Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Leyton Orient play host to Grimsby Town at their Brisbane Road in the season opener. Leyton rolled over lower-league side Walthamstow 3-0 in their last warm-up game, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Grimsby. A man to watch in the home team will be Republic of Ireland international Aaron Drinan, who scored 14 goals in the League Two last term. Since the club chiefs managed to keep hold of Ruel Sotiriou and Harry Smith in the summer transfer window as well, home win should be considered.
Grimsby, on the other hand, played no more than three friendl games in pre-season, with the team beating both Alfreton and Cleethorpes, while sharing the spoils with Lincoln. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Leyton have turned their Brisbane Road into a real fortress. Summer signing Danilo Orsi is likely to make his official Grimsby debut against the O’s.
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 (Grimsby):
Founded back in 1878 as Grimsby Pelham, Grimsby Town are a professional football club that compete in League Two, the English fourth tier. Grimsby Town welcome their opponents at Blundell Park, the stadium which has the capacity of 9,027 people (all seated).
The Pilgrims are well known for their black jerseys with white stripes, whilst blue is the dominant colour of their away kit. Grimsby Town made it to the FA Trophy final on two occasions (2012/13, 2015/16), but they have yet to win the title in the competition. The likes of Hull City and Scunthorpe United are regarded as the club’s main rivals.
The Pilgrims registered their biggest win on September 4, 1925, as they crushed Tranmere Rovers 8-0. Speaking of their heaviest loss, Grimsby Town were beaten by Arsenal 9-1 on January 28, 1931. Pat Glover is sitting in top position in the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart with 180 league goals on his account.