It’s first vs second in this National League clash. The result of this match have a lot of bearing when it comes to who’s getting promoted to the EFL next season.
Leyton Orient v Wrexham
Saturday 9th March, 12:35
The Breyer Group Stadium
Leyton Orient have been in fine form in recent weeks. In six matches in all competitions, The O’s have won three, drawn one and lost only once. The home side have built up a lot of momentum to push for automatic promotion this season. Justin Edinburgh’s side are currently in second in the league.
Leyton Orient, over the course of the season, have performed well at home. Orient have picked up ten wins, three losses and four draws in seventeen home games. However in recent weeks, the home side have only picked up three wins in their last five home games, losing the other two. They lost last time out against Maidenhead.
Despite the two losses in their last five home games, Leyton Orient’s main strength when playing at home is their solid defence. In seventeen matches Orient have conceded only eleven, a stat which is only bettered by Wrexham (8) and Halifax (9) in the league. However,Orient have conceded four of those eleven goals in their last five games. Often when Orient win, it is a win to nil scoreline. This has occurred five times out of their last eight games in all competitions.
From November to January, Wrexham went seven away games without a win. The away side finally got their long awaited away win against Havant and Waterlooville. Since then they have been unbeaten on the road in three games, winning two matches and drawing one. Over the course of the whole season, Wrexham have won seven, lost five and drew six times from eighteen away matches.
An issue Wrexham have had when playing away from home is their inability to score goals and to keep them out. In eighteen league matches, Wrexham have scored seventeen and conceded seventeen which is an average of 0.94 goals conceded and scored per game.
Despite being top of the league, Wrexham don’t really possess an out and out goal scorer who can supply them with goals. Goals have been spread throughout the squad as they have fourteen different goalscorers, but no player has scored more than five goals. In comparison, Leyton Orient have thirteen goalscorers, with their highest scorer, Macauley Bonne, scoring twenty goals this season.
Wrexham fans will be happy to know that their striker, Bobby Grant, may return from his injury in this match. However Luke Summerfield and Mark Carrington will be ruled out for this top of the table clash.
Leyton Orient will be without Miles Judd who is ruled out for the rest of the season due to a hamstring injury. The midfielder, James Dayton, was in contention to feature in Leyton Orient’s 3-2 win over Barrow but didn’t quite make it back from his injury. The Englishman may make his return for this one, but he will be severely lacking match fitness after missing eleven games through his injury.
Bookies have made the home side favourites to win their clash against Wrexham despite, the away side being higher in the league. For Leyton Orient to win you can get odds of 10/11. For Wrexham to win it’s 5/2.
This will be a tight game but I feel that the home side will edge it. I wouldn’t expect an open game as both sides will not want to lose this as they can both find themselves in play-off places at the end of the day if they lose. Only two points separate Wrexham and Solihull Moors in third place.
Wrexham’s much improved away form leads me to believe that they will get on the score sheet along with Leyton Orient in this match. I would recommend considering a bet from the both teams to score market. For both teams to score you can get odds of 17/20. For Leyton Orient to win and both teams to score you can get increased odds of 10/3.
To avoid a side letting your bet down by not scoring, you should consider the over/under markets. For 2.5 goals to be scored in the match you can get odds of 11/10. Again, if you add Leyton Orient to win to this bet, your odds will be improved to 11/4.
Leyton Orient to win (10/11)
Over 2.5 goals (11/10)