Date: 26th November 2013 at 1:04pm
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Leyton Orient make their second trip in a Westerly direction in the space of four days as they face struggling Bristol City.

Sean O`Driscoll`s men have found it difficult to adapt to life in League 1 following their relegation from the Championship in the summer, but a recent upturn in form has given the Robins confidence they can finally stabilise after a rocky few months.

VitalOrient previews ahead of tonight`s clash.

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Bristol City Team News:

Youngster Bobby Reid is absent but Joe Bryan should return after missing Saturday`s defeat against Sheffield United. O`Driscoll is unlikely to make many changes following the Blades loss.

Player to watch: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

“JET” as he is known will be one of Bristol City`s big danger men during tonight`s contest. Signed from Ipswich in the summer, the forward has settled well into life in the South West having already netted 13 times during his brief spell at Ashton Gate so far. Known for his strength and technical ability, Orient will need to stop Emmanuel-Thomas if they are to have a successful evening.

Leyton Orient Team News:

Nathan Clarke is a concern ahead of the match with the same back problem which he suffered against Southport in the FA Cup win two weeks ago. If he is fit it will be his 400th professional appearance.

Lloyd James should be fit enough to be on the bench otherwise Orient are expected to name the same team against the Bristolians.

Player to watch: Jamie Jones

All eyes will be on the Orient keeper after the incident which marred the victory at Swindon on Saturday.The 24-year-old will be hoping to show mental strength in ignoring the furore around the situation and look to put in another stellar performance which has helped the O`s towards the higher echelons of League 1.

Match Facts & Stats

The last time these two sides met was nearly seven years ago when the teams shared a draw on New Year`s Day 2007.

In terms of the overall record, Bristol City dominate proceedings having won 41 of the 87 meetings with the O`s having won just 26.

Ref Watch:

The Referee for tonight’s clash is Andy Davies.

Next Fixtures

Bristol City: Preston (A) Nov 30; Tamworth (A) Dec 8; Rotherham (H) Dec 14

Leyton Orient: Sheff Utd (H) Nov 30; Walsall (H) Dec 7; Bradford (A) Dec 14

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