It remains to be seen whether Joey Barton completes his move from Newcastle to QPR this week, with the midfielder seemingly having reservations about leaving St James’ Park for Loftus Road despite not being offered a new contract at the Tyneside club.
He is clearly a player that Neil Warnock would love to have in the squad, with matches like the one at the DW Stadium likely to go a long way to deciding whether the Hoops will stay in the Premier League for more than one season.
After a 4-0 drubbing at home to Bolton, Rangers battened down the hatches at Goodison Park last Saturday and left Merseyside with a 1-0 win, with Paddy Power (£100 free bets) offering 9/4 that the visitors collect their second away win on the bounce by beating a Wigan side that have been unable to beat the two other promoted sides.
Roberto Martinez’s side let a 1-0 lead slip against Norwich on the opening day of the season before Ben Watson missed a penalty at the Liberty Stadium and the Spaniard will view this match as the perfect opportunity for the Latics to collect their first maximum haul of the campaign.
Many will regard the 7/5 (William Hill – £25 free betting) about a home win as a tasty price about a side that have played lots of attacking football already, with doubts simply remaining over who will put the ball in the net on regular occasions.
Ben Watson is likely to remain on penalty duties despite his miss against Swansea and the former Palace midfielder did find the net from the spot against the Canaries, so perhaps he is the best player to back on the First Goalscorer market. DJ Campbell is still looking for his first Rangers goal and can be backed at 7/1.