Leyton Orient v Cambridge United – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Tuesday 7pm – Preview
Peter Kitchen looked ahead to a massive week for Leyton Orient, in which they could take massive strides towards booking a Sky Bet League Two play-off berth.
Firstly, O’s face title-chasing Cambridge United at the Breyer Group Stadium before visiting struggling neighbours, Southend at the weekend – both ‘must-win’ matches according to the former frontman.
“It’s a week of destiny for all three of those clubs with promotion, play-offs and relegation on the line,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“I think one way or another, the two games will outline our finish to the season – we need to be winning both to have any chance of the play-offs.
But it is a case of one at a time for Kitch: “Cambridge comes to E10 for a mouthwatering clash. They are two points clear of Cheltenham but have played a game more and can’t afford to slip themselves. They are clear favourites to go up and currently hold a five-point advantage over fourth-placed Morecambe. But obviously, having come this far, they will be eyeing up the title.
“Cambridge flexed their muscles with a 1-0 win over Newport County at Rodney Parade on Saturday. They are usually good on the road and have already beaten Orient in the corresponding fixture over Christmas – No doubt, they will fancy their chances.”
But Kitch believes there are plenty of positives coming out of Brisbane Road just now: “I think Jobi has done enough to convince the owners that he is deserving of a permanent appointment, having won six of his ten games at the helm. He has installed a spirit and togetherness amongst the players. We also appear more solid defensively.
I think it is likely to be a tense affair with both teams keeping it tight. But a draw is no use to Orient, especially with a full night of League Two fixtures involving all of our closest rivals, most of whom have games in hand on us.
If we can be brave and show the same attacking intent that we did in the second half against Barrow – squeezing up and getting the ball and more men forward and into the box – then we have every chance of winning the game.
“Yet again, Orient has raised everyone’s expectations. Those streaming the game will be on the edge of their couches, so let’s hope the team can deliver.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-0 Leyton Orient