O’s Easter matches key for Kitch

Mansfield Town v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two – One-Call Stadium – Friday 3pm and Leyton Orient v Walsall – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Monday 1pm – Preview

Peter Kitchen is hopeful of a happy Easter for Leyton Orient as they look to claw their way back into contention for a Sky Bet League Two play-off place.

Off the back of three successive victories, Orient head to struggling Mansfield Town on Good Friday before hosting relegation-threatened Walsall at the Breyer Group Stadium on Easter Monday.

“Both Mansfield and Walsall are out of sorts – we really must be taking six points from these games, with other results going our way if we are really serious about a top-seven finish,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“Both are ready for ripe picking, especially if the O’s can maintain their recent momentum which has steadily been gathering pace under Jobi McAnuff.

“Mansfield has certainly improved since Nigel Clough took charge in November and are much harder to beat. However, they have only won one of their last six, drawing four on the bounce.

“Walsall are extremely brittle at the moment. The current form suggests the Saddlers will be the proverbial ‘lambs to the slaughter’ in E10. The Black Country outfit is lacking confidence and hasn’t won since late January, a run of twelve matches. It might be a little too optimistic to expect all six points for Orient, but it’s a challenge this team, in their current frame of mind, should relish.

Kitchen continued: “We are playing with more confidence, belief and the players have recaptured that togetherness of spirit. We look defensively strong and they now have the bit between our teeth.

“Failing any injuries following the fine win against Oldham, I’d imagine Jobi is likely to stick with the same team and system which has brought about this significant improvement.

We have looked so much more dangerous and created a lot of chances against the Latics. It has to be about how we approach the matches – be prepared to take the game to the opposition and give our all in both, because if we do collect maximum points it will make the game on Saturday week against Cheltenham Town – currently second in the table – an absolutely massive clash “

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Mansfield Town 1-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Mansfield Town 0-1 Leyton Orient

Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 3-1 Walsall
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 2-0 Walsall

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