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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN v LEYTON ORIENT

20 October 2015

All you need to know ahead of tonight's game

Luton Town v Leyton Orient
Sky Bet League 2
Tuesday 20th October 2015, kick-off 7.45pm 

Official live online commentary on Hatters Player

• Town no win in last two
• Orient won one of last eight
• Hatters beat O’s in JPT in September
• Town now without Stephen McNulty
• Orient no away win since August
• No fresh injuries worries for the Town

WHO? Leyton Orient, the O’s, from Brisbane Road, West London. Orient reached the League 1 Play-Off final in 2014 but were relegated to League 2 at the end of last season, ending nine campaigns in the third tier. At the helm is Ian Hendon, a former Orient defender, who took over this summer. They arrive in Bedfordshire in fifth place in League 2 with 22 points.

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THIS TIME ROUND. Following relegation from League 1 last year, Hendon’s side started this season on fire, winning their first five games. Admittedly four of those victories came against early-season strugglers Stevenage, Newport, Dagenham and Barnet. However, since that 100 per cent start, the O’s have won just once in their last eight games, losing three and drawing four. On Saturday they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Oxford United.

ONE TO WATCH. Jay Simpson. The former Arsenal and QPR striker has scored 10 goals already this season, including one at the weekend against Oxford. 

HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE? Tonight’s meeting will be the 63rd between the two clubs. The Town hold sway in the head-to-head meetings, winning 30 to Orients 17. There have been 15 draws. John Still’s side recorded a 2-1 win over Orient in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in September. The last time the Hatters beat Orient in a league fixture came as far back as March 2002 with goals from Chris Coyne, Danny Crowe and Adrian Forbes on target in a 3-0 win on Tuesday night…

KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU…Scott Cuthbert spent four season with Orient before joining the Town this summer, while goalkeeper coach Kevin Dearden was also previously at Brisbane Road prior to joining on Christmas Eve. Orient have a former Town loanee in their squad. Centre-half Connor Essam played nine times for the Town in 2012 while on-loan from Gillingham.

TOWN TEAM NEWS. The Town start life without captain Stephen McNulty following his departure to Tranmere. Scott Cuthbert has been named as interim skipper by John Still. The boss has no fresh injury worries for the O’s’ visit. However, having been unhappy with the side’s second half performance at Crawley on Saturday, Still may look to change things up.

IN THE OTHER CAMP… Alan Dunne is available for selection once again for Orient after the defender missed the clash against Oxford due to suspension. Jack Payne and Ollie Palmer made telling contributions as half-time substitutes at the weekend, and both players could be handed a spot in the starting XI. Paul McCallum remains the O’s’ only long-term absentee, and underwent surgery on his right knee yesterday as he continues to recover from crucial ligament damage.

REF WATCH. West Sussex whistler Tim Robinson makes his second visit to Kenilworth Road to take control of tonight's match. Last season he oversaw the Hatters' 1-1 draw with Bury in August in which Pelly Ruddock scored an injury-time equaliser. Tonight will be his third match refereeing the Town, having also officiated in the 1-0 win at Newport in the Conference back in November 2011. So far this season Tim has overseen 12 matches, showing 52 yellow cards and one red. 

LIVE AND ONLINE. As ever, we’ll be reporting live from Kenilworth Road. Build-up starts at 5pm, so get on our early blog on the Wall for all the latest updates.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for photos, videos and all the behind-the-scenes action. Hatters Player subscribers will be able to listen to live commentary from just before 7.45pm with Simon Pitts in the press box. 

Post-match, remember to check out the official website, YouTube channel and Player for reports, interviews and photographs and don’t forget to tune in from midday on Sunday for all the highlights in glorious HD!

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