Wigan and QPR will meet at the DW Stadium on Friday looking to put one foot in the Championship play-off final.
Fifth plays fourth as the two teams, both relegated from the Premier League last season, clash with the chance of a swift return to the top tier of English football on the cards for the winner.
The game promises to be a tight affair, the two games between them in the regular season saw just one goal. The game at the DW ended in a goal-less stalemate with QPR edging the game in London with a 1-0 win, secured thanks to an early Yossi Benayoun goal.
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QPR manager Harry Redknapp will hope that his side can get a good result in the first leg but he is expecting a tricky assignment in the North West.
“Wigan will be a tough game – they’re a very good side,” said Redknapp.
“Being at home in the second leg is important for us, but our only focus at the minute is on preparing for Friday at their place.
“I think there are four very evenly-matched teams in the play-offs.
“Everyone will head into them confident of promotion, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
“This league is so unpredictable, and I don’t see the play-offs being any different. It’s all up for grabs for us – we’re going to give it a right go.”
Redknapp will be without Benoit Assou-Ekotto for the game after the on-loan defender returned to Tottenham for treatment on a knee injury.
Yun Suk-Young is set to continue at left-back in his absence.
Long-term absentees Matty Phillips (ankle) and Ale Faurlin (cruciate) are back training but won’t feature while Ravel Morrison, Joey Barton and Richard Dunne are in line to play after being rested against Barnsley last time out.
Wigan meanwhile are hoping that on-loan star Nick Powell is fit after a bout of tonsillitis while Ali Al Habsi will replace Scott Carson in goal.
Ben Watson (broken leg) and fellow midfielder Chris McCann (knee) both miss out.