Peter Kitchen: Salford test will be tough for Orient

Brian Jeeves

Salford City v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League Two, Peninsula Stadium (Saturday 3pm) – Preview

Leyton Orient legend Peter Kitchen believes the O’s will be in for a difficult afternoon when they renew acquaintance with Salford City at the Peninsula Stadium on Saturday.

Orient and Salford were the standout teams in the National League last season, both winning promotion to Sky Bet League Two following an epic race for the title, which was eventually claimed by the east Londoners.

Nevertheless, despite their success, the O’s were unable to get one over the Ammies, and Kitchen thinks it will be equally as difficult this time around.

“Orient will be keen to put last weekends defeat to Crawley behind them and the travelling support will demand the same character and spirit displayed when they recovered a two-goal deficit to win at Mansfield.

“But this will be a different type of test. The rivalry from last season is still quite fresh in everyone’s minds. Only one point separated them at the end of the season – I think it will be a fiercely-contested match, particularly as both have made similar starts to their League Two campaigns.”

Kitchen continued: “Salford and Orient have had a week to prepare following first-round Carabao Cup exits. I’m sure Ross Embleton will have used the time wisely, looking to repair the defensive frailties which were evident at Brisbane Road a week previous.

“I think there is a nervousness about Orient defensively. It is vital that they don’t give away an early goal, leaving them to chase the game, because Salford are capable of picking them off.

“Embleton is faced with a dilemma of whether to ditch the 4-4-2 formation and revert back to three central defenders, which gives them extra cover across the backline and should make them harder to break down.

“This isn’t going to be easy for Orient. Personally, I think it will be difficult for them to bring anything back from the North-West.”
Salford City v Leyton Orient – Head to head:
Salford City won: 1
Drawn: 1
Leyton Orient won: 0

Previous meetings (all competitions)
Vanarama National League
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Salford City 1-1 Leyton Orient

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Leyton Orient 0-3 Salford City

Peter’s prediction: Salford City 2-1 Leyton Orient
Jeevesie’s prediction: Salford City 1-1 Leyton Orient 


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