Off to the Capital we head to take on Leyton Orient in what, given LP’s conversation at the WPM, should be a WIN OR BUST game for Brian Dutton’s managerial reign at Walsall Football Club.
The O’s head into this Easter Monday clash 9th in League Two, on the cusp of the playoffs being just one point away from sneaking in, so rest assured they will be gunning for another victory to get them there.
Currently Orient are led by Joel Joshua Frederick Melvin McAnuff, more commonly known as Jobi McAnuff, following the departure of Ross Embleton earlier this year. McAnuff appears to have helped Orient turn a corner given their recent form.
The last six games that Leyton Orient have played have given them 14 points out of a possible 18 against the following:
9th March - Stevenage (h) - Drew 0-0
13th March - Scunthorpe United (h) - Drew 1-1
20th March - Newport County (a) - Won 1-0
23rd March - Carlisle United (a) - Won 1-0
27th March - Oldham Athletic (h) - Won 2-1
2nd April - Mansfield Town (a) - Won 2-0
A daunting task for us at a time where we find ourselves with 1 win in 19 games, but just like Jesus, perhaps this will be the first full day of our resurrection, who knows?
Team selection for the game will be interesting as I feel that the team selected for the previous game against Harrogate Town was actually pretty good, and the 4-4-2 formation appeared to work for the most part. I’d like to see the same side selected, with Rory Holden definitely continuing his recovery coming from the bench. That said, we are all probably expecting some changes, so who do you want to see start the game?
Various players have shared history between the clubs and I’ll leave that to @TheBostedSlab as per usual, but also as I usually do I’ll give you two names that most Saddlers fans will have an affection for who have played for both clubs - Adam Chambers and Dean Smith.
Will you be watching the game? Let us know. I most certainly will be, and considering I firmly believe that Brian Dutton HAS to win the game, it will be interesting to see just how attacking we try to be.
- Leyton Orient Win
- Walsall Win