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  • 21 January 2012
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  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
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QPR - Wigan Athletic Preview: Mark Hughes' men looking for first win in ten

The Premier League's two lowest scoring teams lock horns with Mark Hughes determined to find his first victory as Ranger boss, while the Latics search for a first win in six games


PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Kenny
Young, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Hill
Wright-Phillips, Derry, Barton, Mackie
Bothroyd, Helguson

WIGAN ATHLETIC
 
Al-Habsi
Stam, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa
Moses, McCarthy, McArthur, Crusat, Gomez
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Rodallega
Mark Hughes is set to take charge of his first home game for QPR on Saturday, having lost 1-0 away to Newcastle United last weekend. Hughes will be able to call upon the services of his captain Joey Barton again after the midfielder was suspended for the Sports Direct Arena clash.

The hosts will be without Armand Traore and Adel Taraabt as the duo are away on international duty, while Alejandro Faurlin has been ruled out for the season after damaging his cruciate ligaments.

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez will be able to call on a fully fit squad apart from long-term absentee Chris Kirkland. Dutch full-back Patrick van Aanholt has finished his unsuccessful loan spell at the club from Chelsea, while Mohamed Diame is away on international duty until at least the end of February.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Defeat last weekend to Newcastle means QPR have lost seven of their last nine games in the Premier League.
  • This run means that the hosts have gone without a win for nearly two months, with their last three-point outing coming in the form of a victory over Stoke City back in November.
  • Throughout former boss Neil Warnock’s reign, QPR were out of the relegation zone, but following Mark Hughes’ first game defeat last week, the Hoops have slipped into the bottom three.
  • Rangers have the second worst home record in the Premier League, having secured just one win all season – against a nine-man Chelsea. Only Bolton Wanderers have had worse results in their own backyard.
  • Only Fulham have scored less goals away from home in the Premier League this season than Wigan Athletic, who have hit the net just eight times.
  • Roberto Martinez's side have not won in six games in the Premier League since their 2-1 victory over West Brom on December 10.
  • Wigan and Rangers are the two lowest scoring teams in the Premier League, with 18 & 19 goals respectively.

 

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Available Squads
1Paddy KennyGoalkeeper
6Clint HillDefender
-Fitz HallDefender
18Luke YoungDefender
-Anton FerdinandDefender
14A. BuzsakyMidfielder
17Joey BartonMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
9DJ CampbellStriker
12Jamie MackieStriker
9Heidar HelgussonStriker
24Radek CernyGoalkeeper
16Bradley OrrDefender
22Peter RamageDefender
9Jay BothroydStriker
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
14Tommy SmithStriker
27Federico MachedaStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
2S. GohouriDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
-James McArthurMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
-Ronnie StamDefender
26Adrain LopezDefender
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
15Callum McManamanStriker
18Conor SammonStriker
Players to Watch
Heiðar Helguson
Heiðar Helguson
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Heidar Helguson has surprised everyone this season with the goals he has produced for QPR. He is the team’s leading scorer with seven strikes. The next best scorer has only two goals and this goes to show how important the striker has become for the home side.
Victor Moses
Victor Moses
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
Victor Moses has been Wigan’s most consistent performer this season, but one might tend to think that he has not been very lucky. Even so, the last few weeks have seen a change in his end product. The winger has been an integral part of the club’s recent good results against Liverpool and Chelsea.
Prediction
QPR’s much improved display under Mark Hughes last weekend showed that the team has every chance of staying up this season. Surely the team cannot continue to create so many chances without scoring. So it would be prudent to back Hughes to get QPR their second win of the season at Loftus Road on Saturday.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 2
Wigan 0

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