Leyton Orient v Mansfield Town – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Saturday (3pm) – Preview
Momentum is building in E10. Leyton Orient appears to be on the cusp of something special and although with an air of caution, the Brisbane Road faithful along with former frontman, Peter Kitchen are eagerly anticipating matchday as Kenny Jacket’s charges begin to look every bit Sky Bet League Two promotion contenders.
Mansfield Town head to East London on Saturday. The Stags without a win in six matches and hovering precariously just above the relegation places: ” I’m looking forward to Saturday and expecting us to continue our rich vein of form,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“If recent performances and results are anything to go by, even the most pessimistic of supporters will expect to see goals and three points for the O’s.
“We are in a decent place at the moment. O’s are unbeaten in four matches, have a decent goal difference and are healthily placed in the league.
“Nigel Clough is in charge of the Nottinghamshire outfit. He was brought in to steer the club away from the wrong end of the table last season but despite a good start, Mansfield finds themselves in trouble – fifth from bottom, just a point above the bottom two.
“Former O’s man, Danny Johnson came off the bench to earn them a point against Rochdale last time out. We are all fully aware of the threat he possesses. Johnson aside, I’d expect Mansfield to try containing us and playing on the break.
“But the form book indicates otherwise. Kenny Jackett has instilled a winning mentality into his team. I think there is a different culture at the club. We should prove too strong.
Kitch continued: “We are dictating play, playing on the front foot and taking the game to the opposition, goals are coming from several areas, while in Harry Smith and Theo Archibald we have two players that offer different attacking threats and are proving, at times, unstoppable. Additionally, Smith appears to be developing a very good partnership up front with Aaron Drinan.
“We’ve looked dangerous from setpieces. It is good to have additional attacking options, particularly if goals become difficult to come by. But confidence and belief is running through the whole team, for which the manager must take credit.
“We all know that Orient can often raise expectations and then bring their fans back down to earth with a bang. However, there is a different feel about this team. Sure, Mansfield will come with a plan and will make it as tough as they can, but I firmly believe we have too much for them and will take another three points.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-0 Mansfield Town
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 3-0 Mansfield Town