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MATCH PREVIEW: Leyton Orient V Huddersfield Town

Now will this fixture survive the 9:30am pitch inspection tomorrow morning? We shall see but here is this week’s match preview.

Town go to Brisbane Road knowing it is a must win after dropping two points to the MK Dons last weekend. Whilst some may say it was a good point against a good team, the fact is Town had numerous opportunities and gave three points away, despite MK Dons goal being a tad fluky and leaving Ian Bennett with a little egg on his face.

Leyton Orient now find themselves safely in mid-table after a horrendous start to the season winning only once in eleven games. In fact the o’s 2-2 draw against Town in the reverse fixture proved to be the turning point for Orient who then went on a nine match unbeaten run.

McCombe hoping to make up for his last performance against Orient (Photo: Yorkshire Post)

Speaking of nine match unbeaten run, Town are currently on one at the moment with the last defeat coming to Bournemouth back at the start of December. Despite that there have only been four wins, a fact I am sure Lee Clark likes to gloss over when he mentions we have only lost twice in 54 games.

To the teams and I expect no changes to the terriers line up that drew with Franchise FC (sorry I couldn’t help myself there). It will be an interesting game with Jamie McCombe at centre-back as the last time both teams met McCombe was sent off for retaliating, when George Porter had a feel of his family jewels. Town were cruising and 2-0 and then drew 2-2 when down to ten men. This led to McCombe being sent on loan to Preston and we certainly missed his aerial presence.

Peter Clarke and Gary Roberts are definitely out with hernia issues, whilst Danny Ward is still a doubt after pulling up against Tranmere. Alan Lee and Lee Novak are also available after playing in the development squad’s 3-2 defeat to Sunderland this week. More importantly Alex Smithies came through another 90 minutes and is nearing a return to the starting line-up, which is only a  good thing following Bennett’s mistake last week and Smithies far superior distribution.

Smithies is close to a recall inbetween the sticks. (Photo: datm.info)

Damien Johnson is also available after being apparently dropped by Lee Clark last weekend. A strange move indeed. Kallum Higginbotham will most likely continue playing just behind Jordan Rhodes after last week’s impressive debut which saw him join Jamie McCombe in the League One team of the week.

Leyton Orient will have Ryan Dickson available after he signed on loan from Southampton although The O’s lost Stephen Dawson to Barnsley on deadline day.

Possible Line-up (4-2-3-1)

Ian Bennett; Jack Hunt, Jamie McCombe, Sean Morrison, Gary Naysmith (c); Oscar Gobern, Tommy Miller; Scott Arfield, Kallum Higginbotham, Danny Cadamarteri; Jordan Rhodes.

Stat Attack:

Huddersfield Town form: DWWWDD

Leyton Orient form: WWLDWL

Last 5 Meetings:

11/12 Huddersfield Town 2 (Lee, Hunt) Leyton Orient 2 (Lisbie, Chorley)

10/11 Huddersfield Town 2 (Rhodes, Novak) Leyton Orient 2 (Kane, Smith)

10/11 Leyton Orient 1 (Cox) Huddersfield Town 2 (Arfield, Rhodes)

09/10 Leyton Orient 0 Huddersfield Town 2 (Rhodes, Robinson)

09/10 Huddersfield Town 4 (Roberts, Nathan Clarke, Collins, Rhodes) Leyton Orient 0

FACT: The terriers have twice let two goal leads slip when they have played Leyton Orient with both games ending 2-2.

Prediction: Leyton Orient 0 Huddersfield Town 2

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