Match Preview: Leyton Orient v Brentford




Orient are now without a win in their last five games and they suffered a heavy defeat against the Bees in the reverse fixture. Russell Slade will be aware that the need for a win is far greater than the need to restore pride; it is a very real possibility that the O’s could be dragged into a relegation fight, despite looking comfortable around mid table earlier in the season. Orient have games in hand over all of the teams in the bottom four, however they do have a difficult run of fixtures coming up against sides that are challenging for promotion. Therefore, it is even more imperative that the O’s defeat more modest teams such as Brentford.

Dean Cox was a late withdrawal from the squad after suffering an injury in training late last week and Kevin Lisbie was rested after carrying a hip injury. Both should be fit for the game against Brentford. Defenders Scott Cuthbert, Ryan Dickson and Dean Leacock have all been unavailable recently; however they could be included in the squad on Saturday.  Loanee Jamal Campbell-Ryce picked up an injury last week against Tranmere so may also miss out. Orient will be without goalkeeping trio Lee Butcher, Jamie Jones and Marek Stech through injury, while Cardiff loanee Soloman Taiwo will continue to serve his suspension.




The Bees were outclassed last week against a strong Sheffield United side, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat. Brentford goalkeeper Simon Moore gifted Ched Evans a goal last week but Uwe Rosler has stated that he will stand by his goalkeeper by allowing him to continue in the starting line up. The Brentford boss had hoped to bring in a striker to replace former Orient favourite Gary Alexander after he signed for Crawley on loan last week. Brentford currently sit in tenth place with 47 points. Despite their safe position in mid-table, the Bees suffered a poor run of form from mid-December until mid-January as they went seven games without a win. Their form has improved to an extent but it remains inconsistent with three wins, three defeats and a draw since the end of January.

Brentford wingers Myles Weston and Sam Saunders will be hoping to be fit for the trip to Brisbane Road, Saunders was injured last week against Sheffield United and Weston picked up an ankle injury in midweek.  Defender Karleigh Osborne had been out since October, but he made a return with a substitute appearance last week and he could complete his recovery by starting against the O’s. Goalkeeper Richard Lee may also come into the side.  Kevin O’Connor and Marcus Bean will be unavailable due to injury.

Last Meeting


Brentford v Leyton Orient



McGinn 6’

Legge 52’

Saunders  54’, 75’

Bean 89’

League Form

Leyton Orient




Fixture History

Orient’s biggest win:  10/12/1955 4-1 FA Cup

Orient’s worst defeat:  20/08/2011 5-0 League One

Orient Wins:  14

Brentford Wins: 25

Draws:  11

Will Orient be able to end their poor run of form against their London rivals? Feel free to leave your comments and predictions below.


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