Off-Field Issues won't Hold Back Determined Wigan Against QPR

Wigan Athletic welcome QPR to the DW Stadium on Wednesday evening as they look to further distance themselves from the relegation zone.

The Latics currently sit 16th in the Championship table, six points above the drop with just five games to go, meanwhile QPR sit comfortably in 13th with no fears of relegation but little chance of making a late run for the play-offs to get the fans excited.

The last few days have been an uncertain time off the pitch for Wigan after announcing they were going into administration but on the field, they are in decent form with Saturday’s defeat to Brentford ending a run of nine games unbeaten in the league.

Those games included impressive victories against West Brom, Reading and Blackburn which has seen them claw their way further up the table.

QPR picked up their first points after the restart when they defeated relegation-threatened Middlesbrough, courtesy of Jordan Hugill’s first-half strike.

It was a much-needed result for Mark Warburton’s side who had suffered three successive defeats since returning to Championship action, it was more damaging for the Hoops to see that two of those defeats were against teams threatened by relegation in Charlton and Barnsley.

The earlier season fixture between the sides took place back in August as both sides were looking to build up their form in the early stages of the campaign but it was QPR who came away with a comfortable 3-1 victory at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

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Wigan will be without striker Joe Garner after receiving a red card in the Latic’s defeat against Brentford at the weekend.

Cheyenne Dunkley, Gary Roberts and Michael Jacobs are likely to be absent with injuries.

QPR could be without top scorer Jordan Hugill after he suffered a hamstring injury in the win against Middlesbrough, although Mark Warburton is optimistic about his chances.

Otherwise, QPR have no other injury concerns.

Wigan have been in fine form in recent weeks and can be forgiven for the defeat to a rampaging Brentford side. I think that they will return to winning ways against a lacklustre QPR side who don’t have anything to play for and could be without their star man upfront.

Match Preview written by Dan Chenery.