Leyton Orient will travel north up to to Hartlepool United with the understanding a win for the O’s could see United slip closer to the relegation area on Tuesday night.
The kick off time at the Victoria Ground will be 19.45pm UK time (20.45pm CET and Malta time).
On Saturday the O’s ended up being party poopers as they held Champions elect Macclesfield Town to a superb 1-1 draw. As I predicted on the betting in my previous match report ‘A draw is on the cards’ so I hope a few of you took up the prediction.
On Saturday the trip to Macclesfield was always going to be difficult as the O’s knew they were in for a much harder game with the Cheshire team managed by John Askey clear at the summit 10 points. Promotion was theirs for the taking and they could have snatched promotion and the Champions title with a win.
The O’s applied themselves well in the match although Macclesfield took a deserved lead after 17 minutes through Danny Whitaker after a knock down from Nathan Blissett found Mitch Hancox, who laid off for the midfielder to slot home his 100th career goal.
Dean Brill made an amazing save from Blissett and the visitors capitalised on the missed opportunity to snatch a leveller three minutes before the break. The devastating Macauley Bonne saw a header cleared off the line for a corner and when Macclesfield failed to clear their lines from the resulting set piece, Josh Koroma was on hand to slam home the loose ball and keep the travelling O’s fans in raptures.
The second half was a little dull as both teams cancelled each other out with Bonne and Jobi McAnuff both off-target for Orient and Whitehead firing wide from range for the hosts. However, Leyton Orient almost won it in the final minute when David Mooney rounded goalkeeper Jalal, only for a superb block on the line by David Fitzpatrick to secure a point for Macclesfield.
The corresponding Orient v Hartlepool game at Brisbane Road in September saw a Scott Wilson first half injury time winner against an Orient team at the beginning of a dismal run.
The O’s are in a good run of form at present however unbeaten in 5 games with 3 wins and two draws and both teams fortunes have changed since September with the O’s finding their feet and the Monkey Hangers falling over theirs. Despite their excellent point with the Silkmen last weekend the O’s dropped 2 places to 14th after wins for Maidenhead and Gateshead saw both teams leapfrog the east Londoners. Hartlepool who like Orient were relegated last season for the first time from the football league have found life in the National League far from easy. With only 49 points from 43 games in reality they should be safe however don’t count your chickens Pool fans as they are only 5 points ahead of 21st placed Barrow who have a game in hand. Woking on a dreadful run themselves split the two teams.
A word must go out to Solihull Moors who 6 weeks ago seemed dead and buried but an amazing run has seen them jump out of the relegation places and leap up to 17th. They slaughtered bottom club Guiseley 3-1 over the weekend to almost relegate Guiseley who can only stay up if they win by an average of 7-0 in their last 5 games so unless Guiseley can get Messi and Ronaldo on loan for the rest of the season then they are down.
With both Hartlepool and Orient failing to keep too many clean sheets of late then goals can be expected especially with Pool’s poor form and the O’s on a mini roll. Hartlepool need the points while Orient are safe. A scoring draw is a decent wager.
Orient are unbeaten in 5 games.
Hartlepool are winless in the last 3 games.
Hartlepool without a clean sheet in 7.
Hartlepool have scored only 2 goals in the last 4 games.
Macauley Bonne is top scorer for Orient with 20 goals.
Michael Woods is top scorer for Hartlepool with 11.
Why not have a bet on the O’s – you can via this link.
Leyton Orient are as long as 2.75 to win the game so a bet of €10 to win could see you win back a possible €27.50.
A draw looks like a safer proposition with a price of 3.30 so a €20 stake could see you win €66.00.