This weekend in the Premier League
2. The battle against relegation
|AS IT STANDS
16. Aston Villa
And the Rs will be looking to show similar work ethic when they travel to a robust Everton side - though they must do so without striker Bobby Zamora, who starts the first of a three-match ban after being dismissed against the Latics.
Back-to-back wins over Southampton and Sunderland now seem a distant memory following a run of three defeats and the draw against Roberto Martinez's side.
Wigan, meanwhile, turn their attentions to the FA Cup and their semi-final date with Championship side Milwall at Wembley before a trip to face champions Manchester City on Wednesday, so Redknapp will be desperate close the gap in their absence.
|BET OF THE WEEKEND
|Jim Knight, Goal.com Betting Editor:
While QPR and Reading look doomed to playing Championship football next year, Aston Villa will be optimistic that they can haul themselves away from trouble after some impressive wins on the road recently.
Villa's main goal threat will be 18-goal hero Christian Benteke, who has scored in four of his last five games. BetVictor offer an industry-best price of 8/5 (2.60) on him scoring anytime against a Fulham side who are poor on their travels and have kept only two clean sheets in their last seven games away from Craven Cottage.
Unfortunately Akpan Hope has been ruled out of the game after failing to overcome an ankle injury and a return date for Jimmy Kebe remains unconfirmed.
Summer signing Pavel Pogrebnyak will be hoping to impress his new manager after a largely unconvincing debut season at the club, while Adam Le Fondre failed to raise any eyebrows when playing from the off against Southampton.
Aston Villa, however, appear to have hit form at the right time as a 3-1 win over Stoke has opened up two-point gap between themselves and the drop zone ... and Christian Benteke has been vital to his team's continuing battle for survival. A goal against Fulham will take his tally to 23 in all competitions - a stunning return for the 22-year-old in his debut season in English football.
Another win - their fourth in five games - will give Paul Lambert a whole new positive perspective on his team's prospects, one he certainly could not have imagined even a month ago.