Wigan to gain upper hand

Craig Chisnall fancies Wigan to gain the advantage tonight in their Sky Bet Championship play-off against QPR.

Last Updated: 09/05/14 at 20:31 Post Comment

Wigan are expected to be celebrating on Friday night

Wigan are expected to be celebrating on Friday night

Our tipster Craig Chisnall fancies Wigan to gain the advantage in their Sky Bet Championship play-off first leg against QPR on Friday night.

It's play-off time again and I fully expect a cagey start to them this year but I'm favouring Wigan over QPR on Friday.

The Latics are in good order and the price, around 14/5, on them winning at the break and at full time looks the value in this game.

Rangers' woeful away record ruined their chances of keeping pace with the automatic promotion places and they lost 10 games in all on the road.

Wigan, who have been inconsistent of late with a play-off place secured, made the DW Stadium a fortress, particularly after Uwe Rosler replaced Owen Coyle as boss before Christmas, and will want a lead to take to West London next week.

Latics have leaked goals in recent goals, four at Blackburn at the weekend, but with the attacking talent they possess I believe they will edge past Harry Redknapp's men in the first leg.

It's also going to be tight when Brighton host Derby at the Amex on Thursday.

The majority of Brighton's matches this season have been extremely close encounters with their emphasis on keeping a clean sheet first and foremost. Their tally of 40 goals conceded was the second best in the division - only Burnley's 37 bettering that.

They also drew 15 of their 46 matches in the regular season and were far from prolific at the other end, scoring just 55 goals - the worst tally of the top 17 in the division.

Derby, who finished 13 points better off than Albion, were much more prolific and their total of 84 goals was the most in the Championship.

But I think both managers will be desperate not to give too much away in the first leg with goals and chances could very well be at a premium. That makes the half-time draw/full-time draw price of 4/1 more than attractive to me.

Another price that looks attractive in this game is the 7/2 on Rams goalscoring midfielder Craig Bryson to add to his tally this term.

The former Kilmarnock man, who arrived at County in June 2011, has been a revelation this term with 16 goals - including two hat-tricks.

The 27-year-old hasn't scored since the 3-1 win at Blackpool on April 8 but after being rested for the 1-1 draw at Leeds at the weekend he will be desperate to get back into action.

The Rams have been particularly adventurous since Steve McClaren took the reins at the end of September and its only the fine form of top two Leicester and Burnley that denied them automatic promotion.

Bryson has benefited more than most from having a licence to break forward from the middle of the park and that makes the price worth considering for him to nick a goal.

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