Leyton Orient will be aiming to strengthen their grip on the League Two trophy on Saturday as they travel to Gander Green Lane to face Sutton United.
After a poor run of results, Sutton United now find themselves in 10th place in the league, nine points below the playoff places. With only five games left in their campaign, it seems as though a spot in the playoffs is going to be a near-impossible task for Matt Gray and his side.
Sutton come into this weekend on the back of six games without a win, of which they have lost three and drawn three. Worryingly for Matt Gray, his side have only scored twice in these five games, highlighting a lack of attacking quality in his side.
Back-to-back defeats over the Easter period all but ensured Sutton would not be in the League Two playoff picture heading into the final few matchdays. On Good Friday, Sutton were punished for not converting their chances as they were defeated 1-0 by promotion-chasing Stockport.
Last time out, Sutton were comfortably beaten by promotion-chasing Bradford. The Bantams found themselves three goals up thanks to goals from Andy Cook, Scott Banks, and Harry Chapman. Omar Bugiel nodded a late consolation for Sutton, whose playoff hopes are fading fast.
After a remarkable season, Leyton Orient look set to lift the League Two trophy as they currently have an eight-point gap at the top of the league and a game in hand over their nearest competition. With just six games left in their campaign, Orient could guarantee promotion with a win here.
Unsurprisingly, Richie Wellens has been nominated for League Two manager of the season as he looks to have guided the O’s to League One football next year. Wellens is joined by Paul Simpson and Steve Evans.
Last time out Orient were held to a frustrating draw as they let a two-goal lead slip against relegation-threatened Harrogate Town. Anthony O'Connor and George Thomson cancelled out a two-goal first-half brace from O's striker Ruel Sotiriou.
Sutton and Leyton Orient have only met in a competitive setting on four prior occasions, with Orient having won three of these. The largest winning margin in this fixture came in the first meeting of these sides in November 2021, where Orient recorded a 4-1 victory.
Richie Wellens’ side cruised to a 2-0 victory when these sides met in the reverse fixture in the league. Paul Smyth opened the scoring after 61 minutes when he collected a pass from Theo Archibald and lashed the ball into the top-right corner from 20 yards. An own goal in the 79th minute ensured Orient would take all the points.
These sides are fairly evenly matched at the bookies ahead of this matchup but it is Leyton Orient who are narrowly favoured @ 13/8, whilst a home win for Sutton is priced @ 17/10 and a draw is @ 2/1.
We are backing Ruel Sotiriou to score the first goal of the game as he has been in impressive form for Orient in recent weeks. Sotiriou has scored three goals in his last two league outings, games in which he was the first scorer on both occasions.