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Wigan vs QPR odds, preview and predictions

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Friday 09/05/2014, 21:00, England Championship, Playoffs, Wigan vs QPR

Wigan vs QPR Betting Preview

The final and most important part of the season has begun, with Championship teams going at each other's throats in the playoffs. Wigan will be hosting Queens Park Rangers in the first leg of these decisive games and they are in dire need of a victory. The visitors lost a single game in over a month against leading Leicester, so they surely like their chances ahead of this fixture of critical importance.

Wigan vs QPR Betting Odds

At Bet365

Wigan 2.25, Draw 3.30, QPR 3.60

Wigan vs QPR Betting Tips

Wigan lost the last game of the regular season at Blackburn and conceded four goals, but they were very lucky for Reading to also fail miserably. They had to settle for a point in front of their fans, which caused their elimination from the race for the playoffs and any chance of playing in the Premier League in 2015.

Wigan tries to avoid that fate and the first step is to win the opening match against Queens Park Rangers, knowing that home pitch advantage is essential. They capitalized on it by defeating Reading, yet succumbed to Blackpool and Millwall without scoring a single goal.

The visitors were far more consistent recently and they play offensive football both at home and on the road, scoring 11 goals and allowing just 7. During the regular season, they had the second-best home record and that's why they would gladly settle for a draw in the first leg of the playoffs.

Austin is their most prolific striker with 17 goals so far as he's expected to be the only one playing up front in the first half. Holiett is a potential replacement, but with just 4 goals in 35 games he is unlikely to give Wigan too much trouble.

Key Facts

  • Wigan played no less than eight games in the last month, so it comes as no surprise that players are tired and no longer playing at full potential.
  • The two teams met six times with Wigan playing hosts and four of those games ended undecided, with each team winning once

Wigan vs QPR Betting Prediction

This is unlikely to be a one-sided affair and past performance suggests that Queens Park Rangers is very likely to leave Wigan with at least one point. Since this is a result that appeals to them with the second leg looming, the odds of 1.70 offered by Bet365 are particularly alluring. The visitors will try to score at least once on the road and given Wigan's recent defensive performances they are likely to keep a clean sheet.

Bet: QPR or Draw @ 1.70 with Bet365

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