Leyton Orient will be hoping to emulate their 2010/2011 FA Cup run that saw them knock two Championship sides out of the competition on their way to the Fifth Round. Although Hull remain focused on their league campaign as they are currently second in the Championship they will still be keen to avoid an upset. Here we preview Saturday’s action:
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Steve Bruce looks set to rest a number of players for the game against the O’s. Bruce’s Hull are chasing promotion to Premier League and therefore the manager is keen to give his first team players a rest after a busy festive period.
Ahmed Elmohamady (calf), Robert Koren (heel) and top scorer Sone Aluko (calf) are expected to miss Saturday’s match. Jack Hobbs is also likely to be rested.
This will pave the way for a number of fringe players to get some competitive action. The likes of Alex Bruce, Paul McShane, Tom Cairney and Paul McKenna are available for Bruce and Nick Proschwitz and Jay Simpson are set to play a part after impressing during substitute appearances.
Aaron McLean is the only ex-Orient player currently in the Hull City squad, however he will not be available to face his former club as he joined Ipswich Town on loan earlier this week. The striker came through the ranks at Brisbane Road but his development was hindered by injury. He made 45 appearances and scored 3 goals for the O’s from August 1999 until March 2003 when he was released.
Kevin Lisbie and Gary Sawyer remain doubtful for the match against Hull. Lisbie missed the defeat to Yeovil on New Year’s Day with a shoulder injury and he will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the FA Cup tie. Sawyer has missed the last two matches with a dead leg and he may miss a third match on Saturday.
Nathan Clarke and Lee Butcher are certain to miss the game with foot and knee injuries respectively.
Ryan Allsop’s indecision over a new contract will most likely see him remain on the bench, meaning Jamie Jones will continue his run of games in goal.
Should Sawyer and Lisbie be ruled out, it is likely that Leon McSweeney and Ryan Brunt will continue to fill in. After a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at the hands of Yeovil, Russell Slade may choose to make changes defensively, with Scott Cuthbert poised to return to the starting lineup.
It has been almost 9 years since the two sides last met. That match took place at the KC Stadium and the home side claimed a comfortable 3-0 win against the O’s. Orient’s last win against Hull came in January 2003, with the O’s claiming a 2-0 win at Brisbane Road thanks to goals from Lee Thorpe and Jabo Ibehre.
Hull are yet to beat the O’s in the FA Cup. The two teams were drawn together in the 1962/63 season, but they could not be separated as they played out a 1-1 draw at Brisbane Road forcing a replay. A week later Orient progressed to the fourth round by claiming a 2-0 win over Hull after extra time.