The visitors look way too short so get on Hartlepool to bag three points on Saturday.
Hartlepool v Leyton Orient - Saturday 15:00
Leyton Orient have netted just two goals in their last seven matches, both of them consolation strikes when they were already trailing by two goals, and the layers appear to be having a laugh with general 6/4 quotes about the away win at Victoria Park. Take the 15/8 about the home win and back it up with a bet on Hartlepool to post a routine 2-0 correct score at 15/1.
The O’s were among the market leaders for promotion at the start of the season and a couple of improved performances against Luton and Portsmouth under new management might suggest a corner is about to be turned. But motivation is easy to come by as underdogs against the heavyweights on home soil. Let’s how much they fancy a game where the windswept Teesside coast.
Hartlepool have got their act together since their humilating 6-1 defeat at Stevenage in early September, their shot ratio rising five points to nearly 46 per cent despite five of their last seven opponents boasting a positive supremacy. And that’s a category in which Orient no longer belong. There’s undoubted quality in their ranks but the attitude isn’t up to scratch.
Since the O’s last scored a meaningful goal, Pools have held Mansfield, Plymouth and Luton before putting Grimsby to the sword with a resounding 3-0 win at Blundell Park, while last weekend’s effort in the 3-2 defeat at unbeaten Carlisle deserved at least a point. Having toyed with various formations, Craig Hignett has settled on a 4-3-3 and appears to have struck the right balance.