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Match Preview | Leyton Orient (A)

U's make shortest away trip of the season on Saturday

4 February 2022

Wayne Brown's side will be heading to East London on Saturday afternoon, to take on an out of form Leyton Orient side in the latest Sky Bet League Two action.

Colchester United have made it three games unbeaten for the first time since the start of the season under the interim guidance of Wayne Brown, Joe Dunne and Dave Huzzey. 

The U's have played out two 1-1 draws in their last two games, against Swindon Town and Rochdale, but will be hoping to secure their second consecutive away victory at the Breyer Group Stadium, after the 3-0 win at Salford City. 

After the home draw with Rochdale on Tuesday evening, Wayne Brown will once again be without Shamal George and Luke Chambers with both still suspended, but could utilise two more of his deadline day signings, with Camron Gbadebo and Tyreik Wright available. But Tommy Smith could be included in the squad after returning from international duty with New Zealand. 

The Opposition
Leyton Orient will be hoping they can end their bad run of form against the U's on Saturday afternoon, with Kenny Jackett's side not taking a league victory in their last six attempts. 

The O's last win came on the 7th December, a 4-1 home win against Swindon Town, but they have taken just two points from the last eighteen available. 

In their last fixture, Orient picked up a point on the road with a 1-1 draw at Bradford City. But the hosts for Saturday's fixture will be disappointed that it was not a victory after conceding in the last ten minutes of the game. 

Darren Pratley was on target for the East London side, but the goals have been coming from a prolific partnership of Aaron Drinan and Harry Smith for the majority of the season. 

The two forwards are on thirteen goals apiece, one of the most prolific partnerships in the league, but neither have hit the target in the last seven games, when they were both on the scoresheet in the 4-1 win against Swindon Town. 

At the other end of the pitch, the O's 'keeper Lawrence Vigouroux, has kept eight clean sheets in his twenty-four league appearances this season. The shot-stopper had the third best record last season, but has seen a slightly leakier defence this campaign. 

Orient will be aiming to reignite their push for the play-offs, but currently sitting fifteenth with thirty-three points, ten off the top seven, they will need a good run to get back up there. 

Last Time We Met

The two sides played out a goalless stalemate in the last meeting. In East London, in the second half of last season, neither side was able to break the deadlock as Steve Ball's side had to settle for a point.

Tickets are now on sale from the U's Ticket Office. Call 01206 755161, 10am - 3pm, Monday to Friday to purchase yours, or they will also be available from the Ticket Windows both before (up until one hour before KO) and after (for a short while) the U's home game against Rochdale on 1st February. We would strongly advise to purchase tickets in advance. 

Prices for the fixture are below. 

Advance Matchday
Adult - £20 Adult - £23
Concession* - £19 Concession* - £21
U18s - £8 U18 - £8

Click HERE for full ticketing info for Saturday's game. 

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