Leyton Orient vs Swindon Town: Betting Preview

On Saturday, Leyton Orient host 5th placed Swindon Town as they return to League Two action. The O’s followed up a 1-1 draw at Salford with a victory over Southend United in the Football League Trophy and they’ll be hoping to carry this form into their next fixture.

At this early stage of the season, points on the board mean’s more than league position so while there may be 10 places between Leyton Orient and their opponents Swindon Town, it’s a gap of only three points that separates the sides. Secure victory and the O’s will move level on points with their opponents who currently occupy a play-off spot.

Leyton Orient

Orient’s progress thus far could be described as “steady”. With two wins, two losses and two draws, the O’s have sampled every kind of result, and done so twice! Despite making a number of changes to the line-up, Leyton Orient defeated League One Southend United in the Football League Trophy in their last outing. This followed up a 1-1 draw away at Salford City.

The last time the sides met at Brisbane Road was back in 2014, with Swindon securing a 2-1 victory. Obviously, a lot has changed since then and the O’s will hope to maintain the defensive stability that has returned of late, with just a solitary goal conceded in the last two games.

Swindon Town

Last season, Swindon Town managed almost a full season version of what Leyton Orient have done thus far, winning 16, drawing 16 and losing 14. This time out, they’ve started the season reasonably well with three wins, two draws and a loss.

Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem, with 11 so far, they’re the second-highest scorers in the league. While their defensive record isn’t the worst in the league, they have conceded over a goal a game – seven in six fixtures. On-loan striker Eoin Doyle is the clear danger man, having snaffled 5 goals and 2 assists in his 4 appearances so far.


Despite being the away side, Swindon Town are slight favourites to win the fixture at odds of 13/10 (2.30), while Leyton Orient are priced at 19/10 (2.90).

Leyton Orient vs Swindon Town: League Two Betting Tips

Swindon Town first-team coach Tommy Wright said that he’d back 0-0 if he was a betting man. While we could see a draw happening at 23/10 (3.30), we’d be mightily surprised if either side managed a shutout. So, we’ll be positive and back Leyton Orient to win 2-1 at 87/10 (9.70).

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

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.


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.

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).


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.

EFL League Two Season Betting Preview

The 2019/2020 EFL League Two season should be an exciting one, and not just because the division features Leyton Orient – for whom EnergyBet is the Official Betting partner – but because there are a number of teams with genuine promotion aspirations.

EFL League Two

Generally speaking, the lowest tier of the English Football League, League Two, is often the most unpredictable of all the divisions. Last season’s pre-season favourites, Notts County, would go on to be relegated. Bury, meanwhile, were promoted to League One, but now find themselves on the brink of extinction and financial ruin. It’s a dog eat dog league.

It’s also very open. There are at least four teams, Bradford, Salford City, Plymouth Argyle and Mansfield, who would consider themselves in with a shout of winning the title. Whilst Northampton, Leyton Orient, Forest Green and Swindon will all fancy a shot at the Play-Off spots. At the bottom of the table things seem more clear cut – especially due to the financial concerns that surround Macclesfield – but with League Two, you just never know.

Tousling at the top?

BRADFORD – If you’ve been reading our other season previews, you will have noticed a common theme. One of the relegated sides is always heavily fancied to bounce back up to the division from whence they came. For League Two, that side is Bradford. They have an experienced manager in Gary Bowyer, a passionate fanbase that is reengaging with the club and a new captain in former Everton striker James Vaughan.

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE – The Pilgrims are the most interesting side in the division. They are the prime beneficiaries of the uncertainty that surrounds last season’s second-placed side, Bury, who are now in League One. They’ve not only plundered five members of the promotion-winning squad, but they’ve also taken manager Ryan Lowe too. Despite the difficulties faced by Bury, Lowe was able to create a free-scoring side that played entertaining football and somehow secured automatic promotion. Plymouth will be hoping Lowe can create the same again.

No hope but the drop?

MACCLESFIELD –Make no mistake, Sol Campbell worked miracles last season, somehow guiding Macclesfield to safety against a backdrop of financial ruin. The former England international took over in November when the club were bottom of the table and seven points from safety. It’s difficult to see him repeating such miracles this season and the club seems destined to drop of the English Football League. Following three court appearances in three months, six unnamed players have added their claim for unpaid wages to a winding-up order against the club. Things do not look good.

MORECAMBE – It’s safe to say that Morecambe seemed to have found their level. With thirteen successive seasons in League Two an unusual achievement. In Jim Bentley, they have the longest-serving manager in the country, with over eight years at the helm. They’ve brought in some attacking reinforcements to help fire them away from the relegation battle and will be pinning their hopes on Shaun Miller, who returns to the club on loan from Crewe. Whatever happens, they’ll no doubt be up for the fight.


Bradford are favourites to win the title at 7/1 (8.00), closely followed by Salford City at 15/2 (8.50) who are aiming for a fifth promotion in six years. Plymouth Argyle and Mansfield are both 9/1 (10.00) to win the title. Northampton are 33/10 (4.3) for promotion, with Leyton Orient and Forest Green at 7/2 (4.50). Macclesfield are in deep trouble and it’s no surprise to find them relegation favourites at 33/10 (4.30). Morecambe are 7/2 (4.50) to drop down a division. James Vaughan of Bradford, Nicky Maynard of Mansfield and Salford City’s Adam Rooney are all placed at 38/5 (8.60) to top the scoring charts.

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

Newport County vs Tranmere Rovers: League Two Play-off Final Betting Preview

On Saturday, Newport and Tranmere will kick-off three days of play-off fixtures at Wembley Stadium as the teams compete for promotion to League One in the League Two play-off final.  

After a long and arduous League Two season, Newport and Tranmere have one final fixture to overcome, the League Two play-off final. The prize at stake is great, promotion up the English Football League pyramid to League One. Neither team should be fazed by the situation though, both having been regular visitors to Wembley Stadium since it re-opened in 2007.

Newport County

The side from South Wales has had an action-packed season. Their FA Cup run encompassing giant-killing victories over Championship side Middlesbrough and former Premier League champions Leicester City before ultimately coming to an end in the 5th round at the hands of British football’s biggest giants, Manchester City.

Having won the 2012 FA Trophy final and secured promotion back to the Football League in 2013, Newport know a thing or two about winning at Wembley. They’ll be hoping to maintain their late-season run of form – 10 games unbeaten – that saw a last-minute charge into promotion contention and a 7th spot finish (at one point they were as low as 15th in the table). They drew both semi-final games against Mansfield Town, progressing to the final via a penalty shootout victory.

Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere are seeking a second successive promotion via the play-offs, having returned to the Football League last season courtesy of an astonishing Wembley victory over Boreham Wood. Astonishing because they battled for the entire game with 10 men, having had a man sent off with only a minute on the clock.

Tranmere finished sixth in League Two, only six points off an automatic promotion spot. A run of seven straight wins in February and March saw them reach as high as fifth in the table and within touching distance of automatic spot, however, a run of only one win in their last seven league games would ultimately consign them to a play-off spot. In the semi-final, they won at home and drew away, with opponents Forest Green having a man sent off in each fixture.


Tranmere Rovers are slight favourites entering the final, with odds of 3/2 (2.50) for victory against Newport County. Newport find themselves in with a decent chance though, priced at 13/7 (2.85) to achieve promotion.

Newport County vs Tranmere Rovers: League Two Play-off Final Betting Tips

Matches between these two sides are always close affairs, three of the last four fixtures have ended in a draw. Of the two fixtures this season, Newport secured a rare victory, winning 2-1 at Tranmere in the early season fixture. The more recent meeting reverted to type, with a 0-0 draw.

Given the history between the sides and the often tight nature of finals, we’d opt for the draw at 2/1 (3.00).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

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