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Oldham Athletic v Leyton Orient – Boundary Park – Sky Bet League Two – Saturday 3pm – Preview
Peter Kitchen insisted that Leyton Orient are fully prepared for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two opener with Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.
Following a pro-active pre-season, the O’s picked up back-to-back competitive victories over Forest Green Rovers and Brighton & Hove Albion’s under 21 side, handing Ross Embleton’s squad a firm foundation ahead of the big kick-off in the North-West.
“For every club, the start of the Football season brings renewed optimism and increased expectations from the owners, staff, players and most importantly, the fans, but Orient couldn’t be in a better position” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“The team look confident, while the pre-season and early cup fixtures have highlighted the depth in the group. The players will be raring to go – everyone is fully fit, competition for places is keen, exactly what the manager wants.
“Of course, Oldham will have similar expectations under the management of Harry Kewell. It will be a tough test against a side who have themselves started reasonably well.”
Kitchen continued: “Ross Embleton appears to have used a 4-3-3 formation in both games, so he will probably stick with this to try to build cohesion and consistency.
“The system seems to have given us a little more cutting edge going forward, with Danny Johnson and Conor Wilkinson catching the eye and getting amongst the goals in both the early games.
“I’d predict Ross will probably start with the same line up that looked so accomplished during the second half at Forest Green. If we can reproduce that form at BoundaryPark, then this is likely to be a cracking encounter.
Making a positive start is always vital for any team. I’d expect both managers to be a bit more cagey than perhaps a few weeks down the line. Both will want something from the game, providing a bit more momentum on top of what they have gathered so far.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Oldham Athletic 1-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Oldham Athletic 1-2 Leyton Orient