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Preview: Leyton Orient v Barrow

25 March 2022

A photograph of Leyton Orient Ian Tuttle (Shutterstock)
The Breyer Group Stadium

We turn the spotlight on Saturday's game with a full and in-depth preview of The Bluebirds' League Two trip to The Breyer Group Stadium.

Leyton Orient v Barrow
Saturday 26th March 2022, 3pm
The Breyer Group Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

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

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

A run of five consecutive defeats through February saw Kenny Jackett leave his post as boss to be succeeded by Wellens and the new man has made an immediate impact in East London.

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

One To Watch
Young front man Ruel Sotiriou has run in to some great form for Leyton Orient in recent weeks and is a player The Bluebirds will need to keep a close eye on this weekend.

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

Sotiriou came through the ranks with Orient and made his debut whilst still a second-year scholar in 2017 before penning a first professional deal with the club the following year.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the 15th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Orient have enjoyed the better of it historically having won six times in comparison to Barrow’s three triumphs.

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

Last term, Barrow were beaten 2-0 at The Breyer Group Stadium, while the sides played out a 1-1 draw at The Dunes Hotel Stadium earlier in this campaign when Robbie Gotts scored his first goal for the Club.

Referee
Simon Mather will take charge of his second Barrow game of the season when he’s on the whistle for Saturday’s meeting with Leyton Orient at The Breyer Group Stadium.

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

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

Tickets
Fans can buy their tickets on the day at Leyton Orient’s Ticket Office priced at just £5.

Click here for all the information you need on buying your tickets for Saturday’s game.

Live Streaming
Due to the international break this weekend, we are allowed to live stream Saturday’s game to supporters in the UK and the rest of the world.

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

Click here now to visit the Leyton Orient Match Centre to buy your Video Match Pass.

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

It’s the only way access online commentary 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 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.

Betting
Orient have been installed as 11/10 favourites for three points on Saturday, while Barrow can be backed at odds of 12/5 and there’s a price of 11/5 on the draw with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to take a look at a full list of markets ahead of Saturday’s game.


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