In a rescheduled League One fixture, Leyton Orient welcomes Lincoln City to Brisbane Road, seeking to avoid a third consecutive defeat in all competitions.
The O’s, back in the third tier after clinching the League Two title last season, aim to stabilize their form. Meanwhile, Lincoln, with aspirations for promotion, are under the guidance of new manager Michael Skubala.
Leyton Orient endured a recent loss against Oxford United at home, displaying glimpses of their early-season struggles. Despite a spirited comeback effort, the 3-2 defeat highlighted their inconsistency.
Manager Richie Wellens acknowledged the team’s learning curve at this level but anticipates improvement. Currently positioned 13th in the standings, Leyton Orient aims to bridge the gap to the top six.
Lincoln City, amidst a managerial transition, appointed Michael Skubala to guide their promotion hopes.
However, after a goal from Jamie Reid, they faced a 1-0 defeat against Stevenage, extending their winless run to four league matches.
The absence of key attackers Ben House and Jack Diamond has hindered Lincoln’s attacking prowess, drawing criticism from the fanbase over the transfer window’s outcomes.
Notably, this encounter marks the first meeting between Leyton Orient and Lincoln in 17 years, with their last three encounters ending in draws during their League Two stint in the mid-2000s.
Leyton Orient’s Max Sanders returned from injury in their previous match, adding depth to their midfield. Defender Rob Hunt’s recovery might earn him a spot in the starting XI.
Lincoln City’s new coach Skubala continues to integrate young talents like Jack Vale and Jack Burroughs into the team. Timothy Eyoma and Adam Jackson are expected to anchor the defense in a back three.
Cooper, Happe, Turns;
James, Brown, Mizouni, Archibald;
Sotiriou, Pigott, Drinan
Mitchell, Jackson, Eyoma;
Sorensen, Hamilton, Erhahon, Burroughs;
Adelakun, Vale, Mandroiu
Prediction: Leyton Orient 2-1 Lincoln City
Despite facing strong opposition in their recent matches, Leyton Orient appears poised to secure maximum points against a transitioning Lincoln City side.
While Lincoln showed promise initially under Skubala, back-to-back defeats seem likely for the Imps at the start of his tenure.