Date: 22nd March 2013 at 12:14pm
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The O`s travel to mid-table Preston on Saturday as they hope to keep their good form going. The Lancashire side also are on a decent run themselves despite an injury time loss to promotion challengers Brentford last week.

With Simon Grayson at the helm, the Lilywhites have started to look an impressive force in League 1 and will undoubtedly provide a stern and difficult challenge for the east Londoners. OrientVital previews the weekend`s action.

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Preston North End Team News:

Jack King should return after missing the defeat to Brentford, whilst skipper John Welsh is a doubt with a foot injury.

Two further doubts are Will Hayhurst and Bailey Wright who are unlikely to make the squad despite returning to training this week. Joel Byrom and Scott Laird are expected to miss the clash.

Player to watch: Jack King

The midfielder signed from non-league Woking last summer has made a big impact at Deepdale.

The 27-year old attack minded player impressed at Brisbane Road earlier in the season as he caused the Orient defence a number of problems with his physical presence.

The O`s will have to be aware of King and Preston`s attacking players if they are to leave PNE with any reward.

Leyton Orient Team News:

Dean Cox is expected to shake off a minor shoulder injury which he suffered in the home win against Carlisle last time out.

Mathieu Baudry is still out with a hip injury.

Every other first team member is expected to be available, with the likes of David Mooney and Gary Sawyer slowly making their way back to full fitness.

Player to watch: Lee Cook

Last week Cook showed his class as he assisted three of Orient`s four goals in their win over Carlisle last Saturday.

Undoubtedly Cook has the ability to play at a higher level where he has enjoyed most of his career.But the former QPR man will have to follow up his good display from last week if he wants to interest potential Championship suitors.

Match Facts & Stats

It is the O`s who have the best recent record when the two sides have met, winning all three of their encounters since the Lilywhites relegation to League 1 in 2011.

But the overall record favours Preston as they have won 21 of the 55 matches played with the O`s only winning 16 times.

In the reverse clash of this season, Orient were the victors by 2 -0, with Mathieu Baudry and Kevin Lisbie scoring the goals.

Next Fixtures

Leyton Orient : Scunthorpe (A) 29 Mar; Bury (H) 1 Apr ; Colchester (A) 6 Apr

Preston: Portsmouth (H) 29 Mar ; Crewe (A) 1 Apr ; Scunthorpe (H) 6 Apr

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