Match Preview: Leyton Orient vs Tranmere Rovers

By Joel Lampkin

VERSUS LEYTON ORIENT (A) GRAPHIC

Tranmere Rovers sit just two points adrift of first placed Wrexham and are the closest to automatic promotion they have been all season – but they will face a tough task on their travels.

Leyton Orient may be hovering above the relegation zone in 17th place but The Super Whites’ away form has been a constant worry all season and this must end now if they are to steal a march on their rivals.


Team News

Rovers have almost a full squad at their disposal with James Wallace and Ben Tollitt both featuring in a behind closed doors friendly at their training complex earlier this week.

The winger is expected to be in the squad although the former Tranmere captain will not be included as he needs more minutes to guarentee fitness.

The two players could may well be in manager Micky Mellon’s plans for this Saturday, meanwhile Scott Davies may be back sooner rather than later after receiving a positive update regarding his injury.

Mitch Duggan is still regaining his fitness, although he did feature in the midweek victory over Fleetwood Town but he is unlikely to feature this weekend.

The opposition, have re-signed Sam Ling from Dagenham and Redbridge and the player looks set to feature at Brisbane Road this Saturday.


View from the Dugout

Micky Mellon: “Football is about now, it is not about records that you have done last season, or the season before that, it is a whole new group.

“It is about turning up and doing the jobs that we need to do. We are pleased that we have gotten ourselves into a position to attack, giving ourselves a chance of winning the main prize but there is still a lot of work to be done.

“We know and expect a really, really tough game from an improving Leyton Orient team. It will always be a difficult place to go. We will look forward to that and try to do our jobs.


Recent Form

After winning eight home games in succession Rovers have failed to replicate the same stunning form on their travels although they have won two of their last four games on the road.

Their previous match away from Prenton Park saw them secure a 2-2 draw with rivals Wrexham and last Saturday’s home fixture against Ebbsfleet United was one of their most impressive victories of the season.

The O’s bagged a victory over Dagenham in the FA Trophy on Tuesday in a 4-3 thriller but have won just one in their past three games in the league and failed to score in two.

Tranmere have scored 10 goals in their past five games and in form striker James Norwood celebrated his 50th goal for the club on the weekend.


Predictions

Joel Lampkin: 0-4

Tranmere and away form don’t seem to mix very well but with Orient sitting low in the table and Rovers playing their best football of the season last week its hard to look past another win. With Tollitt returning, and the possibility of Scott Davies back in the side the feasibility of a league title is not out of the question. Also with James Norwood bagging a one-on-one last week it cant be long until we see Steve McNulty lifting the Champions League trophy…

Josh Roberts: 1-2

Tranmere have all the momentum going into the business end of the season and with big name players returning from injury, the Tranmere wins will keep coming, with another one on Saturday at Brisbane Road. It won’t be an easy victory, Leyton Orient will make life difficult but Rovers have the resolve and skill to beat anyone in the league.

Pete Tscherewik: 1-2

Tranmere are in fine form at the moment and will travel down south this weekend full of confidence. With Micky Mellon having very little to worry about in terms of injury problems Rovers will arguably have a full strength side available. Orient have struggled this season but I doubt they will make things easy for the Super Whites. An away win for Rovers here, but it will be very tight.

George Williamson: 0-2

Orient are struggling towards the back end of the table, and their poor season will continue this week as an in-form Rovers side should have enough quality to dismantle them, even at Brisbane Road.

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