Match Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Leyton Orient


Home Team

Although Wycombe currently sit at the foot of the table, their home form has picked up recently. They recorded vital home wins against fellow strugglers Rochdale and Tranmere, as well as a five goal demolition of Hartlepool in their last home match. However, their form has been inconsistent and the Chairboys’ confidence may have been dented by their 4-1 defeat at the hands of Scunthorpe at the weekend, but it still may not be an easy game for Leyton Orient, as Wanderers are still fighting for survival in League One.


In the wake of the defeat at Scunthorpe, Wycombe Wanderers boss Gary Waddock has suggested that he will make changes to the starting line up for the visit of Leyton Orient. Wycombe will be without top scorer Stuart Beavon so there could be a recall for striker Ben Strevens, who scored for Wycombe when the two sides met at Brisbane Road in August. Waddock may also call on experienced midfielder Gareth Ainsworth to lead Wycombe’s bid to beat the drop.


Away Team

Leyton Orient go into this game hoping to continue their good away form to compensate for a poor home record this term. A late goal on Saturday denied the O’s their first home win this calendar year and salvaged a point for a struggling Walsall side. Orient are unbeaten in their last three games on the road and Russell Slade will see the game at Adam’s Park as an opportunity to respond positively from Saturday’s disappointment.


However, their task will be made more difficult due to fresh injury problems throughout the squad. On loan goalkeeper Marek Stech is certain to miss out due to ankle injury picked up at the weekend, while defender Ryan Dickson will also be unavailable, as he suffered a thigh strain in the early stages of the Walsall game. Cardiff man Soloman Taiwo will begin his three match ban immediately, after his appeal against the red card that he received at the weekend was turned down.  Scott Cuthbert and David Mooney may also miss tonight’s match as they struggle for fitness. Leon McSweeney was not included in the squad to face Walsall, he is rumoured to have been ill, however it is possible he will return to the Orient back line.


New signing Paul Rachubka will replace Marek Stech in goal, while Calvin Andrew may make his full debut. It is likely that Russell Slade will continue to utilise the 4-5-1 formation that he has often used to great effect away from home this season.



Possible Team


  • 28 Paul Rachubka
  • Terrell Forbes
  • 4 Ben Chorley
  • 26 Dean Leacock
  • 14 Leon McSweeney
  • 7 Dean Cox
  • 20 Jimmy Smith
  • 16 Matthew Spring
  • 17 Marc Laird
  • 9 Kevin Lisbie
  • 11 Calvin Andrew


  • 5 Scott Cuthbert
  • 2 Syam Ben Youssef
  • 15 George Porter
  • 18 Jonathan Tehoue
  •  39 David Mooney



 Last Meeting


Leyton Orient v Wycombe Wanderers


Cox                   Strevens,

                                    Donnely (pen)




League Form

Wycombe  LLLWL

Orient         LWLDD


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