Match Preview: Leyton Orient


After an utterly abject performance against Millwall, Leicester will be hoping to get back on track as quickly as possible at Brisbane Road. The ground is one of the more unique in English football, with blocks of flats filling the corners after they were sold to property developers. As a result those with pitch facing apartments effectively have free Orient season tickets, though with Orient being as reliably mediocre as ever this season it’s doubtful how much value the view adds to the property.

Previous Meetings
Post-war meetings between the two sides have been rare, there have been just 15 matches in this period. City’s last visit to Brisbane Road came in 1982. The O’s ran out 3-0 winners. The Foxes last recorded a victory away to Orient in 1980 when an end of season encounter finished 1-0 to City.

There hasn’t been a draw between the two sides since 21st January 1922.

The overall record stands at Leicester 24 wins, Leyton Orient 17 wins and a further five games have ended honours even.

Reasons To Be Confident
Leyton Orient are the lowest scorers in League One with just four goals to their name. The O’s have failed to score in four of the opening six league games this season and they haven’t scored at home since the opening day against hapless Hereford. In a division where Matty Fryatt has 6 goals to his name, it is a remarkably poor record.

Leicester have by far the best defensive record in League One, with just two conceded. Oldham and Stockport, the Foxes closest challengers to this crown, have conceded 5 each. So, the first half of the score prediction is settled, right?

The atmosphere at the Brisbane Road is likely to be far from intimidating. Leyton Orients’s average home gate this season has been 4,334, or 46.7% of capacity. With at least 2,300 City fans heading to London the Foxes will have no excuses. They will be fired up.

Reasons To Be Worried
Leicester have yet to secure any points after conceding the first goal this season. Whilst the early season high conveyed a sense of dominance, the defeat to Millwall demonstrated that confidence amongst the players is still fragile.

Despite only scoring four goals, Leyton Orient have somehow managed to scrape eight points together, 5 of them against teams in the top half. City should not expect the O’s to roll over.

On This Day
Steve Walsh rose highest at Elland Road to give City a 1-0 victory against Leeds Utd in 1997. The result lifted Leicester to 3rd in the early 1997/98 table with 14 points from seven games. The win also healed wounds from the previous season’s trip, when Leicester fans caught in heavy northbound traffic arrived at Elland Road to find City already 3-0 down.

Selected Odds
Leyton Orient – 23/10 (Ladbrokes)
Draw – 5/2 (Coral)
Leicester – 13/10 (Paddy Power)

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