Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Leyton Orient and Carlisle United, the two teams who are almost level on points in the League Two standings, go head to head at Brisbane Road on Matchday 45. Back-to-back defeats to Cambridge United and Southend United ruined Leyton’s promotion hopes, meaning that player manager Jobi McAnuff could opt to make a number of changes to the starting XI. The Cumbrians missed out on a place in the playoffs as well, and given their six-match winless run in the League Two, away win should not be considered.
A close encounter is on the cards at Brisbane Road, and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Carlisle defender Rhys Bennett, who suffered an injury in the 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town, is unlikely to feature against Leyton Orient. It has to be noted that under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of the previous two meetings between the two sides.
Highlighted Player (Craig Clay):
After spending his youth career at Chesterfield, Craig Clay continued wearing the Spireites jersey at senior level. The English midfielder made 27 appearances for Chesterfield in the league before signing a deal with York City in the 2013/2014 season.
It has to be noted that he played for the likes of Barrow and Alfreton Town on loan as well before signing the deal with the Minstermen. Born in Nottingham, England on May 5, 1992, Craig Clay was part of Halifax Town, Worksop Town, Grimsby Town, and Motherwell squad as well in the past. Nowadays, the 180-cm tall midfielder plays for Leyton Orient in the League Two, the English fourth tier.
He made his League Two debut with the O’s on August 3, 2019, in a 1-0 win over Cheltenham Town. Craig Clay has one cap with the England C national team as he represented the Three Lions in a 2-0 win over the Ukraine U20 team on March 22, 2016.
Highlighted Team (Carlisle):
Founded in May 1904, Carlisle United are a professional football club that have one of the biggest stadiums in the League 2. Brunton Park is the club’s home ground, and it can hold up to 18,202 spectators. When playing at Brunton Park Carlisle United footballers wear blue shirts and blue shorts, while their away kit is sky blue.
The Cumbrians maintain a rivalry with Workington And Barrow, but it has to be noted that the two clubs have not met in the Football League since the 1970s. Carlisle United won their first Football League Trophy in the 1996/97 season, with the team beating Colchester United 4-3 on penalties.
The Cumbrians repeated the success 14 years later (2010/11) as they defeated Brentford 1-0, thanks to Peter Michael Murphy’s goal. Carlisle United recorded their biggest win against Hartlepool United (8-0) on September 1, 1928, with the team suffering their heaviest defeat to Hull City (1-11) on January 14, 1939.