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.
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.
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.