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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
10:00 18th February 2017

Preview: Leyton Orient (A)

London's calling for Notts County as they travel to the capital this weekend to take on Leyton Orient at the Matchroom Stadium.

The trip sees Notts manager Kevin Nolan return to the club where he took his first steps in management but with both teams competing at the bottom of League Two, Nolan insists the focus must be on the team rather than himself.

Orient stunned promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle at Home Park in midweek with a late double-salvo, their first win of 2017, but are without a victory at home since Boxing Day.

League positions

Notts: 21st (30pts)
Leyton Orient: 23rd (29pts)

Click here for the full league table.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says…

"The result will not determine what's going to happen from now until the end of the season. We've got 15 games left and we've just got to make sure we win as many of them as possible.

"This is the next game and we want to win it - that's it. It doesn't matter that it's Leyton Orient or that I managed or played there. It has no bearing whatsoever - we've just got to go there and give a performance like we did on Tuesday and Saturday and we'll be OK."

Click here to watch the manager's full pre-match press conference on Magpie Player HD.

Leyton Orient winger Sandro Semedo says...

"We have picked up two really positive results against Yeovil at the weekend and now against Plymouth, but we now have to take this into our home form starting against Notts County.

"We know we need to win and with the way we're playing we're confident of getting another good result. 

"The manager has been great to us and we need to continue to crack on in order to get out of the relegation zone."

Team news

Kevin Nolan is waiting for news on defender Thierry Audel, who was withdrawn at half-time of the midweek draw against Exeter City with a groin problem.

The manager has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from for the game at the Matchroom Stadium.

Orient are without the services of midfielder Liam Kelly after he was given a six-game ban for pushing a ballboy during the win at Plymouth in the Os last outing.

Defender Nicky Hunt will also be suspended after picking up his 10th booking of the season against the Pilgrims.

Match officials

Referee: Lee Collins
Assistants: Matthew Lee and Josh Smith 
Fourth Official: Anthony Da Costa 

Collins has taken charge of nine games so far this season, showing 26 yellow cards and two reds, but this will be his first Notts game of the 2016-17 campaign.

He last refereed Notts in the 2-0 defeat at Crawley in April 2015, showing a yellow card to Alan Smith on that afternoon.

Head-to-head

Notts hold a superior head-to-head record over the Os, winning 31 of the 78 previous meetings, with the London outfit coming out on top in 28 matches between the sides.

The Magpies got the better of Orient at Meadow Lane earlier in the season with goals from Jonathan Forte, Jon Stead and Aaron Collins securing a 3-1 win.

Total matches: 78
Notts wins: 31
Leyton Orient wins: 28
Draws: 19

Last league win at Leyton Orient...

Balint Bajner was the hero, scoring the only goal as Notts left the Matchroom Stadium with a 1-0 win in February 2015.

Garry Thompson drilled wide when one-on-one with the goalkeeper in the opening stages before Mathieu Baudry had a backheel hacked off the line at the other end.

A legion of fans from Bajner's homeland had travelled over to support the talismanic forward and the Hungarian rewarded the faith by firing the ball past Alex Cisak on the turn after 20 minutes to give Notts the lead.

Orient's Shane Lowry saw a header clip the top of the crossbar and had a goalbound shot blocked by Mike Edwards as the hosts came up short against the Magpies.

Notts: Carroll; Dumbuya, Mullins, Edwards, Adams; G Thompson, Jones, C Thompson, Noble, Hayhurst; Bajner (Thomas 78').

Click here to watch highlights of that game.

Ticket information

Notts fans can pay on the day at the Matchroom Stadium with a £2 price increase per adult and £1 per concession on advance prices.

Notts sold a total of 425 advance tickets for this fixture.

Advance prices:

Adult: £22
65 and over: £14
Student with valid ID: £14
Current serving armed forces: £14
Under 18: £5

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Fancy a flutter with Sky Bet?

Notts have been made slight favourites for the game in East London at 8/5 with the hosts 17/10 to come away with all three points and a share of the spoils is available at 23/10.

Nolan's side showed great character to come from 2-0 down to rescue a point in stoppage time against Exeter last time out. If you fancy them to go one better and win after trailing, odds of 12/1 could be tempting. Alternatively, Orient to lead at half-time but Notts to win the game is 28/1.

Jorge Grant made an impact coming off the bench on Tuesday evening and can be backed at 14/1 to open the scoring this weekend. 

Richard Duffy has found his goalscoring touch with two in as many games this week and is available at 33/1 to score first or 11/1 to score any time.

Every Notts fan who signs up to Sky Bet using this link helps the club financially so if you're going to have a flutter, do it with Sky Bet!

Click here to check out Sky Bet's odds on the game.