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Preview: Leyton Orient v Barrow

16 April 2021

Match Previews

Preview: Leyton Orient v Barrow

16 April 2021

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's League Two meeting with Leyton Orient at The Breyer Group Stadium.

Leyton Orient v Barrow
Saturday 17th April 2021, 12.30pm
The Breyer Group Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Seven games without a win running from late January into February prompted Leyton Orient to make a change and Head Coach Ross Embleton left the Club to be replaced on an interim basis by Jobi McAnuff.

The popular McAnuff has inspired a positive reaction from the players and The O’s have tasted defeat just twice during his 14 games in charge so far.

That sequence of results, which has included a run of four successive wins, has lifted Orient right back into contention for the play-offs and they are just four points shy of the top seven ahead of this weekend’s meeting with Barrow.

It could be a potentially pivotal few days for Orient’s challenge with their encounter with The Bluebirds quickly followed by another test on home soil when Cambridge United visit on Tuesday.

After winning back their place in the EFL following a two-season stay in the National League, the East London outfit are now targeting a return to League One for the first time since 2015.

One To Watch
Danny Johnson will be hoping his recent return to the scoresheet will be something he can continue during the run-in as he looks to fire Leyton Orient into the League Two play-offs.

The 28-year-old front man was on fire in the opening weeks of the campaign, finding the net in eight of his first ten outings in all competitions.

A former Hartlepool United youngster who also played for Gateshead, Motherwell and Dundee, Johnson has struck 17 goals in League Two so far including three in his last four games.

Head To Head
Saturday’s encounter will be only the 13th competitive meeting between the club and Orient have the slight edge having won five of the previous contests in comparison to Barrow’s three triumphs.

The clubs shared a division during The O’s two seasons in the National League, but Orient held the upper hand, and you have to go back to 1969 for Barrow’s last victory in this fixture.

On that occasion, two goals from George McLean gave Barrow a 2-1 win at Brisbane Road to back up their 3-1 success at Holker Street earlier in the 1968/69 campaign.

Christopher Sarginson will take charge of his third Bluebirds fixture of the season when he’s on the whistle for our trip to Leyton Orient.

The experienced official, who has been on the EFL’s list of referees since 2008, was in the middle for our 2-2 draw with Forest Green Rovers in November and our 1-0 win over Scunthorpe United in January.

Saturday will be his 30th outing of the current campaign, with his most recent appointment coming at the end of March when he oversaw Gillingham’s 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic at Priestfield Stadium.

Leyton Orient have been installed as 6/4 favourites for three points this weekend, while Barrow are a 9/5 shot for victory in London and the draw is priced up at 21/10 with Sky Bet.

Click here now to take a look at Sky Bet’s range of odds on Saturday’s action.

Live Streaming
Match Passes to watch Monday’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available – fans are reminded that Season Ticket holders do not get free access to away games.

We’re delighted that BBC Cumbria’s Adam Johnson is back behind the mic for our live stream of away games and this week he will be joined by guest summariser Mick Payne.

Fans in the UK can buy a Match Pass to watch the action now priced at £10, while overseas supporters pay £7.

Click here now to buy your Match Pass for this weekend’s game.

Live Commentary
We will also provide an audio commentary of Saturday’s game as BBC Radio Cumbria team, Adam Johnson and Mick Payne deliver coverage to fans all over the world via iFollow.

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

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow Barrow.

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