Our prediction for this League 2 match:
All eyes will be on Brisbane Road when Leyton Orient and Salford City face each other in the League Two round 22. Leyton quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Leyton Orient, with the team beating Southend 2-0 in their last game of the year. The Lilywhites aim to regain their spot in top seven, but the game against Salford City will be anything but a walk in the park for the home team.
The Lions, on the other hand, are eyeing their third consecutive win in the League Two. Salford City managed to keep four clean sheets in the previous five league fixtures, and seeing that Leyton looked solid at the back in the midweek clash, we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. In their last meeting in a competitive match the two sides played out a 1-1 draw, which is yet another reason why a low-scoring affair is on the cards.
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 (Salford):
Founded during the Second World War (1940) as Salford Central, the League Two side play their home games at Moor Lane. The stadium, which was opened in 1978 and renovated in 2019, can hold up to 5,108 spectators. The Lions wear red jerseys and white shorts when playing in front of home fans, while white and black are the dominant colours of their away kit.
Salford City secured promotion to the League 2 at the end of the 2018/19 as they defeated Flyde 3-0 in the National League play-offs final. The match was played at Wembley Stadium, with Touray, Pergianni, and Dieseruvwe scoring for the Lions.
In the 1977/78 season Salford City won their first Manchester Premier Cup trophy, with the team repeating the success the following year. Bury are seen as the club’s main rivals, but their rivalry with the likes of Oldham and Rochdale is pretty big as well.