AFC Fylde are all set to take on Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy final at the Wembley on Sunday.
The Coasters will look to put the disappointment of losing the National League Play-Offs Final to Salford City behind them and win the coveted trophy. Dave Challinor’s side had a good league season, finishing 5th in the table.
Their FA Trophy run was even better, which included big wins against Stratford Town and Ramsbottom United in the earlier rounds. They overcame Barnet on penalties before winning the two-legged semifinals against Stockport County 3-2 in dramatic fashion.Embed from Getty Images
This is Fylde’s third appearance at Wembley, with the most recent one resulting in a National League Play-Offs Final loss to Salford City last weekend.
Coming to their opponents, Leyton Orient will be looking to finish their fantastic season on a high. Justin Edinburgh’s side won the National League with a 3-point lead over 2nd-placed Solihull Moors and will compete in the English Football Championship League Two next season.
Adding to their league success, the O’s had a great run in the FA Trophy, with four clean sheets out of their six games in the tournament. They won both their matches in the two-legged semifinals against AFC Telford United and will be slight favorites in the final as well.Embed from Getty Images
However, their previous visit to the Wembley in 2014 did not turn out so well. The second-oldest club in London lost to Rotherham United on penalties in the League One play-off final, and they will be looking to rectify that.
Coming to team news, both Challinor and Edinburgh are expected to have fully-fit squads giving them the perfect chance to win the final.
AFC Fylde vs Leyton Orient Prediction
Fylde have lost 2 of their last six games across all competitions, winning the remaining 4 of them. Meanwhile, the O’s are unbeaten in their previous six games, with three wins and 3 draws apiece.
These two sides have met four times so far, with Fylde winning the first matchup between the duo back in 2017. However, Leyton Orient have picked up wins in the last three games, scoring six goals and shutting out the Coasters twice.
This includes the dress rehearsal which took place in March, right after both teams booked their spots in the final. Edinburgh’s side won 2-0 that day and will look to repeat the performance on Sunday.
Thus, the O’s are favorites to win the FA Trophy. However, Fylde will be motivated to bounce back from the previous result, making the tie slightly even.
AFC Fylde Predicted XI: Lynch, Francis-Angol, Byrne, Rowe, Bond, Tunnicliffe, Croasdale, Philliskirk, Burke, Bradley, Reid
Leyton Orient Predicted XI: Brill, Turley, Ekpiteta, McAnuff, Happe, Coulson, Widdowson, Clay, Brophy, Koroma, Bonne