Leyton Orient will travel up to top of the table Macclesfield knowing a win for the home team will give the hosts the National League title and promotion to the Football League Division 2 on Saturday.
The O’s can be party poopers live on TV as the match is being shown at the earlier kick off time of 12.30pm UK time (1.30pm CET and Malta time).
It’s not going to be a walkover though for the home side as the O’s come into the match on a run of pretty good form. On Saturday they stuffed Barrow by 4 goals to 1 to send Barrow into the relegation zone as Solihull Moors climbed out of the bottom four for the first time in eons. Solihull Moors picked up a crucial 1-0 victory over Hartlepool United to send Barrow into major trouble.
That man Macauley Bonne was on fire again as he netted twice for the Orient although he left it late to say the least notching twice in injury time. Anything that could have gone wrong went wrong for Barrow as they scored an own goal and had a man sent off in the process of their home 4-1 mauling that put them in the danger zone.
Leyton Orient took an early lead through a Luke James header as quickly as the 7th minute but the hosts Dan Jones had a miserable day and not one to put in his family scrapbook as he scored an own goal and then saw the red card either side of Josh Koroma’s strike, before Macauley Bonne netted a late brace to put the result beyond any doubt.
After Jones dismissal in the 78th minute it was all one way traffic as Orient took charge of the game in the final minutes. Koroma put them into the lead just two minutes after coming off the bench when he headed in at the back post following Sam Ling’s long throw. Both of Boone’s late late show goals came from James Brophy crosses.
For Saturday’s trip to Macclesfield the O’s know they are in for a much harder game with the Cheshire team managed by John Askey clear at the summit 10 points ahead of Sutton United. Promotion is theirs for the taking and they could do it against the O’s in which should be a well supported game with the Silkmen looking to bounce back into top flight football. If they do win they will also pick up the Champions title too. Macclesfield were members of the Football League from 1997 to 2012 in the second division although they did enjoy the 1998-99 season in Division 1.
With the O’s stuffing Barrow on Saturday the Silkmen were struggling and showing they were not invincible as they stuttered to a 2-2 away draw with Ebbsfleet United that saw them give up a 2-0 lead and to make matters worse the league leaders were reduced to 10 men on seventy three minutes as Nathan Blissett was shown a straight red card for an alleged elbow, and the hosts took advantage to equalise through Dean Rance with 12 minutes remaining.
The corresponding Orient v Macclesfield at Brisbane Road in October saw a Scott Wilson first half injury time winner against an Orient team devoid of confidence and on a dismal run. The Silkmen were firing on all cylinders on a superb run that has continued throughout the rest of the season that leaves them top of the National League tree.
Orient will have their work cut out to gain anything from this match with Macclesfield looking to achieve promotion on Saturday but the O’s are in a good patch at present unbeaten in 4 games with 3 wins on the trot. The O’s could snatch something out of the bag and spoil Macclesfield’s day in front of the TV cameras.
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Leyton Orient are as long as 4.10 to win the game so a bet of €20 to win could see you claw back €82.00.
Macclesfield Town to win the game are currently at 1.80.
A draw could be on the cards at 3.45 so a €10 stake could see you win €34.50.
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