Returning Yeovil captain Joe Edwards has described Saturday’s 6 pointer away at Leyton Orient as the “perfect game for us”. Edwards, who has missed the last month through injury is thrilled to back in the fold ahead of two must win games for his side ahead of trips to Orient and Colchester. The Glovers come off the back from a 3-1 home defeat to local neighbors Bristol City after a last gasp win on Saturday against Oldham.
- Yeovil Away Record = Played 17, Won 4, Drew 3, Lost 10
- 2 wins in 11 on the road with 5 losses and 4 draws
- 4th worst away record in the league
- No win in 7 away from home – 2 points from last 21 available
Despite defeat against Bristol City, recently appointed manager, Terry Skiverton remained upbeat with “commitment, work rate and energy clear to see from the boys”. Skiverton alluded to small margins in football with a big chance a 2-0 to get them back in the game but “we were not clinical enough which has been the story of our season”. The Glovers were caught by the quality possessed by City but “the belief is still there, we are grafting and digging in”. “We created clear cut chances and opened up a side at the top of the table”.
- Average less than one goal a game – scored 28 goals in 36 matches
- Failed to score in half of their matches – 18 out of 36 and 8 of 17 away matches
- Only scored 9 goals in 13 matches since Christmas
- Top scorer Gozie Ugwu only has 4 league goals this season
Skiverton is weary of the threat that the O’s possess having brushed them aside 3-0 just before the New Year. “It is a must win game, aiming to get as many points on the board; we truly believe we can get out of it”. With two games against teams around them both Skiverton and Edwards are aware that “it is our own hands, we can make it really really tight at the bottom”. But the Glovers boss is aware his side need to out of the traps quickly with Orient this Saturday, after conceding early goals in the second half on Tuesday.
- 2 wins in 9 for Yeovil against bottom 7 – 8 points from 27 points
- Orient 3 wins in 8 against bottom 7 – 11 points from 24 points
- Glovers conceded 15 goals in the 15 minutes at start of both halves
- O’s scored 14 of their 44 goals in these periods but conceded 18 of their 52 goals in same period
Orient are hoping to bounce back from back to back defeats against Peterborough and Bristol City looking to leapfrog Coventry to safety with a win. The O’s lost influential midfielder Romain Vincelot for the rest of the season in midweek with a knee injury. Orient failed to score at Peterborough which was the 12th league game they had not scored in which could be a worry for O’s boss Liverani. The first goal will be crucial on Saturday with both teams looking for the vital upper hand in the game.
- 11 points from 15 when Yeovil scored first in away matches
- 1 win from 11 when conceded first for Glovers on the road
- O’s failed to score in 7 of 17 home matches this season
- Orient have worst home record in League 1 with 12 points from 17 matches with just 3 wins
Both teams need a result in what is named the augral six pointer with Skiverton aware that he needs to get it tactically right, we will be “looking at their strengths and weaknesses, with clean sheets part of that”. Orient face 2 of their nearest rivals in the next 3 and a win will give them momentum in their challenge to avoid relegation. Orient are favourites with the bookmakers at EVS with Yeovil out at 29/10. Orient and Yeovil won 2 a piece in the last 4 meetings between the teams.
- Yeovil failed to keep a clean sheet in last 9 games
- Yeovil 2 wins in 9 at Brisbane Road
- Orient won all three of their home games by 3 goal margin
Orient will be without Vincelot with Shane Lowry and Ryan Hedges slight doubts having missed last weeks defeat to Peterborough. While Joe Edwards and Stephen Kingsley both making it through Thursday’s training and look set to be included in the squad. Joel Grant is set ton continue after a recent return from injury
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Yeovil
Closely fought game with Orient grabbing an early goal but conceding midway through the first half. A substitute will score from the bench in the closing stages to give Orient an very important victory at the bottom of League 1.