Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Leyton Orient will be aiming to build on a 3-0 win over Stevenage when they host Macclesfield Town at the Breyer Group Stadium on Matchday 32. Leyton finally gave fans something to cheer about, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to escape the danger zone in the League Two standings. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be January signing Ruel Sotiriou, who scored a brace against the Boro.
Macclesfield, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Newport County and Northampton Town where they failed to find the net. Mark Kennedy’s troops are only two points clear of the relegation zone, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Leyton’s party at Breyer Group Stadium as the hosts did well to reinforce the squad in the last transfer window.
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 (Macclesfield):
Formed in 1984, Macclesfield Town are a professional football club that play their home matches at Moss Rose. The stadium, which have the capacity of 5,911 people, was built back in 1891 and opened later that year. The Silkmen wear blue jerseys and white shorts when playing at home, whereas black and green are the club’s away colours.
Macclesfield Town have won Staffordshire Senior Cup twice (1992/93, 1995/96), and they have 21 Cheshire Senior Cup titles. The Silkmen registered their record Football League victory against Stockport County (2005/06), with the team rolling over the Hatters 6-0. As for the club’s biggest Football League defeat, they were beaten by West Ham United 8-0 in the EFL Cup round 3 in the 2018/2019 season.
The likes of Northwich Victoria and Altrincham are Macclesfield Town’s traditional rivals, while aforementioned Stockport County were their closest rivals during the Football League years. Their biggest rivals in League Two are Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra.