Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Wednesday’s football game at Banks’s Stadium pits together Walsall and Leyton Orient, the two teams who seem to be evenly matched ahead of the first game of the new year. Walsall suffered a 2-1 loss to Carlisle United at the weekend, with Elijah Adebayo scoring his fourth goal of the season. Adebayo is likely to be recalled to the starting XI against Leyton Orient, but the hosts will be without suspended centre-back James Clark.
Anyhow, we predict that the Saddlers will find the net in the midweek fixture as they managed to score in each of their last five league games. Ross Embleton’s troops, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs of late. The visitors suffered a 3-1 loss to Colchester United in their last home game, but they are capable of matching Walsall at Banks’s Stadium as the O’s are undefeated in the previous three away matches in the League Two.
Highlighted Player (Shay Facey):
Shay Facey is a product of the Manchester City football academy who plays at Walsall as a defender. The 179-cm-tall footballer played for the likes of New York City, Rotherham United, and Heerenveen on loan before signing a permanent deal with Walsall in the summer of 2019.
Facey made his League Two debut with Walsall in a 2-0 loss to Oldham Athletic on October 22, 2019. Even though he represented England U16, England U17, England U19, and England U20 teams in the past, he has yet to earn a call-up with the England senior team. Shay Facey’s main position is right-back, but he is capable of producing good displays at centre-back as well. The player who has dual citizenship (England/Jamaica) wears the number 24 jersey at Walsall.
It has to be noted that he scored his first league goal during his spell at Northampton Town. Shay Facey found the net for the Cobblers in a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town on March 20, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Leyton Orient):
Leyton Orient are the League Two side that welcome their rivals at Brisbane Road. The stadium, which was built and opened in 1937, can hold up to 9,271 people. When playing at Brisbane Road, the O’s wear red shirts and red shorts, while the colour of their away kit is blue.
Southend United are regarded as the club’s main rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the A13 derby. Leyton Orient have the rivalries with the likes of West Ham United, Millwall, Brentford, Dag & Red, and Barnet as well. The O’s registered their biggest win on November 12, 1955 as they crushed Crystal Palace 8-0.
Speaking of the club’s heaviest defeat, Leyton Orient were beaten by Aston Villa 8-0 in the FA Cup round 4 on January 30, 1929. Leyton Orient have four London Challenge Cup trophies (1912, 1972, 1973, and 1993), with the team clinching the Dubonnet Cup title in 1911.