Preview: Leyton Orient v Barrow – News


We shine the spotlight on Saturday’s game with a full and in-depth look at the Bluebirds’ League Two trip to the Breyer Group Stadium.

Leyton Orient v Barrow
saturday 26and March 2022, 3 p.m.
The Breyer group stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In opposition
Leyton Orient have discovered improved form in recent weeks to put some distance between them and the League Two relegation zone ahead of the run-in.

New boss Richie Wellens will know there is still some work to be done to fully confirm their place in the EFL for the next term, but back-to-back wins have lifted them 12 points from the bottom two.

A five-game losing streak until February saw Kenny Jackett step down as boss to be replaced by Wellens and the new man had an immediate impact in East London.

The O’s are now unbeaten in six games having drawn four in a row before a 3-1 win at home to Rochdale last Saturday and an eye-catching 3-0 triumph at Harrogate Town in midweek.

One to watch
Young leader Ruel Sotiriou has been in excellent form for Leyton Orient in recent weeks and is a player the Bluebirds will have to watch closely this weekend.

The 21-year-old has touched the net in five of his last six games and his goals have helped the O’s to better results as they look to get away from the danger zone.

Sotiriou rose through the ranks with Orient and made his debut as a second-year scholarship holder in 2017 before signing a first professional contract with the club the following year.

Saturday’s game will only be the 15thand competitive encounter between the two clubs and Orient benefited historically having won six times compared to Barrow’s three triumphs.

The Bluebirds have won only once at Orient over the years and that was in April 1969 when a brace from George McLean secured a 2-1 Division Three victory.

Last season Barrow were beaten 2-0 at the Breyer Group Stadium, while the sides drew 1-1 at the Dunes Hotel Stadium earlier in this campaign when Robbie Gotts scored his first goal for the club.

Simon Mather will take charge of his second Barrow game of the season when he whistles for Saturday’s encounter with Leyton Orient at the Breyer Group Stadium.

The official, who was promoted from the National League at the start of the season, oversaw a 3-2 home loss to Colchester United in September in which he showed James Jones and Luke Chambers red cards.

Mather has worked in Leagues One and Two this term with his last appointment a fortnight ago when he watched Accrington Stanley beat Charlton Athletic 2-1 at Wham Stadium.

Fans can buy their tickets on the day at the Leyton Orient box office for just £5.

Click here for all the information you need to buy your tickets for Saturday’s game.

Live broadcast
Due to the international break this weekend, we are permitted to broadcast Saturday’s match live to fans in the UK and the rest of the world.

This means you can enjoy full live video coverage of Phil Brown’s first match in charge by joining us on iFollow and picking up your Video Match Pass.

Click here now to visit the Leyton Orient Match Center and purchase your Video Match Pass.

Live commentary
You can listen to live audio commentary of every match – home and away – on iFollow as part of our ongoing broadcast partnership with our friends at BBC Radio Cumbria.

It’s the only way to access commentary online and fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by Mick Payne at Orient on Saturday.

You can buy an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign up for the Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow.

Orient were installed as 11/10 favorites for three points on Saturday, while Barrow can be backed at odds of 12/5 and there is an 11/5 prize on the draw with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now for the full list of markets ahead of Saturday’s game.


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