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!
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.
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.
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.