Leyton Orient welcome table-toppers Sutton United to Brisbane Road this Saturday for new head coach Justin Edinburgh’s first home game in charge.
The O’s occupy 20th place in the Vanarama National League, and sit just three points off the relegation zone with 21 points from 23 matches.
Orient come into the game on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat away to bottom of the table Solihull Moors. Liam Daly’s 58th minute header saw the O’s winless run in the league stretched to 15 games.
Edinburgh has a tough job on his hands as the festive fixtures begin to pile up in the coming weeks. However, after a full week of preparation with the squad he will be hoping to see a response from his players against an in-form opposition.
For Sutton, the picture is far brighter with the U’s sitting joint top of the table with four wins in their last five league matches.
Paul Doswell’s men have won 12, drawn six and lost five of their 23 league matches, taking 42 points from the 69 available this season.
In their last outing, goals in each half from Tom Bolarinwa and Tommy Wright helped Sutton to a 2-0 home victory over Eastleigh, which propelled the U’s to the National League summit.
Doswell will stress to his players the importance of maintaining their focus, and to avoid complacency against an Orient side who are desperate to end their poor run of form.
Ones to Watch:
Orient striker Macauley Bonne has bagged nine goals for the O’s this season, his clinical finishing will be required if the O’s are to get a result this weekend. The 22-year-old, standing at 180cm tall, is dangerous in the air and with the ball at his feet. Bonne has a good work ethic, and his physical strength proves a nuisance for opposition defences.
Sutton striker and top scorer Craig Dundas has notched seven goals for the U’s this season, and will be keen to add to that personal tally and maintain his side’s position at the top of the league. Dundas returned to the club in 2010 having spent a year with Hampton and Richmond. He was leading scorer in consecutive seasons for the U’s, 2012-13 and 2013-14, and has scored 105 goals in 479 appearances for them.
Previous Six Results:
|Solihull Moors 1-0 Leyton Orient||Sutton United 2-0 Eastleigh|
|Torquay United 3-0 Orient||Guiseley 0-2 Sutton|
|Orient 2-2 Chester||Sutton 0-1 Torquay|
|Orient 1-1 Dover Athletic||Sutton 3-2 Halifax Town|
|Ebbsfleet United 2-1 Orient||Solihull Moors 0-2 Sutton|
|Gillingham 2-1 Orient (FA Cup)||Cambridge United 1-0 Sutton (FA Cup)|
Stats and Facts:
- Orient’s last league win was at Brisbane Road, a 4-1 victory over Guiseley on September 2nd, since then they have collected just two points from 21 available at home (P7 W0 D2 L5)
- The O’s have scored 15, and conceded 16 goals in their 11 league matches at Brisbane Road this season.
- Orient have failed to score in just three of their eleven home matches in the National League.
- Sutton have played 11matches away from home this season winning six, drawing three and losing two (21 points from 33 available)
- They have conceded 25 goals all season, only two teams in the top eight equal or surpass that figure – Bromley (27) and Dagenham and Redbridge (25)
- Paul Doswell’s side have kept just four clean sheets in eleven league matches on the road this season.
Orient travelled to Sutton for their first game in the National League on the opening day of the season, 5th August.
Jamie Collins 15th minute penalty and Dean Beckwith’s close -range strike on 34 minutes saw the U’s win 2-0 at Gander Green Lane.
Where and When?
The match will take place at Brisbane Road, the home of Leyton Orient, with kick off at 3pm.
Missing the Match?
Don’t worry if you cannot make the game this weekend. If you are on social media, you can follow live updates of the match via both clubs’ Twitter accounts (@leytonorientfc and @suttonunited)