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Leyton Orient v Walsall - Preview

Leyton Orient
vs.
Walsall

Matchroom Stadium (Brisbane Road)

29/12/12

3pm

Should the game go-ahead we find ourselves on our travels once more to Brisbane Road. (Pop to chippy across the road for a fish the size of your arm!)

Vital Quotes:

Russell Slade 'It's been a very frustrating week because we've not been able to play.

'We're eager to get out on the pitch and the other frustration is finding the right facility to train on.

Having said that, Walsall are in good form and have had two positive results in a row. You have to respect anybody who scores four goals at MK Dons.'

Leyton Orient Team News:

If the game goes ahead, striker Michael Symes (hamstring) could return but defender Nathan Clarke (foot) is out.

Player to watch: Kevin Lisbie

The former Charlton striker has scored 9 goals already this season and if he can shake of his knock sustained two weeks ago, then Walsall will need to mark the tailsman striker closely.

Walsall Team News:

Nicky Featherstone still remains on the sidelines but apart from that Dean Smith will have a near full squad to choose from.

Flo Cuvelier continues to regain match fitness and will continue on the bench.

Player to watch: Will Grigg

I could have easily gone for Febian Brandy following his outstanding performances lately but following his brace at the weekend, Will Grigg is hopefully finding his goalscoring form!

Match Facts & Stats

Leyton Orient have seen their last 2 matches postponed and will hopefully be slow off the mark.

Both clubs have often crossed paths in the lower leagues and have played 66 games against each other.

Leyton Orient Wins - 27
Walsall wins - 22
Draws - 17

Walsall are undefeated in their last 7 games.

In October Walsall lost their home fixture 2-1 against the O's.

Ref Watch:

The man in the middle is Gavin Ward from Surrey (Not our ex goalkeeper!) Neither side has won when Gavin Ward has refereed. Walsall lost their last game 4-2 at home to Bury with Gavin in the middle. He has refereed 18 times this season issuing 39 yellow cards and only 1 red. Only 1 home team has won when he has officiated this season.

Match Prediction:

If the match is on then I would be happy with a point on the boggy pitch. Hopefully Leyton Orient will be as sluggish as the pitch and we can make it three wins on the bounce.

Next Fixtures:

WALSALL v Stevenage 01/01/13
Yeovil v LEYTON ORIENT 01/01/13


Writer:Kev
Date:Friday December 28 2012
Time: 11:48PM

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