Premier League Preview: Wigan Athletic - QPR
After draws against Norwich and Swansea, the host side will be keen to seal all three points, but Rangers will be full of confidence after their victory over Everton.
By Alex Fisher
Stam, Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa
Moses, McCarthy, Watson, Jones, Gomez
Orr, Gabbidon, Connolly, Hall
Campbell, Taarabt, Smith
Antolin Alcaraz is ruled out for the Latics until October with a thigh strain and fellow defender Steve Gohouri is also unavailable with a calf injury. After signing new contracts this week midfielders Ben Watson and James McCarthy will be keen to push Wigan forward as the club looks for its first league win of the season.
Defender Clint Hill is suspended for Neil Warnock’s side, while forwards Rob Hulse and Jamie Mackie are both absent with injury. New signing Kieron Dyer is doubtful with the foot injury he picked up on the opening day of the season. Warnock may not have transfer targets Joey Barton, Scott Parker and Joe Cole signed up in time for this match.
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- Wigan and QPR have never met in the top flight before, and they have not played each other since 2005 when they battled to a 0-0 draw in the Championship.
- Wigan was handed a surprising start to the season, where it faces all three promoted sides in a row. So QPR will be the third promoted team the Latics have faced already having drawn against Norwich and Swansea.
- After an opening day mauling at the hands of Bolton, QPR recorded a 1-0 victory over Everton last weekend which was the club's first away win in the Premier League since 1995.
- If selected, Fitz Hall will be lining up against his former club, having represented Wigan in the Premier League between 2006 and 2008.
- QPR can take confidence from the fact that Wigan only recorded five victories at home last season, and the club averaged just over one goal per game.
- QPR had plenty of success on its travels in the Championship last season, chalking up 10 victories away from Loftus Road.
- And Rangers will not be worried about making the journey to the north-west, having lost just one of their fixtures against a side from the region last season. That defeat was against Blackburn in the FA Cup third round, but in the league they were unbeaten against Burnley and Preston, recording one win and three draws.
- New QPR owner Tony Fernandes is backing manager Neil Warnock with funds with just a few days left to go in the transfer window. The Malay businessman bought control of the club from Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone just after the start of the season and is already supporting his manager with bids for Joey Barton, Joe Cole and Scott Parker.
Top 3 Predictions
Wigan Athletic 1-1 QPR
- 27.81 %
Wigan Athletic 1-0 QPR
- 18.05 %
Wigan Athletic 1-2 QPR
- 8.78 %
|England - Championship (ENG2)||Mar 25, 2014||QPR 1 - Wigan Athletic 0|
|England - Championship (ENG2)||Oct 30, 2013||Wigan Athletic 0 - QPR 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 7, 2013||QPR 1 - Wigan Athletic 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Dec 8, 2012||Wigan Athletic 2 - QPR 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 21, 2012||QPR 3 - Wigan Athletic 1|
|Apr 12, 2014||Wigan Athletic 1 - Arsenal 1||FA|
|Apr 8, 2014||Wigan Athletic 0 - Millwall 1||ENG2|
|Apr 5, 2014||Wigan Athletic 1 - Leeds 0||ENG2|
|Apr 1, 2014||Wigan Athletic 2 - Leicester 2||ENG2|
|Mar 29, 2014||Bolton 1 - Wigan Athletic 1||ENG2|
|26||Ali Al Habsi||Goalkeeper|
|9||Franco Di Santo||Striker|
|15||Bruno Caldini Perone||Defender|
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