Leyton Orient v Cambridge United – Breyer Group Stadium – Sky Bet League Two – Saturday 3pm
Leyton Orient v Cambridge United – Preview:
PETER KITCHEN has again urged Leyton Orient to display a bit of adventure when Cambridge United are the visitors to the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday.
The O’s were thwarted by the weather last weekend – their Sky Bet League Two clash with Forest Green Rovers falling foul of the wet conditions. But with their place in the Football League all but secure, Kitchen wants to see an altogether more attack-minded Orient heading through the final furlongs of the campaign.
And with Cambridge United visiting E10 at the weekend, Kitchen insisted that there’s no time like the present for Ross Embleton and his charges to excite their supporters.
“Although Cambridge lost at home last week, their away form is very good, suggesting that they are strong defensively, well organised and difficult to break down,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“After two wins and two draws from their last four on the road – conceding one goal in the process – caretaker manager, Mark Bonner, will be confident that his side can take something from the game. And having noted that, the main focus will be on how Ross sets his team up for the task in hand.
“The team he selects will show his statement of intent, how he sets his team up, and the tactics he employs will determine what sort of game this is likely to be.
“With the Forest Green match called off, the players should be fresh and keen to get back into action. They’ve had plenty of time to plan, prepare and work on how they want to play – it would be a positive move if they try to impose themselves on the visitors.”
Kitchen continued: “This is the ideal chance to give the players some leeway to go forward. They know that Cambridge will get players behind the ball so they need to move it forward and quickly, get it in the box as often as possible and to start to dominate games, especially at home.
“Visiting teams should expect to be in for a difficult afternoon and not a leisurely stroll in the park which allows them to comfortably deal with anything we’ve got.
“We should dispense with the slow, predictable build-up we’ve seen in quite a few home games – get at teams from the start and ruffle a few feathers
“Orient should be fairly confident having improved in recent weeks, winning and drawing their last two home games – losing once in their last five.
“They need to build on this and look to finish strongly in the last couple of months of the season. That’s what the fans will expect and want to see. Ross and the team must deliver for them.”
Leyton Orient v Cambridge United – Head to head:
Leyton Orient won: 13
Cambridge United won: 19
Leyton Orient v Cambridge United – Last five meetings (all competitions):
September 12, 2015 – League Two
Cambridge United 1-1 Leyton Orient
January 30, 2016 – League Two
Leyton Orient 1-3 Cambridge United
December 31, 2016 – League Two
Leyton Orient 1-1 Cambridge United
April 8, 2017 – League Two
Cambridge United 3-0 Leyton Orient
December 21, 2019 – League Two
Cambridge United 2-3 Leyton Orient
Peter Kitchen’s prediction: Leyton Orient 0-0 Cambridge United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-1 Cambridge United