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Leyton Orient v Sutton United preview

19 November 2021

Sutton will hope to continue a good away run of four wins in five games at The Breyer Group Stadium against a side with one of the best home records in Sky Bet League Two.

Since winning at Northampton at the start of October, U's have picked up maximum points at Crawley, Colchester and Tranmere, as well as winning at Portsmouth in the Papa John's Trophy, with only the last gasp defeat at Rochdale as a blemish on that form. However Leyton Orient have lost only once in their eight home games this season, against Harrogate, and indeed have lost only two league game home or away this season, the other defeat coming when they conceded two goals in stoppage time to lose 3-2 at Port Vale.

Of their sixteen games nine have been drawn, leaving them in an odd situation of having won only once in their last eight games, but also having lost only once in the same period, and they go in to the game tomorrow one place and two points behind Sutton.

Enjoying a fine season up front for the O's this season is Aaron Drinan, the Irish striker who had a loan spell at Sutton from Ipswich in the 2018-19 season, his one goal being a memorable injury time winner at Wealdstone in the FA Cup. Aaron is featured in the programme for tomorrow's game, which will be on sale around the ground priced £3.50.

It is Sutton's third visit to the ground, the previous two coming in the National League. In December 2017 U's were on the end of a rare heavy defeat that season, losing 4-1, but the following season Jonah Ayunga's goal was the only goal of a game which saw Tommy Wright, who had scored U's goal the previous season, suffer the knee injury that halted his career for nearly a year.

Tobi Sho-Silva and Enzio Boldewijn, who both missed the trip to Tranmere last week, will again be sidelined but Omar Bugiel, who earned his 10th Lebanese cap as a substitute in the 1-0 World Cup defeat to the UAE on Tuesday, returns to the squad. 

Referee tomorrow is Scott Oldham, who is the first referee to take charge of more than one Sutton game this season, having also been the man in the middle at Exeter in September.

We have sold over 400 tickets for the game, but tickets can be bought on the day from the ticket office in Oliver Road. Matchday prices are £23 for adults, £21 for concessions(over 65; students with valid ID card; serving members of the Armed Forces; unemployed with proof of benefit receipt) , and £8 for Under 18s. Our accommodation will be in the southern section of the East Stand. accessible through Entrance D. There is further information for away supporters here, while Leyton Orient have introduced enhanced safety measures from this weekend and you can see those here. 

Travel information was covered in the website article earlier in the week and can be found here, with the one thing to re-iterate being that the Bank branch of the Northern Line is closed for engineering works tomorrow, meaning that the usual interchange at Bank station is not available.

Our iFollow service will have an audio commentary of the game for UK supporters, price £2.50. Anyone overseas can watch the game for £10, and if you don't already hold a monthly or seasonal pass you can buy a match pass here.


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