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Leyton Orient v Colchester United – Breyer Group Stadium – Sky Bet League Two – Thursday 3pm
Leyton Orient v Colchester United – Preview:
RAY CRAWFORD was delighted to see Colchester United return to Sky Bet League Two action with an impressive three-goal demolition of Carlisle United, but the former England frontman expects Leyton Orient to offer a far stiffer challenge than that offered by the Cumbrians.
While the U’s were bouncing back from their Carabao Cup exit at Manchester United, the O’s were ending their recent winless sequence at Cambridge United – and Crawford believed the east Londoners tails would be up as a result.
“The performance against Carlisle was terrific,” Crawford told Yellow Sport.
“The manager was forced into making changes – we wondered if Old Trafford had taken it out of the boys? We certainly got a positive answer!
“Colchester could have won by five or six – they were ruthless. But Orient will be different. It’s a derby and they have picked up of late, but I still think this is a game the U’s can win.”
Crawford continued: “The Christmas period can throw up some strange results what with the games being so close together and no time to recover. You have to be physically and mentally right.
“It is a pivotal part of the season where you set yourself up or lose your way. Colchester have been brilliant of late, displaying all the right attributes for a team chasing promotion.
“I think Orient are still coming to terms with several well-documented things, but as a club, they will be fine and will flourish in the near future. They will be organised, they will be up for it in front of a big crowd – it will be a tough game for the U’s.
“But Colchester have to make sure the game is all about them. Draw the sting out of the home side – defend, as they have recently, as a unit, and take their chances when they come along.
“It’s usually a good game when Colchester play Orient. I think this one will be much the same.”
Leyton Orient v Colchester United – Head to head:
Leyton Orient won: 17
Colchester United won: 23
Leyton Orient v Colchester United – Last five meetings (all competitions):
September 13, 2014 – League One
Leyton Orient 0-2 Colchester United
January 24, 2015 – League One
Colchester United 2-0 Leyton Orient
November 12, 2016 – League Two
Colchester United 0-3 Leyton Orient
April 29, 2017 – League Two
Leyton Orient 1-3 Colchester United
September 21, 2019 – League Two
Colchester United 2-1 Leyton Orient
Ray Crawford’s prediction: Leyton Orient 0-2 Colchester United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leyton Orient 1-1 Colchester United