Leyton Orient host Barnsley at Brisbane Road this Saturday in an important weekend of League One football for both clubs. Barnsley will be looking to close in on automatic promotion whereas Leyton Orient aim to close the gap to the Play-offs.
Leyton Orient currently sit tenth in League One after 12 games. With five wins, two draws and five losses, Orient have 17 points to their name and are three points adrift of the final Play-off place.
In their last five games in all competitions, Orient have four wins and one loss. In the Football League Trophy, Orient faced Fulham’s U21 team. Ethan Galbraith and Idris El Mizouni both scored in the 2 - 2 draw that saw the tie sent to penalties. Imani Jamal Lanquedoc missed his penalty for Fulham and gave Orient the 5 - 4 win. Orient then followed that up with a win against Shrewsbury. Ruel Sotiriou scored the only goal of the game in the 1 - 0 win for Orient.
Jack Marriott’s goal was the difference for Fleetwood’s 1 - 0 win against Orient, with both sides finishing with ten men after both Carl Johnston and Galbraith were sent off in the ninth minute of extra time. The game against Lincoln City was postponed, but Orient grabbed a 2 - 1 win against Reading with Jordan Brown and George Moncur on the scoresheet.
The last time out for Leyton Orient was against Carlisle. Sotiriou scored the only goal of the game in the first half of a 1 - 0 win for Orient, despite Carlisle having 60% of the possession.
Barnsley, on the other hand, sit third. In 12 games, Barnsley have picked up seven wins, one draw and four losses, leaving them on 22 points, five points back from automatic promotion.
In their last five games in all competitions, Barnsley have four wins and a loss. Callum Styles and Devante Cole both scored to give Barnsley the 2 - 1 win, with Louis Appere scoring in the 98th minute for Northampton Town. In the Football League Trophy, Barnsley faced Manchester City’s U21 team. Conor McCarthy and Jon Russel put Barnsley in a 2 - 0 lead, but William Dickson scored for City to make it 2 - 1 going into halftime. Emmaisa Nzondo scored in the 79th minute to wrap it up for a 3 - 1 Barnsley win.
The one loss came against the run of play against Blackpool. Barnsley couldn’t manage a single shot on goal as a penalty from Jordan Rhodes gave Blackpool the 1 - 0 win. Barnsley bounced back in style against Cambridge United. Nicky Cadden, Mael de Gevigney, Max Watters and Russell all scored in a 4 - 0 win.
The most recent outing for Barnsley was against Exeter City. John McAtee scored the only goal of the game in the 89th minute to give Barnsley the 1 - 0 win despite having less of the possession.
Leyton Orient and Barnsley have met 55 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming back in 1905. Barnsley have a marginally better record in the fixture with 23 wins in comparison to Orient’s 22 wins, with the other ten meetings ending in a share of the points.