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.
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.
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.
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.