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MATCH PREVIEW: QPR V WIGAN ATHLETIC

20 February 2017

Team news, facts and figures, head-to-head and ticket details ahead of the trip to face Ian Holloway's side.

  • Wigan Athletic v QPR match preview.
  • Latics manager Warren Joyce: “Let’s be hard to beat first and foremost.”
  • Latics look to make it two away wins in a row on the road.
QPR v. WIGAN ATHLETIC 
LOFTUS ROAD
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
TUESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2017
KICK-OFF 7.45pm 

TICKETS: Supporters can now pay cash on the turnstiles, read
WARREN JOYCE: The manager’s thoughts prior to the game, here
AWAY INFO: All you need to know if you’re travelling to London here
MR GREEN: All the latest odds with the club’s new betting partner, here

PREVIEW
Another huge game for Latics, who will be looking to extend their mini-unbeaten run to three games after an improved run of form of late that puts us 12th in the Sky Bet Championship form table – as opposed to QPR’s 18th. 

Returning QPR manager Ian Holloway, who sat back in the Rangers hot-seat in November after an 11-year absence, has seen the side struggle for consistency since he’s been back, unlike Latics who have become a really tough nut for Championship sides to crack.  

This is a really difficult one to predict, although if it’s anything like recent Latics matches, it’s going to be tight….how dearly Joyce and his boys would love to make the long journey back up North with something to show for their efforts.


Ian Holloway, experience

TEAM NEWS
Warren Joyce revealed that Michael Jacobs would definitely be missing with his hamstring strain while there will be late tests for Shaun MacDonald and Max Power, who both came off the field early against Preston. Matt Gilks will continue in goal with Jakob Haugaard side-lined. Deadline day signings Josh Laurent and Mikael Mandron have both featured in matchday squads but have yet to make their debuts.

For QPR, defender Jack Robinson returned from a long-term knee injury to feature for the Under 23s today (Monday) so is still not ready for a first team return. Another to probably not feature will be Ravel Morrison who spent some time training with Latics last month but has played just 12 minutes since signing for Rangers on deadline day. 

SEASON SO FAR
It’s fair to say it’s been a topsy turvy old season for QPR. Expectations were high in August that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink could lead the team back into promotion contention but, after a very patchy early autumn, the Dutchman was dismissed, with the side in 16th place, six points above the drop zone. 

Former manager Holloway took over and almost three months later they are in … 16th place, seven points above the relegation places. Holloway started with a flourish by beating promotion contenders Norwich City 2-1, but six consecutive defeats had the alarm bells ringing at Loftus Road, until the side beat Wolves away and the ship was steadied. Since then the form has been erratic, last Saturday’s impressive victory at Birmingham came on the back of two consecutive defeats.

CURRENT SQUAD, 2016-17 LEADING LEAGUE GOALSCORERS

7, Idrissa Sylla
5, Conor Washington
4, Tjaronn Chery
4, Sebastian Polter
3, Matt Smith (2 for Fulham)

HEAD-TO-HEAD 
This is only the 7th season the sides have ever been in the same division and so far, in terms of regular league games, history is not with us. In fact, we have only ever beaten Rangers on two occasions, at the DW in the Premier League in August 2011 (by two Franco Di Santo goals to nil) and at Loftus Road in March 2003, by a Nathan Ellington goal to nil. 

Perch, how things might have been different had we held on in 2014.

There have been six draws in total, and five QPR victories, so not really a happy hunting ground. Since that 2003 victory, our six visits to Loftus Road have yielded two draws and four defeats, arguably the most painful of those being the Play-Off Second Leg in May 2014, when Rangers came from behind to cancel out the lead given to us in the game by James Perch – now a QPR player of course.

SOME WHO HAVE PLAYED FOR BOTH CLUBS…
Not a huge amount of connections between the sides really. The big one is Perch as we have just mentioned, who left us to join Rangers in 2015. Josh Laurent was a QPR trainee, as was Sanmi Odelusi. 

Going back through the years, it’s been more a case of players spending loan spells with either club…Marcus Bent played for both (he seems to be in this section every week), as did Scott Sinclair, Ben Watson, Pascal Chimbonda, Jason Jarrett, Richard Edghill, Gino Padula, Matt Jackson and Ian Barraclough. 


Still got the gloves on, then, Pascal?

MATCH OFFICIALS: 
Referee - James Linington
Assistant Referee 1 - Neil Davies
Assistant Referee 2 - Robert Hyde
Fourth Official - Dean Whitestone

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