat over the last month and while we obviously have areas to improve on, we are gaining momentum. We are pleased with certain areas but we know we are nowhere near the finished article”.

  • Home Record – P5  W2  D1  L2  F8  A6
  • Only lost one of last five (all competitions) – W2  D2  L1
  • Unbeaten in last three league games

The Cobblers have lost seven points from winning positions in the past five games and Adams highlights his side have to improve because they will get punished. Speaking to northamptontown.co.uk it’s fine margins today, we are disappointed because the standards we have set for each other. We are a good side but we can’t keep letting leads slip. Probably brought it on ourselves sitting in, same as last week, playing well and sat back”.

  • Kept three clean sheets 
  • No clean sheet in last two
  • One clean sheet in last 11 home games
  • 8/12 goals conceded have been in second half
  • Conceded five in last 15 minutes of games
  • Last six goals have been conceded after 70th minute

Curle feels his side need to play on the front foot more and are designed to play in the opposition’s half. Northampton have seen out games this season already and the 55 year old acknowledged his side are continuing to learn and develop. Speaking to northamptontown.co.uk we are gaining that winning mentality and being able to see games out. If you saw us at Swindon we defended our goal well, same at Stevenage with a man less. We need to defend from the front, higher up the pitch with individuals knowing their roles and responsibilities”.

  • Failed to score in two league games
  • Scored in last five 
  • Scored in seven of last eight in all competitions
  • Scored in nine of last ten league games
  • Netted in five of last six home games

Northampton could go five unbeaten with a positive result against Orient tomorrow. The O’s arrive sitting 21st and Curle is aware of what they will bring tomorrow. Speaking to northamptontown.co.uk Leyton Orient can score goals but likewise they can concede goals. They like to get forward and have different style of play. They are an attacking team but sometimes they can leave them exposed at the back”.

  • Last went five unbeaten back in March
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Northampton’s Next Six Fixtures

Team News

Midfielder Jordan Turnbull is suspended after collecting his fifth booking of the season at Morecambe with Matty Warburton expected to come in. Alan McCormack and Steve Arnold remain injured while Ryan Watson continues his recovery from injury.

Head to Head – Northampton 30, Draw 21, Leyton Orient 28

Last Meeting – 13/02/2016 – Leyton Orient 0-4 Northampton Town

Head to Head

Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Northampton have only lost two of the last nine meetings – W4  D3  L2
  • Northampton have not lost any of the last seven league meetings – W4  D3
  • Northampton have only lost one of last ten league meetings – W5   D4  L1
  • The Cobblers have scored two or more goals in five of last six league games

Last Time Out – 28/09/2019 – Morecambe 2-2 Northampton

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Starting 11 vs Morecambe

Prediction – Northampton 3-2 Leyton Orient


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“If We Perform We Feel We Can Get a Result”

Port Vale manager John Askey is hoping his side can take confidence into Saturday’s clash against Leyton Orient. The Valiants picked up their first away win of the season on Tuesday night and Askey is keen for another good performance at Orient. Speaking to port-vale.co.uk the league is much of a muchness, it is about us, if we perform we feel we can get a result”.

  • Sit 13th on 13 points (four off playoffs)
  • Unbeaten in last two games
  • One loss in last four – W2  D1  L1
  • League Record – P10  W3  D4  L3  F11  A14

Vale’s win in midweek came in a 3-2 victory at Macclesfield in the Leasing.com trophy. After falling behind early on from Joe Ironside, goals from Scott Burgess, Richie Bennett and Jake Taylor helped them to victory before Theo Archibald pulled a consolation goal back. Askey was pleased with his sides performance stating to port-vale.co.uk the longer the game went on the better we got, you couldn’t ask anymore of them really tonight. They played some really good football and there were some great goals scored”.

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Port Vale’s Last Six Results

Defender James Gibbons has made the right back berth is own this season and has started nine of the ten league games so far. The 21 year old progressed through the academy and was keen to highlight the difference between this season and last season. Speaking to port-vale.co.uk we are a lot more organised from top to bottom throughout the club. Last year when we would fall behind we would crumble and we knew it wasn’t good enough. This year it is a lot better, the lads demand a lot off each other. Showed that last Saturday, we fell behind twice and came back to get a draw”

  • Failed to score in two league games
  • Scored in last two games (netting five)
  • Only scored four goals in last five league games
  • Failed to score in last two away games

Tuesday victory at Macclesfield saw Askey rotate his squad giving some of the fringe players a chance to impress. The 54 year old joined Vale back in 2019 has been dealt with a hefty injury list in recent weeks but after Tuesday’s performance he is happy with what he has available in reserve. Speaking to port-vale.co.uk we don’t need to push anyone back, we proved it on Tuesday with the performance with the players who came in”.

  • Kept two league clean sheets 
  • Without clean sheet in last three games
  • One in last six in all competitions
  • No clean sheet in last 10 away games

Vale sit comfortably in mid table but are without a win away from home this season. Despite being without an away league win since March Askey is not worried about the run and feels it will change soon. Speaking to port-vale.co.uk the performances have been decent, we might not have won but we have got results. Tuesday night was our first win and we’re not to concerned if it continues. Last season we had a better away record than home so it is about trying to get a happy medium”.

  • Away League Record – P5  W0  D2  L3  F4  A10
  • Only Scunthorpe  (0) have taken less points away than Vale
  • Lost last three away league games
  • No win in last eight away league games – D4  L4
  • One win in last 14 away league games – W1  D7  L6

Vale travel to East London looking for back to back away wins for first time since October 2017. Askey’s side have played sides towards the upper reaches of the league so far away from home. Despite Orient sitting near the bottom, Askey highlights the league is very tight. Speaking to port-vale.co.ukwhoever you play in the league you respect them. It is about us if we perform life we are we can get a result. We have just got to make sure we work hard first of all then stop them playing”.

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Vale’s Next Six Fixtures

Team News

David Amoo, Tom Conlon, Cristano Montano and Rhys Browne are all set to miss out through injury. Mark Cullen is a doubt after picking up a knock against Macclesfield while midfielder Manny Okyleke is unlikely to be risked despite playing 20 minutes on his return from injury on Tuesday night.

Head to Head – Port Vale 33, Draw 8, Leyton Orient 18

Last Meeting – 28/03/2015 – Leyton Orient 3-1 Port Vale

Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Port Vale have only won two of the last seven meetings – W2  L5
  • Port Vale have not won at Brisbane Road since 1994, four games – conceded 11 goals
  • Vale have scored in six of the last seven meetings
  • Vale have scored in their last six trips to Brisbane Road
  • There has not been a draw between the sides since 1948, 27 games

Last Time Out – 24/09/2019 – Macclesfield 2-3 Port Vale, Leasing.com trophy

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Starting 11 vs Macclesfield

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Port Vale


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“I’m Expecting a Good Game of Football”

Exeter City manager Matt Taylor is relishing life at the top of League Two but insist his side won’t be sitting on their laurels. The Grecians host Leyton Orient looking for a fifth consecutive win for the first time since January 2017. Taylor stated to exetercityfc.co.uk I’m expecting a good game of football. We’re in good form, up against a team who have got to come to our place and give it everything they have got”.

  • Sit 1st on 17 points
  • League Record – P7  W5  D2  L0  F10  A4
  • One of two unbeaten teams in League Two
  • Only lost one of their last nine games – W6  D2  L1

Exeter made it five wins from seven league games last weekend with a 3-1 victory at Carlisle. Lee Martin set them on their way before Olufela Olomola equalised but second half goals from Aaron Martin and Nicky Law sent them home happy. Taylor was left happy with the win but knows their was some room for improvement. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk it was a good performance, I wouldn’t say great performance. We would have killed Carlisle off a lot earlier than we did”.

Exeter Last 6

Exeter’s Last Six Results

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Exeter’s Next Six Games

Following an unbeaten August, Taylor was named League Two manager of month on Friday after collecting 14 points from a possible 16. Despite an unbeaten start, Taylor was quick to look forward and continue their form in September. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk you want to keep on playing well, you want to keep picking up points. We had a private meeting this morning where the emphasis was on the opportunities to come in the next few weeks and we’ve got to make the most of them”.

Points after 7 games

Points after first seven games and finishing league position

Midfielder Nicky Law returned to the side at Carlisle last week after recovering from injury, netting on his return. The 31 year old joined the Grecians back in 2018 and praised the togetherness in the team. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk we’re in a good place as a team, everyone is playing well. The ethic we have this year, no stars, team ethic from front to back. The back boys have had a lot of credit and rightfully so. We’re delighted with the start, unbeaten”.

  • Home Record this season – W3  D1
  • Only lost one of their last seven home games – W5  D1 L1
  • No won three home games on the spin since October 2018

The Grecians netted three at Carlisle but Taylor thought his side should have scored more. Exeter have only netted four goals in four home games so far this season but the 37 year old feels his side need to be more ruthless in front of goal. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk if you’re going to be close to the top or compete at the top of the league, you need to be top at the top of all the charts. We have got to take our chances. When we do create and we’ve got to make the most of them. Football’s a simple game, score when you get the chance and stop the opposition as much as you possibly can”.

  • Scored in eight of last nine games
  • Scored in last four games (netting eight)
  • Scored in last nine home games (only two or more goals in two of them)

Midfielder Jack Sparkes has started the last four games for the Grecian in the right wing back berth. The 18 year old is enjoying life at St James Park and highlights they just need to concentrate on themselves ahead of the visit of Orient. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk if we focus on ourselves we should do the business. We’re trying to build momentum throughout the season, the more wins we get more confident we will be when stopping on the pitch”.

  • Kept five clean sheets this season
  • Kept two in their last three games
  • Only Newport (2) have conceded fewer goals than Exeter

Despite nine points separating Exeter and Orient, Taylor is fully aware his side need to be on top for to get a result against the O’s. The former Exeter defender has never beaten the O’s as a player but will be hoping that record can change as a manager on Saturday. Speaking to exetercityfc.co.uk on Orientnewly promoted, we’ve not played them for a couple of seasons. A team that has been through a lot on the back of success. The character they’ve got is clear for everyone to see and a spirit about them which is second to none. We’ve got to match them in all areas and hopefully a bit of quality will show through on the day”.

  • Unbeaten in last 10 league games – W6  D4
  • Scored 60% (6/10) league goals in last 30 minutes of matches
  • Netted four goals after the 75th minute
  • Two of the three home goals have been after the 60th minute

Team News

Nigel Atangana and Lee Holmes are both still unavailable due to injury while forward Nicky Ajose is a major doubt after a knee injury picked up in training. Matt Jay is pushing for a start after impressing off the bench at Carlisle.

Taylor on his squad (exetercityfc.co.uk)three or four are struggling at the moment. Three games in a week, we will need everyone in terms of the squad”.

Head to Head – Exeter 32, Draw 24, Leyton Orient 33

Last Meeting – 02/01/2017 – Exeter City 4-0 Leyton Orient

Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Exeter have won the last five meetings – Scoring 15, conceding just two
  • Exeter have scored 13 in the last four games at home against Orient
  • Exeter have only lost one of the last seven games – W1  L6
  • Orient haven’t won at St James Park since 2001, D2  L5
  • There has been three or more goals in seven of the last eight meetings

Last Time Out – 07/09/2019 – Carlisle 1-3 Exeter City

Exeter at Carisle

Starting 11 vs Carlisle

Prediction – Exeter 3-1 Leyton Orient


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“It Will be a Great Test and One of Our Toughest at Home”

Leyton Orient Interim Head Coach Ross Embleton is relishing the visit of former club Swindon Town to the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday. Embleton left the Robins back in 2017 and is expected a tough test when he faces them for the first time. Speaking to leytonorient.com they are a good team, have got good players, in a well backed squad. I expect them to be a real competitor this year pushing towards promotion. It will be a great test and one of our toughest at home”.

  • Sit 15th on eight points
  • League Record – P6  W2  D2  L2  F7  A9
  • Only lost one of their last five games – W2  D2  L1
  • Not won back to back games since April

The O’s head into the Swindon clash on the back of a 2-0 home win over Southend in the Leasing.com trophy. Dan Happe and Dale Gorman grabbed their first goals of the campaign to give Orient their first win in three games. Embleton was pleased with his sides performance stating to leytonorient.com the message before the game was a case of go out to win, it was a night for opportunities. Last year tells you if you approach things right you never know where it will take you”.

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Orient’s Last Six Results

Goalkeeper Sam Sargeant made his first competitive start since November 2017 on Tuesday night and kept his second clean sheet of the season. The 21 year old came on in the opening day win against Cheltenham and credited the whole team performance in their win over Southend. Speaking to leytonorient.com credit to the team as a whole, we did well to ride storms at certain points in the game when they started chucking people forward. It was positive from the team, a win and clean sheet”.

  • Conceded nine league goals – fourth most in league
  • One clean sheet in last four games
  • Without clean sheet in last three league games

Embleton rotated his squad on Tuesday allowing several of is squad players to have their first starts of the season. The O’s should have won by more than two on the night and the 37 year old was pleased with the competition for places in the squad. Speaking to leytonorient.com a number of times we should have added to the score line. Tonight was about giving an opportunity to people to make their mark on the game, impose themselves and give me a problem. A number done that today”

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Orient’s Next Six Fixtures

Orient’s interim head coach spent just under two seasons and the County Ground ending with relegation to League Two. Embleton revealed he learnt a lot from his time with the Robins stating to leytonorient.com it was a very difficult time and period. It was my first real experience of first team football which didn’t end too well. There will properly be a bit of an edge towards the game in terms of how I left. I look back on the fact I learnt a huge amount about myself and first team football”.

  • Joined Swindon November 2015 as first team coach
  • 2015/2016 – finished 15th in League One
  • 2016/2017 – finished 22nd in League One – relegated to League Two

With the added incentive of Kids for a Quid, Swindon are set to backed by a sold out away following of 1300 in East London. Embleton acknowledged the Robins away following but feels it will only make the home fans louder. “I know how loud Swindon can be at home and away but I know what that can do to our stadium. Our place has been rocking in recent times and I fully expect the home support to be on their feet”.

  • Orient have only lost one of their last 11 home games – W7  D3  L1
  • Not lost back to back home league games since October 2017
  • Kept three clean sheets in last four home games
  • Four clean sheets in last five home league games

The O’s battled back to earn a point at Salford last weekend after conceding in the first half. Despite having the qualities to get back into recent games, the 37 year old feels at the moment his side are giving themselves a mountain to climb. Speaking to leytonorient.com we have shown real steel and desire to get back in to games in the last two away games. Collectively the message has been to not give ourselves obstacles to get over. Get ahead and manage games better than we have”.

  • Conceded six in the last three league games
  • Conceded five of their nine league goals in the first 30 minutes of games

Team News

Josh Coulson, Josh Wright and James Brophy are set to start on Saturday after overcoming knocks. Joe Widdowson could return after recovering from a rib injury. Dean Brill is set to return in goal while Louis Dennis should return in attack. Jamie Turley, James Dayton and Jobi McAnuff are all still out.

Head to Head – Leyton Orient 29, Draw 25, Swindon 27

Last Meeting – 03/05/2015 – Swindon Town 2-2 Leyton Orient

Head to Head

The Last Seven Meetings Between Sides

  • Orient have only lost one of the last ten meetings – W5  D4  L1
  • Three of the last four wins in fixture have been by the away side
  • At least three goals in three of last four meetings
  • Orient have only lost one of the last five home meetings – W2  D2  L1
  • Orient have scored in last four games and eight of last nine meetings

Last Time Out – 03/09/2019 – Leyton Orient 2-0 Southend

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Orient Starting 11 vs Southend

Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-2 Swindon Town

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