Corr, what a couple of weeks. It’s not felt too great.

As you’ve no doubt guessed, I’ve come to the understanding that any assumptions we feel we can make about the Sky Blues this season, are a waste of time. Just when you think you’ve got them sussed, they’ll do something to trip you up. It all felt like it was coming together, but the form has slipped again.

Next up, following the demoralising defeat at the hands of Brentford on Tuesday night, we take on a Leyton Orient side who are having a similarly poor season.

How are they getting on?

Rather than guessing, I posed this very question to James Mealing from the marvellous Total Orient blog to gain some real insight. This is what he had to say about their campaign so far:

“Leyton Orient have made a slow start to the 2012/2013 season. An away win at Charlton on penalties in the first round of the Capital One Cup may have raised the expectations of some, but any early optimism was crushed in the League One opener against Tranmere, as this year’s surprise package claimed a comfortable 3-1 win. League defeats against Stevenage and Crawley followed, along with a 5-0 thrashing away at Everton in the second round of the League Cup. However, Orient ended Swindon’s long unbeaten record at the County Ground. This sparked a good spell of four games without defeat for the O’s, which included a 4-1 home win over Yeovil.

Since then we have struggled, losing five of our last seven league matches. The defeats have been bad enough, but our poor performances and style of play have left many Orient fans disillusioned. The manager Russell Slade has been criticised for being too negative in his approach (particularly away from home) and over the last few games we have been lucky to get a shot on target such is our lack of attacking threat. Sadly our problems are nothing new, this season has in many ways been a continuation of the poor football that almost got us relegated last season. To make matters worse, we may have a number of players missing for the game on Saturday.”

Ta to James for that. You can read more from him, and a few words from me on Coventry (to be published soon), on the Total Orient blog.

Who could cause us trouble?

They have a couple of former QPR midfielders in Lee Cook and Martin Rowlands who are no stranger to a higher level than this, with close to 400 appearances for Rangers between them. Seeing as both teams are lacking confidence at the moment, that experience could be crucial.

Aside from those names we know, young striker Ryan Brunt is having a relatively decent season up to now, with 3 goals in all competitions. Not great you may say, but he’s their top scorer (from 6 starts and 6 sub appearances), so is as likely to cause hassle as any other.

Sky Blues team news

The Carl Baker conundrum continues, and following his dropping from the starting line up against Brentford, he returned to the pitch in the second half, and actually put in a slightly improved performance to what we’ve been used to from him.

Nathan Cameron has taken a bit of a knock in training, so we’ll have to wait and see if he’s feeling any better come Saturday. Richard Wood is also taking regular wallops to that poor face of his, and I am concerned about what he’s going to do to himself if he carries on with it. He seems keen to show his bravery for the cause however. The mad bastard.

James Bailey missed out on the midweek defeat and was replaced by Jennings, but I reckon Robins is quite keen on his loan signing, so if he’s fit, I do think he’ll find a way of including him.

Chris Hussey found his way back into the team on the left side of midfield, shunting Fleck over to the right. He’s another one Robins needs to make a decision about, but he could get another shot, even though Markinho was incredulous with the team after the game. He may have seemed angry, but he seems like the kind of guy who likes to make his key decisions in the cold light of day.

Prediction

As annoying as we are, one thing we have to take into account is that Leyton Orient’s form is even worse than ours. They’ve lost four out of five, or five out of seven (depending on which one sounds worse, really). They’ve also only drawn once all year.

I think we might be even more confusing than usual and win this, just to piss everyone off even more with their wild inconsistency. 2-1 to us.

Image of Brisbane Road by Chris Eason

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