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These two sides have proven difficult to separate thus far this term and our tipster cannot split them ahead of the play-off semi-final first leg tie at DW Stadium on Friday

Two teams relegated from the Premier League last season will be aiming to take a step closer to an immediate return to the top flight when Wigan take on QPR in the Championship play-off semi-final first leg on Friday.

Uwe Rosler’s side have home advantage for the first-leg tie and the Latics can be backed at 6/5 (2.20) with bet365 to grab the initiative by claiming victory at DW Stadium, while the 2013 FA Cup winners are chalked up at just 4/5 (1.80) with the same firm to advance to the play-off final at Wembley.

QPR are available at a chunky 23/10 (3.30) with bet365 to win Friday’s first leg tie while the same firm make Harry Redknapp’s side an even money (2.0) chance to qualify for the play-off final.

Draw backers may be tempted by the 23/10 (3.30) quote from bet365 for Friday’s tie to end in stalemate.

The two meetings between these sides thus far this term have been dour affairs, with Harry Redknapp’s side edging to a 1-0 victory over the Latics at Loftus Road in March while the last meeting between the clubs in Wigan ended in a goalless draw back in October.

With that in mind, it is somewhat unsurprising that the odds compilers are anticipating another tight encounter on Friday – with bet365 offering just 13/20 (1.65) on less than three goals being scored here.

QPR will be hoping that the return to fitness – and form – of key striker Charlie Austin will help to pave their way back into the Premier League and the former Burnley striker, who has notched 17 league goals in 31 appearances for Harry Redknapp’s side this term, is chalked up at a tempting 9/2 (5.50) with bet365 to break the deadlock against the Latics on Friday.

Uwe Rosler’s side, though, will take heart from the fact that QPR have lost no less than seven of their last 10 Championship matches on the road and have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 matches away from Loftus Road in all competitions.

However, Harry Redknapp’s side are capable of frustrating the Latics once again and the 23/10 (3.30) quote offered by bet365 for Friday’s first leg tie to end all square is the recommended play for punters here.

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