Leyton Orient will be aiming to extend their lead at the top of the League Two table this weekend as they host Crawley Town, who could drop back into the relegation zone with a defeat.
The hosts have amassed a 10 point gap at the top of the League Two table, having gained 67 points from their 32 league games so far this campaign. However, this lead may be slightly misleading as they have played three more games than Stevenage who currently occupy second place.
Richie Wellens’ side enter this tie on the back of an impressive run of form that has seen the O’s go undefeated in their last four league games, winning three. This will have come as a relief to Wellens and co after they lost back to back games for
The O’s featured in midweek action on Tuesday night as they hosted Rochdale at Brisbane Road. Ruel Sotiriou and Idris El Mizouni netted first-half goals for Orient to give them a comfortable lead but the visitors pulled one back through a Danny Lloyd after the break as the game ended 2-1.
The visitors currently occupy 22nd place in League Two and are only above the relegation zone on goal difference. The Red Devils have gained 26 points from their 28 league games so far this campaign.
Scott Lindsay’s side come into this tie following a disappointing run of form that has seen the Reds record just one victory in their last eight league matches, recording five defeats in this time.
Crawley were also in action on Tuesday evening as they travelled to face Stockport County. Despite taking an early lead thanks to a Jack Powell free kick, the Reds were undone by a brace from Kyle Wootton as Stockport eventually ran out 2-1 winners.
Crawley have particularly struggled away from home this year and are still without an away league win this season. Since the rebrand in 2004-5, only Cambridge (in 04/05) have waited longer for their first away league win in the fourth tier. It is hard to envisage their first win coming at Brisbane road which has been made a fortress so far this campaign.
In recent meetings of these sides, it has been Leyton Orient who have dominated proceedings, winning three of the last four in all competitions, at a scoreline of 9-1 across the four games. However, surprisingly, Orient have struggled in home fixtures against Crawley and have lost the past three.
When these sides met at Broadfield Stadium earlier in the season, Leyton Orient were helped to a 1-0 victory thanks to a Tom James goal in the second period. The Orient full-back unleashed an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area to record his second of the season as the O’s comfortably held onto their one-goal advantage.
Unsurprisingly, given the respective league positions of these two sides, it is Leyton Orient who are heavily favoured at the bookies ahead of this weekend @ ½, whilst a shock win for Crawley is priced @ 17/4.