Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Coca-Cola League

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Coca-Cola League

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COCA-COLA LEAGUE

QPR v Watford 3pm tomorrow, Loftus Road Tickets: HOME - very limited availability. Tel: 0870 112 1967. AWAY - [pounds sterling]22 ([pounds sterling]12-[pounds sterling]13 concs). Tel: 0870 111 1881 Referee: Graham Poll (Hertfordshire) Facts: QPR have not beaten Watford since claiming a 1-0 victory against their London rivals in an old Division One League match in April 1988 Ian Holloway insists he is so happy at Loftus Road that he isn't interested in any other job, which is a bit of a shame as he was in contention to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson at England. Well, almost.

Holloway would be even happier if he wasn't forced to pass around the begging bowl every time he wanted to sign a player after financial restraints caused QPR to miss out on signing Middlesbrough defender Andrew Davies. In the circumstances Rangers have done well to survive this season, as have Watford.

Verdict: SURVIVORS SHARE THE SPOILS

Reading v West Ham 3pm tomorrow, Madejski Stadium Away ticket info: Sold out Last season: 2 (Kitson 2) 0 Referee: Phil Joslin (Nottinghamshire) Facts: These two teams have clashed only four times in their history and those matches have produced just four goals, with West Ham winning two and Reading one Alan Pardew returns to Reading tomorrow and a part of him may be wishing he had never left. The West Ham manager has hardly been a roaring success at a club who were prepared to go to the High Court to secure his services.

Pardew would not last five minutes in front of a kangaroo court of Hammers supporters and results must improve now if an inevitable fate is to be avoided.

Verdict: PARDEW PUNISHED DOWN MEMORY LANE

Wigan v Millwall 3pm tomorrow, JJB Stadium Away ticket info: [pounds sterling]17 ([pounds sterling]12 concs).

Tel: 020 7231 9999 Last season: 0-0 Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire) Facts: Millwall have not scored more than one goal in a game since beating Nottingham Forest 2-1 in the league on 15 January. …

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