Walsall v Leyton Orient – Bescot Stadium – Sky Bet League Two – Wednesday 3pm
Walsall v Leyton Orient – Preview:
PETER KITCHEN took a look back over an eventful decade for Leyton Orient, ultimately believing the club and its supporters are closer than ever.
The O’s begin the 20s with a trip to Walsall, but Kitchen initially focused on ten years with a script similar to that of a soap opera as opposed to a professional football club.
“The brink of promotion to the second tier, then Wembley heartache – Uncertainty over our very existence – relegation from the Football League – Saved by knights in shining armour – A return to the Football League – The hero of the hour tragically taken from us – you couldn’t make up the range of emotions O’s fans have gone through,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“I’d rather hope the next ten years are a little less eventful, but ultimately more successful – I think the Orient supporters deserve that.
“But all the ups and downs have most definitely brought us all closer together. People realised just how much they cared about Leyton Orient. Attendances went up and we became an important column in the community again.
“The last game of 2019 at Newport summed it up – winning for so long, then pegged back right at the death. We can love them, hate them and not want to talk to them – but they are still our Orient and importantly, they are still here.”
But back to the present, Kitchen recognised the O’s face a tough test at the Bescot Stadium, adding: “Walsall are a very similar club at the moment in terms of their league position and where they want to be. Only one point separates the sides and it’s usually quite tight when we play. I think this could be much the same.
“I think it was a case of dropped points at Newport as opposed to one gained. But Colchester aside, we have looked altogether more solid lately which is a positive as we head into the second part of the season.”
Walsall v Leyton Orient – Head to head:
Walsall won: 22
Leyton Orient won: 31
Walsall v Leyton Orient – Last five meetings (all competitions):
December 7, 2013 – FA Cu[
Leyton Orient 1-0 Walsall
March 22, 2014 – League One
Walsall 1-1 Leyton Orient
August 23, 2014 – League One
Leyton Orient 0-0 Walsall
February 28, 2015 – League One
Walsall 0-2 Leyton Orient
October 12, 2019 – League Two
Leyton Orient 3-1 Walsall
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Walsall 1-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Walsall 1-1 Leyton Orient