Salford City vs Leyton Orient: Betting Preview

On Saturday, Leyton Orient travel north to take on another recently promoted side, Salford City. The O’s will hope to bounce back from their defeat to Crawley Town with an away victory against the club backed by the Class of ’92.

Five games in, the League Two season is beginning to take shape. With extra promotion places up for grabs at the end of the season – courtesy of the unfortunate situation at Bury – maintaining the pace, even at this early stage of the season, is important for any side with promotion aspirations. Despite both sides being recently promoted, both Leyton Orient and Salford City will be hoping to fill one of those promotion spots. Making this game incredibly important, even if we’re only five games in!  

Salford City

Attaining four promotions in five seasons will bring the spotlight onto any club. Throw into the mix an ownership group that contains David Beckham and the Class of ’92, and that spotlight only magnifies. Despite the focus on the club, Salford City are yet to set League Two alight. Having gained promotion via the play-offs, following a third-place finish in the National League, a relatively slow start should have been expected.  

While they’ve only been beaten once in the league, Salford have drawn three games on the bounce, with their opening day victory against Stevenage the one and only time they’ve claimed all three points. Last time out they drew 2-2 with Carlisle, having been leading 2-1 via a Danny Whitehead penalty. Unsurprisingly, given their propensity for drawing games, Salford’s goal difference currently sits at zero, with the side maintaining a clean sheet on just one occasion so far.  

Leyton Orient

The O’s form has been a bit more up and down than that of their opponent. Against Mansfield, Orient were able to snatch a late winner and seal a dramatic comeback victory. Unfortunately, in their very next fixture against Crawley Town, the O’s found themselves on the other side of a comeback victory, losing 3-2. With two wins, two losses and one draw, they could consider their start to the season to be “breakeven”.

Goalkeeper Dean Brill has stated that the team needs to rediscover the solid defensive base that served it so well last season. Having kept clean sheets in the first two fixtures, Orient have gone on to ship eight goals in three fixtures. Scoring goals in a higher division hasn’t been an issue though, so if the defensive woes can be put to bed, Orient could justifiably hope to string together a winning run.

SALFORD CITY VS LEYTON ORIENT: LEAGUE TWO BETTING ODDS

As the home side, Salford City enter this fixture as slight favourites to win at odds of 9/8 (2.12). Leyton Orient are at odds of 11/5 (3.20).

Salford City vs Leyton Orient: League Two Betting Tips

Salford City got the best of the matchups between the sides last season, drawing 1-1 at home and triumphing 0-3 at Brisbane Road. Given that both teams have had trouble keeping the ball out of the net, but no problems sticking it in there, we can’t see either side preventing the other from scoring. We’d back Leyton Orient to win though and go for a correct score bet of 1-2 at odds of 9/1 (10.00).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.

Premier League Season Preview

The 2018/19 Premier League season was a battle for the ages, featuring two of the best teams of the Premier League era: Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Both teams look set to do battle again in what should prove another exciting season.

Season 2018/19

In 25 of the 27 seasons since the Premier League was formed, Liverpool’s tally of 97 points would have won them the title. Unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp’s men, they ran into the only team ever to score more points, Pep’s Manchester City. Fresh off a 100-point season in 17/18, City would finish the season with 14 straight league wins to secure 98 points and a second successive league title.

The fight for the remaining Champions League places would prove a close one. Chelsea finished 3rd, just one point ahead of Tottenham in 4th. North London rivals Arsenal were a point and a place back in 5th. Manchester United rounded out the Top 6 and took the final Europa League group stage place. Wolves finished an impressive return to the top flight by finishing 7th and making it to the Europa League qualifiers.

At the bottom of the table, Huddersfield and Fulham would have their fates settled relatively early. Fulham proving to have the worst defence in the league, while Huddersfield could only manage three wins. Cardiff and Brighton took their battle for survival to the penultimate game of the season, with a loss to Crystal Palace sealing relegation for Cardiff.

Champions-elect?

MANCHESTER CITY Last season’s winners are favourites to repeat the feat and make it a three-peat by securing their third title in a row. Captain and club legend Vincent Kompany may have left without a direct replacement, but City have plenty of players to fill his role, both on and off the pitch. Club stalwart David Silva takes the captain’s armband while Fernandinho prepares to step into central defence when needed – with new record signing Rodri set to anchor the defence. Guardiola will hope to get a full season out of Kevin De Bruyne this time out, and bank on Raheem Sterling continuing his ascension to the top of the game.

LIVERPOOL – Jurgen Klopp and Guardiola can talk about an open title race all they want; nobody is buying it. Liverpool finished 25 points ahead of third-placed Chelsea last term. And with yet another change of manager and a transfer ban, The Blues are unlikely to overhaul them. Speaking of transfer bans, Liverpool seem to be operating under an almost self-imposed ban. Their signings having been restricted to teenagers and a back-up goalkeeper on a free transfer. Keep their first XI – and in particular the front three – fit, and there’s no reason The Reds can’t push City all the way in the league once more. Especially if City if allow themselves to get distracted in pursuit of feat that Klopp’s men managed last season, and City haven’t thus far come close to; winning the Champions League.

Relegation fodder?

SHEFFIELD UNITED / NORWICH CITY – Of course, the recently promoted sides are always favourites to be relegated back to whence they came. Over the past 10 seasons, on average, one of the three promoted sides will manage to survive. This time around, that side is likely to be Aston Villa, due to the heavy investment that the club has made in its playing staff – of note, Fulham did similar last year.

Norwich were the highest scoring side in the Championship last season thanks to their attacking brand of football. Unfortunately, they were also pretty open at the back, conceding 57 goals in their league campaign. If they are to survive, they’ll need to be much more solid. Sheffield Utd were very much the opposite and finished the season with the best defensive record in the division. They’ll be hoping that captain Billy Sharp will be able to fire in enough goals to keep them up.

BURNLEY / BRIGHTON – If one of the promoted sides is likely to stay up, then one of the existing teams is likely to go down. The most likely suspects are Burnley and Brighton, with neither side having invested heavily in new players in the transfer window. Both sides struggle to score goals and this will perhaps be the cause of their downfall. Brighton are as reliant as ever on ageing striker Glenn Murray, who was responsible for over a third of their goals last season. Burnley and shots on goal – at either end – do not go hand in hand. Last season no side had few shots than The Clarets. On the plus side, no side allowed fewer shots than Sean Dyche’s men. And when they did create chances, those chances were normally of high quality. They’ll be hoping that returning striker Jay Rodriguez can stick a few of them in the back of the net.

PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Manchester City are favourites to win the title at 1/2 (1.50) while Liverpool find themselves at 13/5 (3.60). Nobody else is considered to be in with a genuine shot, with Spurs the best of the rest and given odds of 18/1 (19.00) to win the Premier League. There are a number of teams grouped in as relegation candidates, Sheffield United are 2/3 (1.66), Norwich are 9/10 (1.90), Burnley and Brighton are both 13/7 (2.85) while Aston Villa are 2/1 (3.00). When it comes to topping the scoring charts, Harry Kane is favourite 4/1 (5.00). Last seasons joint top-scorers are priced as follows, Mo Salah at 5/1 (16.00), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 8/1 (9.00) and Sadio Mane at 12/1 (13.00).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.



Leyton Orient Season Preview

The 2019/2020 EFL League Two season should be an exciting one in general – it looks wide open – but also for Leyton Orient in particular. The O’s will look to build on last season’s glory filled season and kick on once more.  

Season 2018/19

Last season cannot be described as anything other than an unbridled success for Leyton Orient. Sure, it was disappointing to lose to AFC Fylde at Wembley and miss out on a trophy, but promotion was always the name of the game for The O’s. And promotion was what was delivered, with the club finishing in 1st place and earning a spot back in the English Football League.

Promotion in any form is an achievement, but to do so via automatic promotion and winning the title adds extra kudos. Title wins do not happen by fluke and Leyton Orient can enter the new season with confidence in the players they’ve retained in their squad. Three of last season’s squad made it into the league team of the season, further illustrating the quality within the ranks.

Despite the season being a resounding success, a shadow was cast across the club this summer with the untimely passing of manager Justin Edinburgh. As a coach and the main catalyst for the success that was garnered on the pitch, Edinburgh will go down in club folklore. As a man, he’ll remain in the hearts of supporters of the club forever.

League Two

The lowest tier of the English Football League, League Two, is often the most unpredictable of all the divisions. As it stands – admittedly before a ball has been kicked – the league looks pretty open. Bradford City, Salford City, Plymouth Argyle and Mansfield could all justifiably consider themselves as being in with a shout of winning the title. Leyton Orient can place themselves within a group of clubs chasing a Play-Off sport, such as Northampton, Forest Green and Swindon.

At the bottom of the table, things are less open. Macclesfield look doomed given the financial concerns that surround the club, and Morecambe will have to perform miracles, once again, to prevent relegation to the Vanarama National League.  

Leyton Orient vs Cheltenham Town betting odds

The O’s open their campaign with a home fixture against Cheltenham Town who finished in 16th position in League Two last season. Orient will fancy their chances of bagging some goals as Cheltenham finished with a goal difference of -11 last season and are 6/1 (7.00) to be relegated this season. Leyton Orient are at odds of 16/15 (2.07) to win the match. A Cheltenham victory is priced at 22/9 (3.35). You can back new signing Lee Angol as an anytime scorer on his competitive debut at 8/5 (2.60). Back Leyton Orient to win 2-0 and start the season with a bang at 42/5 (9.40).

LEYTON ORIENT BETTING ODDS

If you fancy Orient to win the title, they’re at 16/1 (17.00) to do so and just outside the major contenders to take the league. They’re very much amongst the contenders for promotion though and are at odds of 7/2 (4.50) to go up to League One. In the top scorer stakes, Lee Angol has odds of 39/1 (40.00) to finish top of the pile.  

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.





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