On the back of Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic, Leyton Orient get set for another home fixture as Bradford City come to Brisbane Road.
The O’s experienced a frustrating time against Oldham as they struggled to play at their fluid best and conceded an equaliser in the last minute.
Eldin Jakupovic played his last match for the O’s on Tuesday as Hull City recalled the Bosnian to deputise for the injured and suspended Allan McGregor.
Russell Slade also lost Marvin Bartley to injury in the match and has brought in England U19 midfielder John Lundstram from Everton on a 28-day loan as cover.
Bradford come in to the match in 15th place but could still be caught in a relegation scrap as they are only six points ahead of Carlisle who occupy the last relegation spot.
Phil Parkinson’s men are without a win in three and lost 2-0 at home to Walsall on Tuesday.
VitalOrient previews the upcoming League One match.
Leyton Orient Team News:
Jamie Jones is expected to make his first appearance in over three months following Hull’s decision to recall Eldin Jakupovic.
Marvin Bartley is out after going off injured in the 1-1 draw with Oldham.
Romain Vincelot serves the second of his two-match suspension.
John Lundstram could make his debut having signed on loan from Everton on Thursday.
Player to watch: Jamie Jones
All eyes will be on Jamie Jones if he does start like he is expected to on Saturday.
The 25 year-old goalkeeper recently returned to the substitutes bench having recovered from a stress fracture in his back which has kept him out since December and may not yet be fully fit.
Jones is the club’s longest servant since his arrival from Everton in 2008 and was a crucial part to Orient’s first half of the season before getting injured.
Bradford City Team News:
John Stead will be handed his debut having signed on loan from Huddersfield.
The Bantams will be without fellow striker and top goalscorer James Hanson who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Nathan Doyle is also out with a groin injury.
Player to watch: Aaron McLean
Bradford will be relying heavily on McLean to fire them away from the relegation zone.
The former Orient man signed for the Bantams in January after the departure of Nahki Wells and recently opened his scoring account against Gillingham.
With James Hanson out injured, McLean will have to quickly strike a partnership with John Stead in the Bradford attack.
Match Facts & Stats
Orient last beat Bradford at Brisbane Road back in 1994.
The O’s are however unbeaten against the Bantams in their past three meetings.
Out of the 38 matches played between the sides, Leyton Orient have won on 16 occasions and drawn 11.
The referee for the match will be David Phillips.
Sheffield United (A) April 5; Gillingham (H) April 12; Crawley (A) April 18
Coventry (A) April 1; Oldham (H) April 5; Rotherham (A) April 11
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