Leyton Orient will be hoping to end their run of draws by beating Portsmouth at Brisbane Road. However, Pompey are in good form and they will be confident of continuing their unbeaten run. Here we preview the Boxing Day clash:
[textmarker color=”F00000″ type=”background color”]Leyton Orient[/textmarker]
Last Saturday Leyton Orient recorded their fourth consecutive 1-1 draw in the league. They hosted Yeovil Town and the Glovers took the lead in first-half stoppage time as series of defensive errors from the O’s allowed Francois Zoko to head home. However second-half substitute Jobi McAnuff had a positive impact on the game and he put the O’s back on level terms fifteen minutes from time as he found the top corner with a 30-yard strike.
On Tuesday night an Orient XI drew 1-1 in a friendly against Bishop’s Stortford. The O’s lineup included, Connor Essam, Alan Dunne, Charlie Grainger and Freddy Moncur along with five triallists. The O’s went ahead in the first half thanks to a trialist believed to ex-Yeovil striker Kieffer Moore. However, the hosts equalised when Essam gave away a penalty and Kieran Bywater converted from the spot.
The O’s are currently in 10th place in League Two but they are still only three points off the play-off places.
Jack Payne was stretchered off against Yeovil and although his shin injury is not as severe as first feared the Peterborough loanee will miss the match against Portsmouth.
There are a number of other injury concerns in the Orient squad that Ian Hendon will have to contend with.
Lloyd James picked up an ankle injury against Yeovil and Blair Turgott is struggling with a hamstring injury following the match against the Glovers. Therefore both men are doubts for Saturday’s game.
They join Paul McCallum, Dean Cox and Sammy Moore on the injury list.
Both John Marquis and Sean Clohessy missed the last Saturday’s game due to a knee injury and illness respectively. Marquis may well miss out again, however Clohessy could be back in contention.
Connor Essam is also pushing for a start after featuring in the friendly against Bishop’s Stortford alongside Alan Dunne and Freddy Moncur.
Cole Kpekawa joined Portsmouth on loan in March 2015 but he made just two appearances for Pompey before being recalled by his parent club.
John Marquis joined Portsmouth on a one-month loan in September 2013 and he scored 2 goals in 6 appearances for Pompey.
Alex Cisak Portsmouth in November 2012, but he managed to make just one appearance for Pompey before being recalled
Paul McCallum in January 2015. He joined League Two Portsmouth but only managed seven substitute appearances and he was sent-off late on in just his second game for the club.
[textmarker color=”2929D6″ type=”background color”]Portsmouth[/textmarker]
League 2: 16th
FA Cup: 1st round
League Cup: 2nd round
Top scorer: Jed Wallace 17
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League 2: 4th FA Cup: 3rd round League Cup: 2nd round Top Scorer: Conor Chaplin 7
Portsmouth are currently on an eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions that stretches all the way back to October. They have also won three in a row going into this Boxing Day game. They currently sit in 4th place in League Two on 40 points.
Last time out Pompey came from behind to defeat promotion rivals Northampton Town. The Cobblers took the lead after seventeen minutes through Ryan Cresswell. However, his goal was cancelled out by Gareth Evans just after the half-hour mark. Conor Chaplin then sealed all three points for Pompey five minutes from time.
Davies Webster Clarke Stevens
Evans McNulty Bennett
Bass, Haunstrup, Barton, Close, McGurk (McNulty 80′), Tollitt (Bennett 76′), Chaplin (Lavery 85′)
Paul Cook has a number of injury problems within his squad ahead of the Boxing Day clash.
Christian Burgess and Paul Jones look certain to miss the match due to ankle and knee injuries respectively.
Meanwhile, Gary Roberts, Matt Tubbs and Michael Doyle are all struggling with ankle problems and Jack Whatmough is also a doubt due to a knee injury.
Jayden Stockley joined the O’s on loan from Bournemouth in September 2013. He scored one goal in 11 appearances before returning to his parent club in November.
[textmarker color=”000000″ type=”background color”]Match Officials[/textmarker]
Referee: Graham Horwood
Assistants: John O’Brien and Paul Johnson
Fourth Official: Richard Kendall
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