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Key Battles: QPR v Reading

Reading are looking to get back winning ways this Saturday and will feel optimistic against QPR, who have won just one of their last six games - including a 6-0 thrashing at home to Newcastle. So where will the key battles be played out?

QPR's main danger man Tjaronn Chery
QPR's main danger man Tjaronn Chery
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Having scouted QPR's performance in their 2-1 win over Fulham last time out, here are the key battlezones on Saturday.

Sebastian Polter vs Liam Moore

Signed from Bundesliga side Mainz in the summer of 2015, the German has become a bit of a cult hero with the QPR faithful. With him being 6 foot 3 inches tall and having huge strength, Polter is one of those strikers that can give any central defender a run for their money. Last season Polter got six goals in 31 Championship appearances, so far this season Polter has started in fine form with three goals in ten games.

Looking to limit his opportunities will be Liam Moore. The central defender will be looking to help his side gain another clean sheet with Reading having conceded five goals in their last two games. Moore has all the capabilities to deal with Polter - pace, heading and superb tackling, meaning that the battle between these two in-form players should be a fascinating one.

Here' s a video demonstrating what Polter is capable of.

Tjaronn Chery vs Danny Williams

28-year-old Chery has been with The Hoops since the start of the 2015/16 season when he was signed from Dutch side FC Groningen. Chery is arguably one of QPR's best players, if the not the best. This has been reflected in the impact he's made since the move to West London.

During his debut season in English football, Chery got ten goals and four assists in 39 appearances - only Nick Blackman scored more for the Royals in the league last campaign. This season Chery has four goals and two assists so far in 11 games.

Chery can play anywhere across the midfield, with his primary position playing in behind the striker(s) in a number ten role; he can cause any team problems with his trickery, pace and ability to pull the strings if given the chance.

It could fall on Danny Williams to stop Chery from dictating the play and not allow him time and space. Williams is very capable of doing this, with excellent energy, tackling and defensive ability. If Williams can disrupt Chery, hopefully this should stop the supply up to the strikers and halt Chery from influencing the game.

Here's a video showcasing Chery's talents.

Steven Caulker vs Yann Kermorgant

The former England international who had a loan spell at Liverpool last season, has played all but two games so far this campaign. Caulker is one of the main men in central defence, he has terrific attributes for a centre-back with good height and terrific tackling ability.

Looking to give Caulker a hard time will be Yann Kermorgant. The striker has only scored two goals so far this season but should fancy his chances against a QPR side that has conceded 17 goals so far this season and hasn't kept a clean sheet since August.

As we know, one of Kermorgant's main roles in the side is to win the aerial duels and keep things ticking over up front - with Caulker so strong in the air too, the Frenchman will have his work cut out against an experienced, ex-Premier League centre-back.

Where do you think the key battles will be played out on Saturday? Let us know below.