Date: 27th October 2006 at 4:46pm
Written by:

Martin Ling takes his troops to Glanford Park to take on in-form Scunthorpe in a game that will test Orient`s new found form. The Iron have had a terrific start to the season and look set to challenge for a play-off place at least. However, with manager Brian Laws currently being pursued by Sheffield Wednesday and Premier League scouts looking at several Iron players, Orient will be hoping to exploit any worries that are lingering around Glanford Park.

The O`s will find the Iron a tough task with recent results suggesting that Orient have little chance of gaining their first away win of the season. In fact, the O`s have an awful record at Scunny and will be trying to record their first victory against their hosts since 1997.

However, after an impressive victory last weekend and draws against Chesterfield and Oldham, the O`s will be looking to build on their recent results and perhaps pinch a point from the game.

Scunthorpe lost their last home game against Brighton and if the O`s can score first, then nerves and frustration may hinder the home side`s performance and give Orient the incentive to produce the goods.

Scunthorpe United Team News:

Scunthorpe could recall Andy Keogh to partner Billy Sharp in attack with veteran striker Steve Torpey, dropping to the bench.

Steve Foster is suspended whilst Ramon Calliste is missing through injury.

Andy Butler and Neil Mackenzie are currently out on loan and so will take no part in proceedings.

The Irons have a fully fit squad otherwise and will probably stick with the side that won at Bradford last weekend.

Player to watch: Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp has already scored eleven times this season for Scunthorpe and will be a major threat to Martin Ling`s hopes of getting anything from the game. The former Sheffield United striker is primarily a poacher and rarely scores from outside the penalty area.

There are rumoured to be several Premiership clubs currently looking at Sharp and Andy Keogh who recently impressed during the 4-0 win away at Nottingham Forest.

Leyton Orient Team News:

Orient will be without Lee Steele, Adam Tann and Efe Echanomi for the trip to Scunthorpe.

Steele and Echanomi are both injured whilst Tann is still recovering from his successful cancer operation.

Martin Ling will probably stick with the same side that won 2-0 against Cheltenham last weekend.

Alton Thelwell should continue in central defence whilst Adam Chambers should also start after an impressive performance last weekend.

Orient Probable: Garner, Chambers, Lockwood, Mackie, Thelwell; Till, Simpson, Easton, Corden; Ibehre, Alexander.

Player to watch: Adam Chambers

Adam Chambers gave a superb performance at right back for Orient last Saturday and will be hoping to provide a similar showing against Scunthorpe. The former West Brom man looked more comfortable at right back than in midfield, and his pace and willingness to go forward gave Orient an extra option.

The pace of Chambers and Thelwell has made Orient look more solid at the back and that pace could be invaluable against the duo of Sharp and Keogh.

Match Facts & Stats

This is the 33rd league meeting between the two teams with Orient having won 14 times to Scunthorpe`s 12.

The last meeting at Glanford Park saw the home side run out 1-0 winners thanks to a strike from Andy Keogh.

Orient`s last win at Scunthorpe came in March, 1997. That day the O`s came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Chris Timons and Justin Channing.

The Iron are currently 4th in League One with 25 points from their 15 games.

Scunny have won 3 times at home this season whilst drawing three and losing once.

The Iron lost their last home game 2-1 to Brighton.

Billy Sharp is the top scorer with 11 goals.

Ref Watch:

Mr G Laws from Tyne & Wear is in charge of the game.

Mr Laws, no relation of the Scunthorpe manager, has shown 36 yellow cards and 3 reds in his ten games this season.

Match Prediction:

It`s going to be a tough game against a side that recently thrashed the league leaders 4-0 away from home. However, the Iron will have to make sure that they do not underestimate the O`s or they could be punished.

Scunny are flying at the moment and have beaten the bigger teams in the division, however, they may just take their eye off the ball for this one, and Gary Alexander and co. may just punish them.

If Orient can get the first goal, then this could be the game where they break that away day duck.

Score Prediction:

Scunthorpe 2-4 Leyton Orient

You have to dream…..