Wigan Athletic v Queens Park Rangers

26 Aug

Will Grigg


Will Grigg has scored four goals in five games this season

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Wigan have centre-back Jake Buxton available after a three-game suspension and have no new injury concerns.

Reece James (ankle), Andy Kellett (knee), Kyle Knoyle (elbow) and Donervon Daniels (knee) remain out.

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will check on forward Nasser El Khayati (back), who was forced off during the EFL Cup win over Rochdale in midweek.

Sandro is expected to continue in midfield, but defender Joel Lynch (abdominal) is out.

Analysis

BBC Radio Manchester’s Paul Rowley: “Gary Caldwell’s side will be bidding to maintain their unbeaten home record after losing all three away games in league and cup.

“The League One champions have shown their bouncebackability, coming from behind four times in the last two games.

“It’s hard to separate this pair with five of their last seven meetings here finishing as draws, with the last two ending goalless.

“Latics fans will be hoping for a romantic return for one of their FA Cup-winning heroes Jordi Gomez whose last game for Wigan was against Rangers in the Championship play-off semi final two years ago.”

BBC Radio London’s Andy Rowley: “Queens Park Rangers could not have wished for a better start than wins over Leeds and Cardiff, but defeats at Barnsley and at home by Preston have dampened spirits.

“This is an important game for lots of sides in the Championship. Win, and QPR head into the international break with the table looking pretty rosy. Lose and the atmosphere inevitably dips after three straight league defeats.

“Polish international Ariel Borysiuk made an encouraging debut in the EFL Cup on Tuesday while Sandro, angling for a move, scored twice in win over Rochdale. Were Sandro to stay, they would make a very effective partnership.

“With Tjaronn Chery just ahead of them, Wigan will have a job to wrest control away from QPR in the centre of the park.”

Match facts

  • Five of the seven meetings in all competitions between these sides at the DW Stadium have ended in draws, with both sides winning one game each.
  • The Hoops are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions against the Latics (W3 D4), winning the most recent fixture in May 2014 – a 2-1 play-off semi-final victory at Loftus Road.
  • QPR are the only side in the Championship yet to score from open play in 2016-17, with all seven goals scored so far coming via set-pieces.
  • Will Grigg has scored 23 goals in his last 25 league appearances for Wigan.
  • QPR have faced fewer opposition shots on target than any other Championship team this season (eight), although five have resulted in goals.
  • In contrast, no side has afforded their opponents more attempts on target in the second tier this term than Wigan (21).

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