Scunthorpe United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – Glanford Park – Tuesday (7:45pm) – Preview
Peter Kitchen is quietly confident that Leyton Orient will extend their recent unbeaten sequence, but is wary that struggling hosts, Scunthorpe United are fighting for their lives and will make things awkward for Kenny Jackett’s men.
The O’s are unbeaten in ten matches across all competitions – seven of which have come in Sky Bet League Two. Meanwhile, bottom of the table Scunthorpe have won just two of their seventeen league outings to date and already appear prime relegation candidates, come the end of the campaign.
“Everything points to an away win – I’m expecting an Orient win,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.
“But we must be professional. Treat it like any other game because this type of fixture can bite you on the backside if you go in overconfident or too arrogant.
“Scunthorpe have recently appointed Keith Hill in the managers’ hot seat. He knows the league very well from his time at Rochdale, twice winning promotion with a limited budget.
“Because of the position the Iron are in, they can’ afford to priorities matches. They will target Orient the same way they would one of the teams towards the bottom with them. I think we have too much for them, but it could prove to be a bit of a slog.”
Kitchen continued: “We are in good form and have started to score goals. Aaron Drinan and Harry Smith are the focal points of the attack, but others have chipped in, notably Theo Archibald and Tom James. It takes the pressure off when the goals are coming throughout the team.
“Taking Scunthorpe’s predicament into account, we need to get on the front foot. If we can get an early goal, the game will open up and that should play into our hands.
“Yes, I’m wary. But I’ll be disappointed if the O’s return with anything less than three points.”
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Scunthorpe United 0-2 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Scunthorpe United 1-3 Leyton Orient