MATCH PREVIEW: Cambridge United v Leyton Orient – League Two


The O’s will be keen to put last weekend’s heavy defeat behind them by getting back to winning ways when they make the trip to the Abbey Stadium. Cambridge United will also be hoping to improve as they are currently on a poor run of form, particularly at home. Here we preview Saturday’s game:

[textmarker color=”FF9203″ type=”background color”]Cambridge United[/textmarker]

Last Season

League Two: 19th

FA Cup: 4th round

League Cup: 1st Round

Top scorer: Robbie Simpson 9


Summer Transfers

[tabs title1=”IN” text1=”Luke Berry (Barnsley, Undisclosed), Daniel Carr (Huddersfield Town), Barry Corr (Southend United), Keith Keane (Preston North End), Leon Legge (Gillingham), Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient), Mark Roberts (Fleetwood Town), Sam Beasant (Stevenage), Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town), Conor Newton (Rotherham United), George Taft (Burton Albion, Loan), Jacob Blyth (Leicester City, Loan), Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town, Loan).” tabs title2=”OUT” text2=”Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town), Mitch Austin (Central Coast Mariners), Ryan Bird (Yeovil Town), Tom Champion (Barnet), Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon), Johnny Hunt (Chester), Michael Nelson (Barnet), Richard Tait (Grimsby Town), Bobby-Joe Taylor (Maidstone United), Ayrton Bevins, Luke Chadwick, Matteo Lanzoni, Ian Miller, Will Norris (Braintree Town, Loan), Jordan Chiedozie (Braintree Town, Loan).” ]

This Season

League Two: 12th  FA Cup: N/A  League Cup: 1st round  Top Scorer:  Barry Corr 5

Richard Money’s Cambridge United have made a slow start to the new season having won just two, drawn two and lost four games so far in all competitions.

The Us have gone four games without a win and they have suffered defeat in each of their last three home games.

Last Saturday Cambridge suffered a 3-1 defeat at Luton Town. The Hatters took advantage of the U’s being reduced to ten men shortly after the hour mark when Harrison Dunk received a second yellow card for handball.


Team News

Richard Money looks set to have a depleted squad available to him as he prepares his side to face the league leaders.

Harrison Dunk is suspended for the match against the O’s following his dismissal last weekend.

Ryan Donaldson suffered an ankle injury against Luton which is likely to keep him out of action for the next three weeks. He joins Keith Keane (illness) and Jeff Hughes (thigh strain) on the injury list. Rory Gaffney is still unavailable as he continues his recovery from his foot operation.

There are also concerns over the fitness of Barry Corr and Elliot Omozusi, who may miss the chance to play against his former club.


Ex O’s

Elliott Omozusi made 149 Orient appearances during two spells with the club. He joined Cambridge in the summer.

Robbie Simpson made 16 appearances for the O’s during the 2013/14 season.

Cambridge forward Jordan Chiedozie (currently on loan at Braintree Town) is the son of former Leyton Orient player John Chiedozie.


[textmarker color=”0262C2″ type=”background color”]Leyton Orient[/textmarker]

Orient’s 100% league record came to sudden halt last Saturday as they suffered a 4-0 defeat against Exeter City at St James Park.

The O’s made a disastrous start, as Charlie Grainger conceded a penalty less than five minutes into the match and Tom Nichols scored from the spot. Alex Nicholls then scored the Grecians’ second shortly before half-time.

The prospect of a second-half comeback from the visitors was quickly dashed. Exeter were awarded another penalty following a challenge from Alan Dunne and Nichols found the net again from twelve yards. David Wheeler then piled on the misery for the visitors by making it 4-0 with just over ten minutes remaining.

Despite the heavy loss, Ian Hendon has said that he was pleased with some aspects of Orient’s play and the O’s have remained at the top of League Two. However, the Orient boss has acknowledged that he may have to adapt his side’s approach in the coming weeks.

Team News

Alex Cisak is available for selection again after returning from international duty with Australia. Charlie Grainger started in goal in the two games that Cisak missed, but the former Burnley stopper looks set to regain his place for the trip to Cambridge.

Alan Dunne replaced Frazer Shaw at left back against Exeter City, however the former Millwall man had a difficult afternoon and therefore Shaw has a good chance of returning to the starting lineup.

Mathieu Baudry overcame an Achilles injury to partner Conor Essam in the centre of defence last weekend therefore he is expected to be fit for this weekend too.

Jack Payne was an unused substitute last Saturday, but he will be hoping to be handed his Orient debut on Saturday.

Jobi McAnuff featured in a reserve fixture in mid-week and he may be a part of Orient’s matchday squad for the first time this season when the O’s face the U’s.



Leyton Orient and Cambridge United haven’t played each other in over ten years.

They were both League Two sides when they last met at Brisbane Road in March 2005 and they played out a 1-1 draw. Matt Lockwood opened the scoring for the hosts with just under twenty minutes left but Tes Bramble hit back just three minutes later to secure a point for the visitors.

Orient’s last visit to the Abbey Stadium was in November 2004 for a Football League Trophy tie which the O’s won by two goals to nil as Jabo Ibehre and Wayne Carlisle found the net.

Cambridge’s last home win over Orient came in August 2002. The U’s won 2-1 thanks to a brace from Dave Kitson. Jamal Campbell-Ryce scored for the O’s that day.

Orient’s last away league win over the U’s was a comprehensive one. In November 2003 goals from Lee Thorpe, Justin Miller and two from Wayne Purser put the O’s 4-0 up, however John Turner denied the O’s a clean sheet as he grabbed a consolation goal.



[textmarker color=”000000″ type=”background color”]Match Officials[/textmarker]

Referee: Oliver Langford

Assistants: Robert Hyde and Richard Kendall

Fourth Official: Akil Howson


Abbey Stadium

Capacity: 9,617 (4,376 Seated)

Post Code: CB5 8LN


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