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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
16:45 24th September 2016

Preview: Leyton Orient (H)

Notts will be looking to build on their hard-fought victory at Cheltenham town with a win at home to Leyton Orient.

Three points for the Magpies would see them leapfrog tenth-placed Orient, whose superior goal difference is all that separates the sides going into the match.

Andy Hessenthaler's side have started the 2016-17 campaign well on the road, recently drawing at Carlisle after emerging victorious from trips to Morecambe and Grimsby.

Sheridan says…

"Everyone's come through training nice and bright ahead of a tough game on Saturday against one of the favourites to go up.

"They're one of the teams who I think will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season so it'll be a good test for us. They're a really strong, experienced side with some good players.

"But I feel as though we're getting better - there are good signs in us but it's important we maintain that over a long period."

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Orient boss Hessenthaler says…

"It's a tough game. They had a good win at the weekend.

"It's not easy there and they've got a good manager in John Sheridan - he's very experienced. He knows the game through and through.

"They've got some good players - Jon Stead up front is still scoring goals. He's a handful and generally they're a good side.

"A bit like us, at home they're probably not as strong as they should be. Hopefully we can go there and get a decent result."

Team news

Sheridan says Alan Smith is 'doubtful' due to a hip injury, but the Notts manager has no other new injury concerns.

Orient had feared Nicky Hunt would be sidelined for a while after a recent injury but the prognosis wasn't as bad as first feared, leaving him in contention to feature this weekend.

The Os could hand debuts to new signings Jens Janse (defender) and Zan Benedicic (midfielder), while goalkeeper Sam Sargeant may return to the starting line-up after missing the last game through illness.

Nigel Atangana and Jay Simpson have both recently returned to Orient's matchday squad following groin and back injuries respectively.

Head to head

Total matches: 77
Notts wins: 30
Orient wins: 19
Draws: 28

Last time at the Lane...

Notts slipped to a disappointing defeat in February as Shaun Brisley's second-half strike was enough to earn the visitors a 1-0 win.

Starting XI: Carroll, Hewitt, Atkinson, Hollis, Adams, Thompson, Smith, Noble (Campbell 79'), Banton, Stead, McLeod

Lifeline Day

The club will be celebrating Lifeline Day at the Orient match, with members in with a chance of winning £10,000 or a new car.

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Tickets

Supporters can save money on their tickets by purchasing in advance.

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Fancy a flutter with Sky Bet?

Notts County and Leyton Orient can both be backed at 13/8 in what’s expected to be a closely-fought battle.

The two sides are level on 11 points in the table - just outside the play-off positions - after three wins and two draws from their respective eight games, so the draw might tempt a few punters at 12/5.

Jon Stead is the division’s second highest scorer with six goals and netted twice in the 3-2 victory at Cheltenham last time out. He’s 4/1 to score first this weekend, 5/1 to end up with a brace and 33/1 to bag a hat-trick.

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