Carlisle United travel to the Matchroom stadium this weekend, as they face Leyton Orient in the FA Cup. The two clubs have already met in League One this season, with the O’s registering a 1-0 victory.
After 15 League One matches, Leyton Orient have earned a spot in 14th place, with five wins, five draws and five defeats. Richie Wellen’s approach is built around solid defensive foundations and that is reflected via their goals conceded average per game of 1.2. Unfortunately for the O’s, they’ve scored less than one goal per game and failed to score in 40% of their matches.
Last time out against Burton Albion, Leyton Orient picked up their third draw in a row. The tie ended 0-0 and although there was plenty of shots at goal, neither side could convert their chances. The first half was rather dull, but both teams pushed for the winner after the break.
Since earning promotion to League One, the Blues have lost 50% of their 16 matches. Just like Leyton Orient, they actually have a rather respectable defensive record, but in attack, they’ve lacked any real threat. Carlisle have netted just 13 times and conceded 19.
This week, Carlisle experienced a 1-0 defeat for the third time in their last four matches. Paul Simpson’s side clearly prioritise their defensive security, but that also hinders their creativity in attack. The Cumbrians started brightly but they showed no intent to score in the second half whatsoever, registering just one attempt at goal.
Leyton Orient have only tasted defeat once in their last ten matches across all competitions and Carlisle have only been victorious in one away match all season. It is difficult to see the hosts losing this FA Cup tie.
The final prediction is Leyton Orient 1-0 Carlisle United.