Wolves Vs Leyton Orient Preview

It’s funny how things work out.


After going stride for stride for over four and a half months, League One’s top two, separated only by goal difference, now finally lock horns having played every other team in the division.

What a picture perfect way to bring down the curtain on the first half of the season in front of a packed out Molineux.

Leyton Orient

Orient have been the league’s outstanding side so far and deservedly go into this match at the very top of the ladder.

As an outsider looking in, they appear to have accumulated their 47 points more comfortably than Wolves.

The O’s have netted 47 goals, which is a strike rate of more than two a game. No secret then to where their strength lies.

David Mooney and Kevin Lisbie have shared 23 of those goals, so it promises to be a tough afternoon for our back four still protecting the league’s best defensive record.

Like Wolves, Orient’s form has been patchy of late with only one win in their last five. It also took a late turnaround at Gillingham on Boxing Day to get that crucial victory.

Russel Slade’s team have the best away record in the league with 8 wins from their 12 games and just one defeat. They’ve also netted a staggering 27 goals on their travels.


I’ll be very disappointed if we see the same starting XI that just about dispatched Crewe. This would be my team without question:

Wolves team for Orient

That team (with the exception of Doherty) is the best blend of experience, ability, defensive prowess and attacking menace KJ has at his disposal.

I would always back that side to prevail, even against Orient. However, it might be that Kenny has something specific in mind for our illustrious opponents.

The odds

The bookies have Wolves as favourites to win this one at 21/20. Orient are 14/5 and the draw is 13/5.

O’s midfielder Dean Cox is generous odds for first goalscorer at 14/1. He already has 10 strikes to his name this season.

Leigh Griffiths has found the goals harder to come by of late, but he’s still considered the most likely first scorer at 15/4.

All odds can be found here.


Most people correctly thought we’d beat Crewe, so well done to all (53) of you. 15 also got the scoreline spot on to double up.

With practically identical records up to this point, a draw seems the most likely conclusion. But we haven’t beaten any teams inside the current top six and that has to change.

I’m therefore adding a dash of bias and a sprinkle of optimism in the hope of our best performance of the season to date.

Don’t let me down lads – 3-1

Up The Wolves!


  1. Tettenhall Wolf says:

    Sorry to be negative but I think we’re in for a real trouncing here.

    Wolves 0-3 Leyton Orient


    • 6 minutes for Cassidy ( Paul Featherstone) says:

      We are if we sit back and play 1 up front and envite them on to us. For the life of me I can never understand why anyone would play that system especially the home team we are not playing Milan in Milan looking to get a point to qualify for the knock out stages of the Champions League Kenny we are at home in a league one fixture ok so we are playing the top team so what they will still be the top team if go all defensive and crawl into our shell poping out every now and then to get our heads blown off. Be more positive, be bold fight fire with fire don’t cower away. We have seen it all before Kenny, Mick tryed it Dean tryed it and it ended in league one and that’s why your in the hot seat learn from history don’t make the same mistakes as your predecessors. 4 4 2 we will win 2.1, 4 5 1 and we will get hammered 0.4.


  2. Elliot says:


    Leyton Orient fan here.

    I really don’t know where to stand on this one, Wolves on paper are the better side and should win, but so were Peterborough when we played them and we crushed them 3-1. Orient also always seem to play well against the bigger, better teams and typically worse against lower ranked sides.

    I’m still going to go with a Wolves win, but I mightily hope it isn’t the case!

    Wolves 2-1 Orient.

    Great article and blog!
    Up the O’s!

    PS: I have made a promo for the match.


    • Thomas says:

      Cheers for the away view Elliot 🙂

      Games (and leagues for that matter) aren’t won on paper. There are some of our own supporters that need reminding about that.

      Yes, I think Wolves have the better individuals, but I reckon the O’s have a more cohesive team.

      Orient also have a couple of strikers that have been scoring goals from everywhere. And that is where I think this game will be won and lost.

      I watched the highlights from your win at Peterborough and the finishing was top class. You’ll create the chances tomorrow, it’s just a matter of whether or not you take them.

      If KJ picks the team I’m hoping for and the game is fairly open, I think we’ll score a few.

      It promises to be a humdinger.

      Nice video btw mate 🙂


  3. As an Os fan this is a good read. From our point of view we are likely to be without Mooney and gk Jamie Jones is out so have an inexperienced but excellent lad between the sticks. I think we will come there and get a draw though but not sure that will benefit either team as i think Brentford will beat MK Franchise. All the bst for the season and i hope we will both be celebrating promotion come May. Prediction 1-1.


  4. Chris in Dublin says:

    I think neither side will want to lose this and it will show. A drab and disappointing 0-0 draw for my money.


  5. Edwards ahead of Price Thomas, seriously?! Even forgetting that Price was MOTM against Crewe (officially and from a majority of fans) Edwards offers noting other than aimless running.

    I see us going 4231, with Jacobs behind the forward and Sako and Henry out wide. Price and K-Mac in the middle of midfield.

    Hopefully Doherty is fit, we’ve missed him.

    4-1 Wolves


    • Thomas says:

      One thing I don’t want to see against prolific opposition is a midfield that’s wide open.

      Edwards and McDonald is the only two man partnership I’ve yet to see close the door. OK, Price might have more quality than Edwards, but I’ll plump for workrate in the engine room and quality from the likes of Sako, Henry, Griff, etc.

      On a side note, Price has done alright in my opinion – nothing more. Seems to have built a reputation based on a few slightly above average performances. I see potential, but don’t get the hype yet. Don’t consider him any better than Evans from what I’ve seen thus far.


      • I can understand not wanting the midfield to be wide open, but Edwards has a tendency to go missing for half an hour frequently. He isn’t the most disciplined, nor is he the best tackler. Add in the fact that the five games he’s played centre midfield in a 442 we’ve won one of them, I’d rather price and McDonald, who are also more likely to keep the ball too.

        From what I’ve seen of a Price(not a great deal admittedly), he has excellent technique, can move the ball quickly and is happy to receive the ball under pressure. I think he will start tomorrow and am looking forward to seeing more of him


  6. Matt Nash says:

    As an Orient fan I confidently expect a Wolves victory for 3 reasons:

    1) 5 Orient players scored 50 goals between them by the end of November (36 from Mooney, Lisbie & Batt). Either all 3 look likely to be missing or 2 plus a barely fit Lisbie.
    2) Wolves had a chance to rest key players on Boxing Day. O’s squad looking tired and in need of reinforcements.
    3) Games against Wolves have perhaps been bigger for the other club, this is also a big game for Wolves.

    Prediction 3-1


  7. Price the first name on my team sheet Thomas! You’d seriously prefer Edwards?! Maybe it’s the festive ales but I agree with Louie. There. I’ve said it!


    • Thomas says:

      Work rate over (potential) quality in the engine room. See my comments on Price in reply to young Louie.

      I just think in a 442, we might get overrun with Price in there. McDonald and Edwards were pretty solid against Brentford.

      Keep it nice and tight in there and let the Sak man, Henry and Griffo do the damage.


    • Get out of here! I don’t like this one bit 😀


  8. robc306 says:

    Biggest crowd in Molineux for 32 years.

    Fans doing their bit, so hope the team can step- up and put in a performance to get the place rocking.

    Orient won’t know what’s hit them, if they do.

    Expect a tight game, with goals.

    Wolves 2 Orient 2


  9. johnhpayne says:

    Let’s hope Griffiths will be playing 90 mins – he’ll find goals easier to come by that way. I expect Edwards will be starting – Jackett seems to like him too. But with Doyle and Sako back, I’ll go for a super performance that shows them at their best, a good win that’ll take us to the top.

    Wolves 3 O’s 0


  10. Wight wolf says:

    Put me in the Price over Edwards camp and I can see a tight 3-2 victory and a great end to the year.


  11. mick the wolf says:

    Talks of a 27,000 crowd tomorrow, amazing for the 3rd division doubt our prem friends down the road have matched that this season.
    The other thing i find amazing is our points total because i don’t believe we have been that good for a few months. But to be top we need to beat those around us a draw is only good for Brentford so we need goals griffiths must start so will need doyle because he can’t hold the ball up himself.. Then there’s Sako the game changer who has’nt changed a game for ages is he just waiting for a january move if not now is the time. I like Price and depite being man of the match was often the wrong side of the ball giving Crewe to much space , we need to be tight in this one . I’m hopeing and going for a nervy 2-1 wolves win.


  12. BobbaWolf says:

    Tight 1-0 win to the Wolves.

    Gutted I won’t be there tomorrow, should be a cracking atmosphere.


  13. Border Wolf says:

    Difficult one to predict, common sense is saying go for a draw but we need the 3 points. I think Orient will put up a good fight but with home crowd backing we should do it.

    Wolves 2 – 1 Orient

    I’ll go with Price over Edwards by the way!



  14. Twixfix says:

    This game will pan out to be a real toughie. I don’t think Golbourne will be fit for tomorrow so I expect Ebanks.L.B to be in at right back. I think KJ will also go with the experience of Edwards in midfield. As for the game I think Wolves will just have enough to scrape home with a 2-1 win. Should be a cracker. I want Wolves to prove to me that they have the desire to get to the 50 point mark before the O’ s. Tomorrow is the day!!


  15. US Wolf says:

    Going top ay we. Nothing else will do, Kenny will make sure of that.
    It’s a dousie,
    Wolves 3, O’s 1


  16. JazzWolf says:

    Can’t see it being light on goals, let’s hope G’s against Crewe was the first of a flurry – I’m going Wolves 4 Orient 3.


  17. Dave H says:

    Massive game, cant wait; if KJ picks the team he should and they play to their potential

    Wolves to win 2-1

    Edwards would get my vote for this game over Price, due to his experience and the magnitude of the game;



  18. whitestone wolf says:

    Like most, unsure and slightly concerned as to which team will turn out. It needs to be similar to the one Thomas suggests to have a chance but not sure it will be

    Wolves 1 – 2 Leyton Orient


  19. Steve Howl says:

    All set up to be a thriller, so Wolves 0 Orient 0.


  20. trenchmanmick says:

    I smell a draw here but I’ll stick my neck out and predict a home win!

    Wolves 2 Orient 1


  21. Fatjack says:

    Edwards in a 442 is never a good idea Thomas, he simply doesn’t influence a game enough for a CM. For me Price looks the best combination with MacDonald and was indeed prior to his head/eye injury. Still think KJ will agree with you though, having said that i was pleasantly surprised he hooked him and not Price on Boxing Day.


  22. Can’t wait. Am back for Christmas and it is going to be my first trip to The Mol for a couple of seasons. I’m even bringing my girlfriend to see her first ever football match. It doesn’t get much more romantic.

    With all this in mind, it’ll probably be a bore-draw. However, I’m going to be bold and predict a 2-1 win that ends with our backs to the wall.



  23. woodywolf says:

    Wolves 1 Orient 3. The O’s have it, the O’s have it!


  24. 2-1 to WWFC the O’s have peaked and we havent got out of 2nd gear yet. Dont think they will go up. If Morgan backs kenny in Jan we should finish top.


  25. Ps who the fuck is woodywolf.


  26. Predictor says:

    Most likely a draw?

    Wolves 1 – 1 Orient


  27. Wolves 4 Orient 2
    A farewell brace for Sako?
    A duo for Griffiths?
    Will we be able to resist a Premiership offer for Hennessey?
    Sounds as if the ‘Mol’ will be rocking, like an old Led Zeppelin,
    And Scrooge Morgan counting the coffers;
    But may it be a just a stair, on our way to Premiership heaven…


  28. vicsmith says:

    Last time I picked with my head not my heart and did not do well. So let’s get back to sheer optimism and forget what I really think!! Wolves win 3-1 .


  29. Peakwolf says:

    Great to read the contributions of O’s fans. I was thinking a draw, but what they say, plus the big crowd, edges me towards Wolves 2 Orient 1.


  30. Golden Wolfie says:

    For me:
    Starting XI:
    Ricketts Batth Ebanks-Landell Golbourne
    Sako McDonald Davis Jacobs

    Subs: Hennessey, Stearman, Edwards, Evans, Price, Ismail, Cassidy ( I know no Sigurdarson or Doyle. But neither had played well and atleast Cassidy showed some signs against Crewe. He got a lot of stick but he got involved to say the least ).

    I stick with my 3-2 call. Two great sides who’ll go all out for goals. Undoubtedly both our weak points are our defenses. Both home advantage and a recent burst of confidence will get us over the line… just!


  31. Real opportunity for both teams to put the icing on first half of the season and become favourite to win the league… Suspect it will be a “feeling each other out” type game, so
    Wolves 1 – Orient 1.


  32. Griffiths has to start and I wouldn’t mind seeing Price take Edwards’ place. I fancy us to win 2-1. UTW.


  33. AJ Wolf says:

    Wolves 2 – 1 Orient for me please


  34. hudds wolf says:

    wolves 3-2 o’s


  35. Sleachy says:

    Been getting really nervous about this one.

    Hope we deliver a champion’s performance, sing the roof off and knock the wind from the cockneys sails.

    Suspect we’ll draw 2-2, and Brentforf will win for the 6th time in a row and sit deservedly at the top based on recent form.

    Hopeful that January will see us buy the players to help us pull away.



  36. GoWolves says:

    Wolves 1 – 1 orient


  37. Ade In China says:

    By no means will this be an easy game, but it WILL be exciting to see if we are seriously deserving of winning the division!
    Wolves have turned the corner a bit performance-wise recently, so I’m going to be optimistic and go for my trusty 2-1 win to wolves!


  38. Wolves 2-1 Orient
    Sako double!


  39. Clive from Houston says:

    If this game don’t get us an extra man from crowd support, then we don’t deserve to beat them.
    I will be singing at the computer all match long, driving the dogs and the missus crazy.
    Whoever reads this blog before the match, give them a scream from Houston for me, and I predict a very tight match, fraught with scary moments and Wolves to edge it 5 – 1.
    ps don’t shout at me, but I sat and watched the shit this morning, and they really lived up to their name!
    Certanties for the drop!
    Fuck Off w…b…


  40. Martin says:

    A fairly acceptable 2-2 draw.


  41. japan wolf says:

    Should be a great atmosphere; think we’ll edge it but should be tough


    Wolves 1-0 Orient


  42. Steve showcase says:

    This will be all KJ …tactics and end result..Sako please play well and Griffith’s to score 2 …2-1 to Wolves..expect a penalty..


  43. timberwolf says:

    This will be the game that confirms Wolves have been flattering to deceive all season.

    A score draw, if we’re lucky.


  44. London wolves loyal says:

    I thought that Elliot s promo was pretty cool , I also sort of agree with Clive , that big molineux crowd can change games ,although ,we all know it can also give give our boys the jitters , I’m optimistic for different reasons . I think it’s a Griffith s day . I watched him at every opertunity last season unable to believe he was a wolves player who had no part in a team that could not buy a goal . The way he rose to some of his bigger games was incredible , some times it seemed as though he was playing single handed . I ve got a feeling we ll see that player today . u t w .. Fowb .


  45. Danny Velinski says:

    Could be anything from 0 0 to 33 but am going for
    Wolves 3 Orient 2


  46. pattaya wolf says:

    Seasons Greeting to everyone. Nice to see some O fans on here. Going for 2-2 thnking will be open game with both teams looking to win. Just a few extra facts from soccerstats.com Wolverhampton have scored the opening goal in 73% of their matches.
    Leyton Orient have won 67% of their away matches. Leyton Orient conceded at least one goal in each of their last 8 matches. Leyton Orient scored at least one goal in 100% of their away matches. Leyton Orient have been undefeated in their last 5 away matches. Leyton Orient scored at least one goal in each of their last 12 away matches. Will be listening to Planet Rock to relax and getting the updates from scoreflash. Good luck to bothe teams for the rest of the season.


  47. Steppenwolfe says:

    No idea how this will go – depends on which team he picks, how much he tinkers. I’d go for the same team as Thomas. If it’s much different can see us going down.
    Wolves 1 Orient 2


  48. Another Orient fan here….. Great site, and really good comments by everyone. On the match, I am not sure what to expect. Wolves are clearly the much stronger team and squad, and as a result you would expect Wolves to win. However, we generally play much better against better teams, which in this league Wolves clearly are, so we may have a chance. Having said that, we have a wafer thin squad, and whilst our first 14 would be a match for anyone, we have a number of injuries and suspensions, so it largely depends on whether those that come in have what it takes too. On another Orient site I have predicted a 3-1 victory for Orient, but that is largely because I never predict a loss and rarely a draw. If my head was to rule my heart, I think it will be decided by which team decides to turn up on the day, and wants it most.
    A good friend of mine is a Wolves supporter, and he reckons that This season Wolves have been solid, but maybe a bit uninspiring? So, I’m not sure quite what to make of it all. I guess the head says a Wolves victory, probably 3-1, but I’m hoping for the reverse!


  49. Mark Davies says:

    You could say this is a bang on one all draw, but we need to go for it, and its going to be the best defence against the highest scoring attack. Hoping for a cracking atmosphere and game so why not a 2-0 win to our gold and black heroes.


  50. Sheffieldwolf says:

    Went with relentless optimism last time. This time I’m a bit more realistic and I think all things considered a draw would be a decent result 2-2.

    That said I think we’ve got enough in our tank to win this one it’s whether we can put in the performance across the pitch to deserve it.


  51. Sutton wolf says:

    I’ll be there today like all wolves fans hoping for a win, I’ll go for a 2-1 win to wolves


  52. Tony E says:

    Looking forward to this one. Let’s hope it lives up to everyone’s expectation. Wolves to win 2-1.


  53. theDOOGooder says:

    Griffiths and Sako HAVE to start!
    Our two big match players and, potentially, big match winners.
    I wish I was going to be there.
    I think we Wolves fans deserve a performance and I think we’ll get one today.

    3-1 to the men in old gold.


  54. dorsetwolf says:

    Just want the points,1-0 to Wolves.A penalty will do.

    COME ON YOU WOLVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  55. Sg wolf says:

    Massive game for both teams. Going for an optimistic scrappy winner 3-2 to wolves!


  56. ferris says:

    Wolves 0 Leighton Orient 2. Disappointing result. Hope not but think its going to be a bad day


  57. Erick1011 says:

    2-1 win for Wolves!!!


  58. Wolfman Steve says:

    They’ve got the best goal scoring record, we’ve got the best defensive record but I think they will score. I’m backing Griffiths to properly get back into the goals so 3-2 to the Wolves. Nervously looking forward to going to this one. Come on me babbies!!


  59. Telford Wolf says:

    I’m going to stick my neck out and like Ade, revert back to my trusted 2-1 win for us.

    Think I’ll be happy with a point tbh, but think we might just edge it. But then again, thought we’d have scored a hatful against Crewe.

    Yes, time to stop typing before I change my mind, 2 – 1 victory to us!!!!


  60. Sarkwolf says:

    Great coments from all. But we seem to forget that we have Henry and Jacobs to let loose today, along with Macdonald Sako Doyle and Griffiths I can see Wolves like many others winning 2.1 or even 3.1 but we have to start with the strongest up front line . Kenny J seems to have this thing re. Cassidy hovering in his mind, not a good idea Kenny Let’s face it ….. If he hasn’t / couldn’t score in the last 18 games he aint going to score in this one. It will be a great game!!!!! UTW…….


  61. Stourbridge Wolf says:

    Please don’t let us down today lads -I fancy a comfy two nil victory!

    Good to be back on here Ben – change of jobs so back in a 3G area! Been under the cloud of double relegation – but slowly being pulled back in! Nice to see many of the old faces still remain.


  62. sevlow says:

    Ricketts at left back, Stearman at right back and Ebanks-Landell in the middle with Batth.
    Rest of the team looks right to me.
    Orient are a tough team to beat, score goals and concede few. I am looking at Sako to be on his game today, if he is we will win, if not then I can see it being a draw.

    Tough to call but I am going 2-1 to Wolves (Sako, Henry)



  63. Number 9 says:

    I’m on the price bandwagon. His touch is class therefore IMO he’s a better player, but doesn’t run around tackling like Edwards does/attempts. i’m praying/predicting a tight 2-1 wolves win.


  64. thehistorymakers says:

    Wolverhampton wanderers , the true history makers.

    The old gold lives on!!!!!!


  65. Careful deliberation and analysis for this match is out. It’s the Wolves after all.
    The only way is to remain positive.
    Wolves 3 Leyton Orient 1.


  66. Steve L Biles says:

    Wolves 3 Orient 2

    Last gasp winner



  67. GeorgeyBoy says:

    3-0 to the Wolves please Thomas. Feeling weirdly good about this. Would think about playing Jacobs or Price also. UTW


  68. sevlow says:

    TEAMSWOLVES: Ikeme, Ebanks-Landell, Batth, Stearman, Ricketts, McDonald, Price, Henry, Jacobs, Sako, Cassidy. SUBS: Hennessey, Golbourne, Evans, Edwards, Bancessi, Doyle, Griffiths.


  69. robertsbridgewolf says:

    Nearly left this too late . Blue skies , big crowd . Orient returning a large number of tickets …that leaves me with changing my negative thoughts into positive ones

    Wolves 4 Orient 2 A thriller !!


  70. westozwolf says:

    Bloody hell!!!Has all this west australian sun and white wine gone to my head or are we actually one up on orient at half time…Come on the mighty wolves!


  71. Wolves4ever says:

    Just seen team. Wow! KJ has a big pair of bollocks. Come on!


  72. Steve Howl says:

    Third in the league is a disappointing way to end the year, but it’s going better than I expected. Some fans were baying for Cassidy to be brought back last year, now he’s the fall guy. Can’t understand what Jackett is doing with Griffiths and Sako should be having Os for breakfast!


  73. Sheffieldwolf says:

    I’m suspicious with the way that jackett is using sako and griffiths. R they on their way in January? Jez squeezing the pennies again?


  74. johnhpayne says:

    Jackett let down a loyal record crowd; evreyone near me disappointed to find Cassidy starting and he did nothing to change our minds. Feels like we lost, as it was ours to win in the first half. Edwards didn’t improve things when he came on; Griffiths and Doyle came on too late.
    Ebanks-Landell did well though.
    Looks like we’ be hoping that Brentford slip up once or twice, while we try to keep in touch. MUST hammer Tranmere and Gillingham next two matches.


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