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PREVIEW: Leyton Orient v Coventry City

28 January 2014

Read the big match preview ahead of City's trip to the Matchroom Stadium tonight...

Venue: The Matchroom Stadium
Kick-off: 7.45pm
Date: Tuesday, January 28th  
Competition: Skybet League One

Coventry City take on Leyton Orient for the fourth time this season as City travel to Brisbane Road. 

The Sky Blues suffered a 4-0 defeat in the capital on Friday against Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Despite a creating plenty of chances in the second half, Lukas Podolski notched a brace and substitutes Santi Carzorla and Olivier Giroud added to the scoreline late on.

Russell Slade’s Orient have continued their dream start to the season and are mounting a serious automatic promotion challenge. 

They just missed out on a place in the play-offs last season and having signed former Millwall striker Shaun Batt, French forward Yohann Lasimant and Marvin Bartley on loan from Burnley, Orient fans might have expected a play-off push in the summer.

Dean Cox and Romain Vincelot have both stayed at the club despite transfer speculation, which can only boost Slade’s chances of success this season.

Slade has boosted his squad further with the signing of former City loanee Chris Dagnall and his side are currently in second spot in the table having gone five games unbeaten, winning four of them.

City have played Leyton Orient 47 times, recording 19 wins to Orient’s 11 whilst there have been 14 draws.

The Sky Blues last recorded a 3-1 win victory over Orient at Sixfields this season with Franck Moussa and Carl Baker grabbing the goals. 

Last five fixtures

22/10/2013 Coventry City 3-1 Leyton Orient, League One
08/10/2013 Leyton Orient *0-0 Coventry City (*4-2 pens), Johnstone Paint Trophy
06/08/2013 Leyton Orient 3-2 Coventry City, Capital One Cup
20/04/2013 Coventry City 0-1 Leyton Orient, League One
27/10/2012 Leyton Orient 0-1 Coventry City, League One

Andrew Whing

The current Oxford United left-back started his professional career at Coventry City in 2003 and spent four years at the club.

He went to make over 100 appearances for the club but scoring just the two goals. One of these goals was scored against Derby County in the final game at Highfield Road as City ran out 6-2 winners.

After another four-year stint at Brighton and Hove Albion, he moved on to Orient where he made 19 appearances in a short deal, lasting just half a season.

Keith Osgood

The defender started his career at Tottenham Hotspur in 1972 and spent five years with the London club before moving on to Coventry City.

City signed the defender for £130,000 but he only stayed at the club for the 1978/79 season, featuring for the club just 24 times and scoring the one goal.

He moved onto Derby County for a two-year spell before moving back to London with Orient where he made 36 appearances during a two-year spell. He ended his 18-year career at Cambridge United in 1985.

Dean Cox

The ever-present Orient winger has been one of the best players in League One this season and will look to continue his form against City tonight.

He netted eight times last season and played in almost every match, making 55 appearances. His pace and crossing ability makes him one of the best wingers in the division and he has kicked on further this season scoring 10 goals in 33 appearances.

It was his goal which separated the Sky Blues and Orient at the end of last season and despite interest from Championship, he opted to stay at Brisbane Road.

With the experienced Kevin Lisbie, David Mooney, Chris Dagnall and Shaun Batt all options up front, City will have to make sure Cox struggles to supply the front-two with his service.

Tickets for the Sky Blues' home League One clash with Leyton Orient at the Matchroom Stadium are available on the gate

City travel to the O’s on Tuesday, January 28th with kick off at 7:45pm.

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