Moving swiftly on from Leyton Orient’s heavy defeat at MK Dons on the weekend, Fabio Liverani’s side travel to Rochdale as they look to move out of the relegation zone.
With games running out the O’s visit to Spotland looks even more crucial as they are likely to need at least a win and a draw from their final three matches.
Rochdale are currently 7th but look set to miss out on a Play-Off spot following their defeat at Gillingham on Saturday, in which they had both Jamie Jones and Matty Lund sent-off.
VitalOrient previews the tie.
Rochdale Team News:
Keith Hill’s side will be without former Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones and Matty Lund following their dismissals at Gillingham on the weekend.
Josh Lillis is expected to replace Jones in the Rochdale goal.
Dale have defensive concerns however as both Ollie Lancashire and Scott Tanser are struggling with respective ankle and calf injuries.
Player to watch: Ian Henderson
The linchpin of the Rochdale team, Ian Henderson has bagged 20 goals during an impressive campaign.
Henderson is currently enjoying the best goalscoring season of his career and is a key part of Keith Hill’s side.
The former Norwich trainee could cause Orient all sorts of problems if given time and space when in the final third of the pitch.
Leyton Orient Team News:
Orient will be without Darius Henderson as the striker is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury.
Andrea Dossena is a doubt having missed the trip to MK Dons also due to a hamstring problem while Dean Cox continues to struggle with a groin injury.
Jay Simpson made his first start under Fabio Liverani on the weekend and is likely to start again at Rochdale.
Player to watch: Nathan Clarke
With morale likely to be rock bottom among the O’s players, captain Nathan Clarke will have a crucial role to play on Tuesday night.
The Orient skipper has not produced the level of performances which were seen last season but there is no denying his leadership qualities.
Clarke will need to rally the players and ensure everyone puts in a shift of the highest quality if Orient are to get themselves out of the relegation zone.
Match Facts & Stats
Orient ran out 2-0 winners the last time the sides met at Spotland, with Jimmy Smith and David Mooney scoring in October 2011.
The O’s have only lost one of their previous five matches against Rochdale, with the sole defeat coming earlier on this season.
Tuesday will be the 38th meeting between the teams.
MK Dons (H) April 25
Barnsley (A) May 3
Sheffield United (H) April 25
Swindon (A) May 3
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