Rock bottom Super Hoops travel to the DW Stadium in another all important six pointer.
Back to back draws will have given Harry Redknapp cause for optimism but such was the gap from safety when the former Tottenham boss took over that wins are what is needed to give QPR any hope of dragging themselves out of a relegation quagmire. The Loftus Road boss was happy to see his players call off their Xmas party and will hope that they can pick up their first Premier League win of the season at the DW Stadium to hand their concerned supporters some much needed Christmas cheer.
Perennial relegation threatened Wigan sit in relative comfort, by QPR’s standards at least, in 16th place and will hope to collect a win that will help to keep the Latics just outside the drop zone. Roberto Martinez’s side have however only won two matches at home this term so that may well give their West London opponents hope.
Venue DW Stadium
Last season Wigan 2 QPR 0
Referee Phil Dowd
This season’s matches 9 Y27, R2, 3.22 cards per game
Odds Wigan 13-10 QPR 2-1 Draw 23-10
Subs from Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, López, Redmond, Golobart, Orsula Doubtful None
Injured Crusat (knee, 15 Dec), Alcaraz (groin, 15 Dec), Watson (leg, Jan), Ramis (hamstring, unknown), Maloney (groin, unknown), Miyaichi (ankle, unknown),
Suspended Caldwell, Figueroa (both one match)
Form guide LLWLLW
Disciplinary record Y29 R2
Leading scorer Koné 4
Subs from César, Cerny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Traoré, Park, Derry, Ephraim, Faurlín, Hoilett, Mackie
Doubtful César (groin), Mbia (neck), Diakité (ankle)
Injured Zamora (hip, Feb), Johnson (knee, Mar)
Form guide DDLLLD
Disciplinary record Y24 R2
Leading scorer Zamora 3
This will be only the ninth time the teams have met – QPR currently have the edge with three wins to Wigan’s two.
The home team won both fixtures between the two sides last season.
Wigan have won one of their last five Premier League games.
The Latics have lost nine of their 15 Premier League games this season – exactly the same number of defeats as they had suffered at the same stage of the 2011-12 campaign.
Roberto Martinez’s side have conceded 15 Premier League goals at home this season – more than any other team in the division.
Ronnie Stam is set to make his 50th Premier League appearance.
If QPR fail to beat Wigan they will set a new Premier League record of going 16 games without a win from the start of the season. The last top-flight team to suffer a 16-game winless start to a season was Sheffield United in 1990.
The Hoops have failed to win any of their last 21 Premier League away games.
Only Sunderland in 2005-06 (five) had fewer points than QPR have this season after 15 Premier League matches (six).
They finished in 20th place and were relegated. Swindon Town (1993-94), Sheffield Wednesday (1999-2000), and Derby County (2007-08) all also had six points from their first 15 Premier League matches, and all were relegated.
The Londoners are the Premier League’s lowest scorers with just 11 goals this season.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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