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  • 7 April 2013
  • • 16:10
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR
QPR
Julio Cesar

Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore
 Jenas, Mbia
Remy, Taraabt, Townsend
Zamora
WIGAN
  Wigan Athletic
Joel

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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Available Squads
1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
3Armand TraoréDefender
22Christopher SambaDefender
6Clint HillDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
8Jermaine JenasMidfielder
17Andros TownsendMidfielder
17Stéphane M'BiaMidfielder
11Loïc RemyStriker
23Junior HoilettStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
26Tal Ben HaimDefender
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
10Adel TaarabtMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
1JoelGoalkeeper
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
15Callum McManamanStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
-James McArthurMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
-Ángelo HenríquezStriker
Players to Watch
Christopher Samba
Christopher Samba
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Prediction
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.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 1
Wigan 2

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