Leyton Orient: Got Any Os?

By BoroGuide

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Os! I thought you said O! When you said Os, I thought you said O! ‘Os!” – Wowzer, aren’t the games coming round thick and fast at the moment? It’s a third trip in three games for Teddy’s team – if you count the League Cup jaunt up to Ipswich – and we’ll have to be using that last-gasp leveller at Newport and use it as the driving force for our latest outing down at Leyton Orient.

If you hadn’t heard, Orient are one of the four who failed to make the League One grade last term – that’s something you can put down as a bit of a surprise after the Os were all but up to the Championship halfway through a 2013-4 playoff final shootout with Rotherham United. Two borked pelanties, however, let the Posh snatch the promotion spot and Orient then fell apart.

It’s only natural that Orient will be looking to get back upstairs at the earliest chance and impartial observers will no doubt think our hosts are on for a third straight league win when we come to town. Not that our previous record against the Os does much to help our own cause – in eight games, we’ve won two (albeit both cup games) and failed to score in five encounters. Ah…

No wonder the bookies are sure about where the punts are expected to go on this one – Orient are best priced at 10/11, whereas a Boro’ win promises a nice little earner if it comes in at the 4/1 Coral have been offering. If the question is whether both teams will score, we’d have to go with No at 23/20 and Paul McCallum looks interesting at 15/8 to score during the 90 minutes.

Or you could go with the pattern that’s emerging this season? After a run of results that reads 0-2, 1-2 and 2-2, we’re wondering if football could eat itself and go with the next stage in this logical sequence. We bet you weren’t expecting us to ask you do the math – 3-2 in Boro’s favour can be yours at 55/1. In a mad game full of mad characters, football can’t be that mad? Can it?

Then again, football has got to the barmy stage where someone thinks it’s reasonable to charge £24 for the pleasure of watching a League Two match. It doesn’t really matter if Orient fans will pay the same when they come here, that’s a lot of wonga for the level we’re at. But it’s probably more a sad reflection of where modern football has taken us over the past 20 years. Ho hum.

No, no, Os! Os for the gate. Mon repose! Os! Letter Os!

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