After gaining promotion in midweek, Leyton Orient will be aiming to record another win on Saturday afternoon as they are set to host Crewe Alexandra at Brisbane Road.
Despite recording a loss on Tuesday evening, Orient ensured that they will gain promotion back to the third tier for the first time since the 2014/2015 season. With just four games left in their campaign, the O’s have a seven-point lead at the top of the table and look set to lift the League Two trophy.
Before Tuesday evening, Orient had gone twelve games undefeated, a run stretching back to the end of January. During this run, the O’s had recorded impressive victories over the likes of Carlisle, Salford, and Sutton who were all aiming to secure promotion.
Orient’s twelve-game unbeaten run came to an end on Tuesday evening as they were beaten by Gillingham in an uncharacteristic display. An Omar Beckles red card in the opening fifteen minutes gave the Gills an advantage which they capitalised upon thanks to goals from Alex MacDonald and Cheye Alexander. In spite of their defeat, Orient ensured promotion as Stockport and Carlisle both recorded draws.
Unsurprisingly, Richie Wellens has been nominated for League Two manager of the season for the part that he played in guiding the O’s to League One football next year. Wellens is joined by Paul Simpson and Steve Evans.
After an average campaign, Crewe are in line to spend another year in League Two. Alexandra are currently sitting in 16th place in the table, twelve points ahead of the relegation zone and eighteen points beneath the playoff places.
The Railwaymen come into this weekend on the back of a good run of form which has seen them record three victories from their last four league outings. Crewe began the month with a 2-0 win over Doncaster and followed this up with another convincing victory as they put three past Barrow.
On Easter Monday Crewe suffered their biggest defeat of the season as they were thrashed 4-0 by a Colchester side who are fighting for survival. Crewe found themselves 3-0 down at the break and a Samson Tovide goal in the second period condemned the Railwaymen to a humbling defeat.
Last time out, Crewe got back to winning ways as they beat fellow mid-table sitters Walsall. Goals in the opening half an hour from Rod McDonald and Chris Long provided the Railwaymen with an unassailable lead as they managed to record a third clean sheet in four games.
Crewe have a good record in this fixture’s recent history and have won five of the last six meetings between these sides. Four of these games were won to nil, however, Orient’s attacking line has improved drastically since these encounters.
Despite Crewe’s good recent form in this fixture, it was Leyton Orient who recorded a comfortable victory when these sides met in the reverse fixture earlier on in the campaign. Goals either side of half-time from Ed Turns and Theo Archibald handed Richie Wellens’ side a convincing victory.
Unsurprisingly, given these sides' respective league positions, Orient are heavily favoured at the bookies ahead of this matchup and are currently priced @ 4/9, whilst an away victory for Crewe is priced @ 13/2. We are backing Leyton Orient to win 3-1 because of their impressive home form this year.