QPR - Wigan Preview: Redknapp eyeing 'great escape' against the experts
The Rs host Roberto Martinez's men at Loftus Road where they will be looking to bounce back from defeat to Fulham, while the Latics are out to extend their winning run
By Matt Hill
Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore
Remy, Taraabt, Townsend
Scharner, Alcaraz, Figueroa
Boyce, McCarthy, Gomez, Beausejour
Maloney, McManaman, Kone
QPR will be looking to bounce back from the disappointing 3-2 defeat at the hands of Fulham last Monday evening in the west London derby.
Despite their defensive frailties in the first half against the Cottagers, Redknapp's centre-back pairing of Samba and Hill is perceived as his strongest and they are likely to continue at the heart of the R's defence.
Andy Johnson could be fit after a knee injury and Redknapp may look to the England striker to take the weight off Bobby Zamora's shoulders, though it is more likely that he will take his place on the substitutes' bench.
Roberto Martinez' Wigan have no new injury concerns and are likely to remain unchanged for what would be the third consecutive game as they look to continue their three match winning streak.
A win for Wigan would see them edge that bit closer to Premier League safety and the Latics have a game in hand on their relegation rivals. Whilst defeat for QPR would all but condemn them to the Championship next season.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- QPR have had 21 shots in each of their last two Premier League games (Aston Villa and Fulham) but have lost both matches.
- All three penalties that QPR have taken so far this season have been saved.
- Clint Hill (pictured right) is the only player to be substituted at half time three times in the Premier League this season.
- Wigan's victory over Norwich last weekend was their seventh 1-0 win of the season.
- Arouna Kone is the Latics' top scorer with 10 goals in the Premier League so far this season.
- In 22 of the games Wigan have played so far this season, there have been over three goals.
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|England - Championship (ENG2)||30 Oct 2013||Wigan Athletic 0 - QPR 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||7 Apr 2013||QPR 1 - Wigan Athletic 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||8 Dec 2012||Wigan Athletic 2 - QPR 2|
|Premier League (EPL)||21 Jan 2012||QPR 3 - Wigan Athletic 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||27 Aug 2011||Wigan Athletic 2 - QPR 0|
|11 Mar 2014||Brighton & Hove Albion 2 - QPR 0||ENG2|
|8 Mar 2014||Birmingham City 0 - QPR 2||ENG2|
|1 Mar 2014||QPR 1 - Leeds 1||ENG2|
|22 Feb 2014||Charlton Athletic 1 - QPR 0||ENG2|
|16 Feb 2014||QPR 1 - Reading 3||ENG2|
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|26||Ali Al Habsi||Goalkeeper|
|9||Franco Di Santo||Striker|
The Congolese centre-back's shocking performance against Fulham last Monday drew criticism from fans and pundits and the powerful defender will have to bounce back and be in top form against Wigan's Arouna Kone.
The Ivorian striker has been in top form for the Latics in his debut Premier League season. The sole scorer in last week's 1-0 victory over Norwich, the 29-year-old has 10 league efforts to his name and will be looking to add to that tally against an out-of-form QPR.
The Rs are struggling defensively and a second-half rally against Fulham on Monday was too little too late for Harry Redknapp's men, which could be the story of their season. Roberto Martinez's Wigan side are the kings of Premier League survival and are in good form. In Jordi Gomez they have a player capable of unlocking defences and in Arouna Kone they have a top goal scorer.
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