They might be undefeated at the moment, but Brentford will know that they have been in a game after their trip to Brisbane Road. Having swept Millwall aside in their previous London derby, Orient go in search of their second derby win of the season.
Although the O’s have struggled in recent weeks, it remains early days and panic has not taken over in E10 so far. After an awful run of results away from home, Orient will be hoping to return to winning ways at the Matchroom after losing 1-0 to Swansea last time out.
There should be a cracking atmosphere with the visitors having sold out their allocation whilst O’s fans are sure to get behind their fans as the O’s look to be the first side to beat Brentford in League One this season.
Bees boss Leroy Rosenior is under no illusions going into the London derby on Saturday. ‘Martin Ling has done a tremendous job, they always get the ball down and pass it. They try to get it out wide early so I am very much aware of their strengths, but we will concentrate on ours’.
Leyton Orient Team News:
Martin Ling could ring the changes for Orient as the O`s go in search of their first win since August 12th. After last weekend`s debacle at Tranmere, Glenn Morris should find himself back on the bench with Glyn Garner returning from international duty.
Justin Miller returns after suspension and could start at right back with Adam Tann moving to central defence with either Clayton Fortune or Brian Saah partnering the former Cambridge United man. With Orient`s defence in disarray at the moment, Martin Ling will have to consider his options carefully. John Mackie will be missing through injury and suspension as the O`s continue to fight on without their inspirational captain.
Craig Easton missed out on the trip to Tranmere through injury but the Scotsman should have recovered in time to take on Brentford. Donny Barnard could deputise but Martin Ling may elect to field new signing Adam Chambers in midfield after the player made his debut as substitute during the 3-0 defeat last weekend. That could see Barnard dropped to right back or to the substitutes bench depending on Ling`s tactics.
Derek Duncan and Efe Echanomi will be absent as the former is currently on loan at Lewes whilst Echanomi is still recovering from a broken ankle.
Player to watch: Adam Chambers
Adam Chambers could make his home debut against Brentford having come on as a second half substitute at Prenton Park last Saturday. The former West Brom man could start in central midfield after impressing last weekend. Having signed on a free transfer after Martin Ling deemed it necessary to sign the player, Chambers could now be given the chance to resurrect his career after a long lay-off through injury.
Brentford Team News:
Brentford will be without Andrew Frampton whilst Gavin Tomlin is considered doubtful due to a foot injury. The Bees will line up without striker Lloyd Owusu who is currently nursing a groin injury whilst Ryan Peters is out of action through a hernia problem.
The Bees cold rest John Mousinho and Darius Charles whilst Leroy Rosenior can call on the services of midfielder Oli Skulason.
Player to watch: Jo Kuffour
Jo Kuffour has made a terrific start to his career at Griffin Park netting 5 goals so far this season. The 5`7 striker has pace and trickery in abundance and will prove a real handful for a rather uneasy Orient defence. Kuffour scored for Torquay at Brisbane Road last season during the Gulls 2-1 defeat.
Brentford will also pose problems through midfielder Paul Brooker and number 2, Kevin O`Connor.
Match Facts & Stats
This is the 31st League meeting between the sides with Brentford having the far better record having won seventeen times to Orient`s seven.
The last time the two sides met at Brisbane Road was in 1998 when Orient took all three points thanks to a 2-1 win with goals from Dean Smith and Steve Watts.
Last season Brentford lost out in the play-off semi finals for the second consecutive year. The Bees lost out to Swansea after Sheffield Wednesday had beaten them the previous year. Their failure to clinch promotion saw Martin Allen depart and Leroy Rosenior, formerly of Torquay United, was appointed in his place.
The Bees have made an encouraging start to the season and are currently 4th in League One with 12 points from their six games. Brentford are yet to suffer a defeat in the league this season and were impressive in the second half of their 2-1 win at home to Bradford last weekend.
Former Torquay man Jo Kuffour has scored 5 times for the Bees this season after his move from the Devon club, whilst Kevin O`Connor has scored on three occasions.
Having endured some dreadful officiating thus far at Brisbane Road, the O’s will this time have a Premiership referee in the shape of Uriah Rennie. Rennie has shown 18 yellow cards and 2 red cards in his five games in charge this season which include Manchester City’s 1-0 win against Arsenal earlier in the month as well as Blackburn’s 1-1 draw with Everton.
However, there could still be fun and games on the touchline as Mr Singh, the epitome of a League Two referee will be acting as fourth offical.
With Brentford undefeated in the league so far this season, there will be many people expecting the Bees to win this game at a canter. However, the O’s know that only a victory will do if they are to stop their slump and there couldn’t be a better time to put a halt to the current run of results.
Brentford represent a tough challenge for the O’s but are by no means unbeatable. The key to victory lies in getting the ball out wide and crossing early into the box. The O’s have the ability to win the game and if the home fans get behind the side then the O’s could have all three points come 5pm.
O’s 2-1 Bees