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Leyton Orient v Pools
Saturday 13th October 2018, 3pm
The Breyer Group Stadium
Just like Pools, Leyton Orient have had their fair share off-field drama during the last few years but things now seem to be coming together well at the newly-named Breyer Group Stadium.
The O’s were relegated alongside Pools in 2016/17 amidst ownership issues but they’ve now cast them aside and have made a strong start to the new campaign under boss Justin Edinburgh.
Orient are tucked in just behind leaders Salford City in the National League table going in to the weekend on the back of a run which has seen them win four out of their last five.
The only setback was the surprise defeat to Sutton United last time night on home soil and they’ll be looking to put that behind them against Pools when they’ll be backed by a near sell-out crowd after introducing a Football for a Fiver offer for the game.
Macauley Bonne has underlined his reputation as one of the most dangerous strikers at National League level by hitting double figures already this season.
The front man handed The O’s a massive boost in the opening month of the campaign by signing a new two-year deal with the club and has gone on to score 10 goals in 15 games since.
The 22-year-old has found the net six times in his last five games, including a hat-trick in Orient’s 5-1 win at Braintree Town at the end of last month.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 51st competitive meeting between the sides and it’s been fairly well matched over the years, though Pools just edge it historically having won 21 to Orient’s 20.
Pools did the double over The O’s last term, winning 2-1 in front of the BT Sport cameras in the capital last September thanks to goals from Jonathan Franks and Rhys Oates before Louis Laing scored the only goal in the return fixture in April.
There hasn’t been a draw in the last nine games between the teams – the last one came back in November 2011 when Neil Austin’s penalty cancelled out Dean Cox’s opener at Brisbane Road.
Adrian Quelch will oversee his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Leyton Orient.
He’s now in to his third season on the National League’s list of referees and has so far presided over six games during the current campaign.
Quelch saw Orient draw on home soil with Ebbsfleet United in the opening week of the season, while his most recent outing was for Solihull Moors’ win at Havant & Waterlooville a fortnight ago.
Mark Simpson will be providing live commentary on Pools PlayerHD direct from The Breyer Group Stadium from 2.50pm on Saturday.
This game is now ALL-TICKET for Pools fans and all orders must be placed by 4pm on Friday with tickets then made available for collection from Orient on Saturday.
Leyton Orient have been installed as 3/4 favourites for three points this weekend, though Pools look good value at 7/2 and the draw is priced at 5/2 with our friends at Sky Bet.