Leyton Orient return to league action this weekend after a mixed week in the cup competitions. Travelling to Brisbane Road this week are promotion hopefuls Preston North End who under current boss Simon Grayson sit fourth in the League 1 standings.
Both sides will be desperate to claim success over the other in what could be a pivotal game in defining how the table may look come the new year.
VitalOrient previews the match ahead of tomorrow`s kick off.
Leyton Orient Team News:
Nathan Clarke is a doubt as he faces a race against time to prove he has recovered from a back injury suffered in the 5-2 FA Cup win against Southport last weekend.
Mathieu Baudry is still sidelined with a knee problem whilst Johnny Gorman is away on international duty.
Player to watch: Moses Odubajo
The youngster was forced to move out of position for Tuesday night`s JPT defeat at Stevenage and may be slotted into defence once again if Nathan Clarke is ruled out of tomorrow`s game.
Odubajo has made the right winger slot his own this season impressing regularly with his running and crossing skills. Now with the possibility of switching to right back Moses will have to have his defensive head switched on if he is asked to fill in at the back.
Preston North End Team News:
Neil Kilkenny is expected to make his debut for the Lilywhites after signing on loan from Bristol City.
Stuart Beavon is unavailable due to suspension and Will Hayhurst is away on international duty.
Lee Holmes faces a late fitness test with a head injury, but Bailey Wright, Chris Humphrey and Kevin Davies are all expected to be recalled after being rested for the FA Cup win against Barnet.
Player to watch: Paul Gallagher
The on loan Leicester midfielder scored a hat-trick during last week`s 6-0 demolition of Skrill Premier Barnet last weekend.
The Scotsman is capable of playing at a higher level and will want to help guide Preston towards the championship as well as show parent club Leicester that he still has what it takes. The O`s will have to be aware of Gallagher`s undoubted talents.
Match Facts & Stats
– Last season the O`s grabbed four points off Preston winning the home game and then sharing the spoils with a draw at Deepdale.
Nathan Clarke`s brother Tom will face the O`s against his former club after spending three months on loan in east London during the 2011/12 season.
In terms of the overall record between the sides, Orient have the advantage winning 21 of the 56 games played with PNE only winning 16.
The Referee for tomorrow’s match is Keith Hill
Leyton Orient: Swindon (A) Nov 23; Bristol City (A) Nov 26; Sheff Utd Nov 30
Preston: Colchester (H) Nov 23; Port Vale (A) Nov 26; Bristol City (H) Nov 30
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