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Under 2.5 goals is best bet of Wigan’s play-off first leg v QPR

| 09.05.2014

Neither one of last season’s Premier League drop-outs can claim to be in sparkling form ahead of their Championship play-off semi-final first leg, so, as was the case in their previous league clashes; expect a cagey game between Wigan and QPR.

Below we’ve picked out three of the most profitable-looking punts from Sky Sports’ televised Friday night offering from the DW Stadium.

Under 2.5 goals in Wigan v QPR @ 2/3

Only one goal was scored by either of these two sides in 180 minutes of football during the regular season, with Rangers squeaking past the Latics 1-0 at Loftus Road in March.

The reverse fixture served up a stalemate back in October and as their finishing league positions suggests, there really isn’t much to separate the two sides.

Wigan and QPR to draw @ 9/4

It doesn’t seem to matter which division the clubs have faced each other in, as the prevailing result has been a draw when Wigan entertain the R’s in recent history.

Including the visit of Harry Redknapp’s side back in the autumn, four of the last five times the Londoners have visited the DW they’ve left with a share of the spoils.

More goals in the second half @ 23/20

With so much on the line, this fixture is likely to be just as attritional as the league encounters, as both teams look to avoid having a mountain to climb back at Loftus Road.

Wigan have failed to score in the opening 45 minutes in four of their last seven competitive games ahead of this one.

Meanwhile, seven of the last 10 times QPR have found the opposition net, the half-time team talks have already taken place.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.