League 1 Preview: Peterborough United v Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient travel to Peterborough on Saturday looking to bounce back from a 3-1 home defeat to Bristol City. The O’s will have good memories against the Posh having beaten them in the League 1 playoffs last season.

  • Orient have won 4 of the last 8 meetings between the sides and are unbeaten in their last three trips to London Road

Peterborough have won their last two games since Darren Ferguson left with belief in the camp that the pressure is off after Dave Robertson’s appointment as caretaker manager. Robertson was appointed after Ferguson left the Posh after just 1 win in 5 games but since then Peterborough have picked up. Robertson spoke today about how the job is going

“It has been a great 2 weeks, we have made slight tweaks and it seems to be working with the results. We have tried to keep focused, creating a competitive environment for the players with them taking in what is learned in training to match day”

Strikers Marcus Maddison and Connor Washington are both pushing for recalls with Washington notching the winner at Brammal Lane on Tuesday night. Washington also spoke about the confidence building within the camp and the environment which “Robbo” has created.

“He has got us playing with freedom, his enthusiasm is infectious and a confidence booster. We feel the pressure is off, aim to get 3 points every game, playing football and expressing ourselves”.

Leyton Orient come in to the game after a pleasing performance against Bristol City despite the result. O’s boss Fabio Liverani was happy with his sides performance and the football they played but City had three chances and scored three goals. Orient who have improved in recent weeks and Liverani is more hopeful than ever that his team can stay up.

“I am pleased with the performance and convinced we will stay up, we started well and played good football but the ball didn’t go in for us”


Orient Last 6 – LWWLWL                           Peterborough Last 6 – WWLLWL

Stand in captain Romain Vincelot also shares Liverani’s optimism with Orient stating that there is “absolute no doubt we are going to stay up; we can beat anyone home or away, we are confident for the next game”. Vincelot stated that the mood is a positive one with good togetherness between manager, players and fans. “there have been consistent performances in last 5 with a positive spirit, keep that and the form continues”. 

Orient’s defeat at home to City was their 11th of the season at home but are upbeat going into Saturday’s clash at Peterborough. Posh sit 9th on 47 points just two off a play off place and with the pressure off, a late surge into the play off plays isn’t too far off. Orient scored first for the third game in succession on Tuesday, winning 2 of them and the first goal will be crucial on Saturday.

  • Peterborough recorded 34 of their 47 point when scored first goal
  • All 6 home games they have scored first they have won
  • Only accumulated 4 points from 27 when conceded first at home – W1, D1, L7

Posh’s win at Sheffield United came with 2 goals in the dying minutes of games which pleased Robertson who is weary of the threat that Orient can possess. “They are in a false position, they have an experienced group and have good players. We will focus as every other game looking for the 3 points” Washington and Maddison both have 7 league goals each this term and will be looking to add to their tally against Orient.

  • Orient conceded 29 out of 49 goals in second half with 10 between 80-90 minutes
  • Maddison scored 1 goal in last 8 appearances
  • Washington scored 1 goal in last 7

Liverani hinted at a few changes for the O’s who named an unchanged team on Tuesday for the first time this season. With the third game in 7 days at Posh, it is usual the toughest one for the players and with players regaining match fitness, Liverani may have a selection headache. Chris Dagnall looks set to continue in attack but David Mooney’s and Mathieu Baudry’s places in the side could be in doubt after poor performances against City. Darius Henderson remains sidelined with Adam Legizins but Lloyd James is on the road to recovery having been given the all clear for full contact today.

  • Dagnall scored in his last 2 appearances
  • 66% of Orient’s points have come away from home – 23 out of 35
  • Orient picked up 10 points from last 15 available on the road – 3 wins and a draw
  • Peterborough 9 points from last 15 at home – 3 wins and 2 defeats

It will be a tough match for both sides with Peterborough being made slight favorites at 13/10, draw 9/4 and Orient 21/10. Both sides need the points for different reasons with Posh looking to continue their play off hunt while Orient could move out of the relegation places with a win. Worth while bet could be both teams to score, over 2.5 goals.  I fancy Orient to win with over 2.5 goals.

  • 14 out of the last 15 meetings both teams have scored
  • Last 4 Orient wins have been over 2.5 goals – Orient to win and both teams to score 6-1 at Betfred
  • 9 out of last 10 meetings have seen over 2.5 goals – Orient to win and over 2.5 goals 5-1 at Betfred
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