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  • April 7, 2013
  • • 11:10 AM
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 16658
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Premier League Preview: Queens Park Rangers - Wigan

The Rs host Roberto Martinez's men in a relegation battle at Loftus Road, with Harry Redknapp's side looking to close the gap on the Latics, who sit just above the drop zone.

  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 in the West London derby.

Despite his team's defensive frailties in the first half against the Cottagers, Redknapp's center back pairing of Christopher Samba and Clint Hill is perceived as his strongest, and they are likely to continue at the heart of the R's defense.

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 has no new injury concerns and is likely to remain unchanged for what would be the third consecutive game as it looks to add to its three-match winning streak.

A win for Wigan would see the Latics edge that bit closer to Premier League safety, as they have a game in hand on their relegation rivals. Defeat for QPR, meanwhile, would all but condemn them to the Championship next season.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • QPR has had 21 shots in each of its last two Premier League games (Aston Villa and Fulham), but has lost both matches.
  • All three penalties that QPR has taken so far this season have been saved.
  • Clint Hill (pictured right) is the only player to be substituted at halftime three times in the Premier League this season.
  • Wigan's victory over Norwich last weekend was its 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 has played so far this season, there have been more than three goals scored.

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Available Squads
30Julio 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
7Adel 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
16James McArthurMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
21Ángelo HenríquezStriker

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