Battling At The Bottom – Crawley (A)

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Despite producing a dominant performance in the draw against Barnsley last time out, Leyton Orient are three points from safety and travel to relegation rivals Crawley Town.

Failure to win on Tuesday saw Orient drop down a place to 22nd as Crawley leapfrogged the O’s but Fabio Liverani’s side have the perfect chance to get revenge and boost their survival hopes.

With several other teams such as Crewe and Notts County being sucked into the relegation mix a win for Orient could see them move out of the relegation zone come Saturday night.

VitalOrient previews the huge fixture.

Crawley Town Team News:

Dean Saunders is expected to name the same starting XI that came from behind to win at Port Vale on Tuesday night.

Lanre Oyebanjo has returned to training although Saturday’s game will probably come too soon for the defender.

Dean Leackock, Conor Henderson and Josh Simpson are all ruled out.

Player to watch: Izale McLeod

The striker is the Reds main scoring threat with 17 goals to his name this season.

McLeod, who joined last summer, has scored Crawley’s previous two matches which ended in 3-2 victories at Colchester and Port Vale.

McLeod will be need to be kept quiet if Orient are to claim a much needed win.

Leyton Orient Team News:

Mathieu Baudry remains a doubt after limping off in the win against Yeovil last weekend.

Marvin Bartley missed out against Barnsley due to a back injury but is believed to be fit for the trip to Crawley.

Dean Cox has had to settle for a place on the bench over recent weeks but could be handed a start as Fabio Liverani looks to keep his side fresh for their third game in the space of a week.

Player to watch: Darius Henderson

Since returning from injury Darius Henderson has added another dimension to the O’s attack.

The powerful striker adds a much needed aerial threat going forward and Henderson’s contribution will be crucial if Orient are to breach the Crawley back-line.

The 33-year-old has started the previous two matches up front with the tireless Chris Dagnall.

Match Facts & Stats

Orient’s 4-1 victory against Crawley on Boxing Day was their first ever victory against the Red Devils.

Crawley have won both of their home encounters against Orient.

Out of the five meetings between the teams not once has the match ended in a draw.

Ref Watch:

Andy Davies

Next Fixtures:

Leyton Orient:
Port Vale (H) March 28
Coventry (A) April 1
Gillingham (H) April 6

Crawley Town:
Gillingham (H) March 28
Crewe (A) April 3
Oldham (H) April 6

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