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Queens Park Rangers v Reading FC: Key Battles

Who'll be the key combatants in this epic clash of real v fake hoops?

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After four losses on the bounce I think it's fair to say that Royals fans are not happy. Reading badly need a result away this weekend and will be hoping that plenty of fans will make the trip into London. Personally I consider results more important than some might think at this stage on the season as a good run in would really set the tone for next season. Currently next year is looking uncertain but a string of wins may ease the minds of the Reading fans.

QPR were handed a 4-0 thrashing at Brighton last Tuesday and like Reading have had a poor season. A shambles at the back at times, QPR fully deserved a heavy loss but will be looking to capitalise on Reading's poor form.

Alejandro Faurlin vs Michael Hector

Faurlin is one of the few survivors of their two previous promotion campaigns and he's once again established himself in the Championship. Originally hailing from Argentina, Faurlin has incredible vision and can create space if given time to do so. He's an excellent player but works best in a slow environment. Although this style is not best suited for the second tier, Faurlin has done well this campaign and fully deserves his place in the team.

Against Hull, Michael Hector looked like a classy player when taking players on and charging through challenges. On his best days Hector can absolutely dominate games. He does the simple things well, knows his place in the team and reads the game very well. The players further up the pitch will be hoping that he can add a penetrating pass to his locker and become a true all round central midfielder.

Anton Ferdinand vs Tjaronn Chery

Despite being completely out paced by Abel Hernandez for Hull's first goal on Tuesday I thought Ferdinand played well. Coming up against one of his former teams, Ferdinand will be hoping to show he's still a solid defender especially with his contract up in the summer. Anton has had to fill a void left by club captain Paul McShane and he's done decently in a Reading team that has been struggling in all areas. Unlike Jake Cooper, Ferdinand never looks phased in possession and is confident and assured. What he needs to do now however is try to inspire confidence in others and become a really leader at the back in the absence of McShane.

After moving from Dutch football it's fair to say that 10 goals and counting for Tjaronn Chery is a good return for someone trying to adapt to a difficult league. Playing in attack or just behind the Striker Chery is the flair player that all fans just love to watch. Quick feet and frightening pace on a good day he'll tie you up in knots. But as with most flair players some days he simply can't be bothered and will go almost unnoticed. It's certainly a tricky one to call and Royal's fans will be hoping that he as an off day. If he doesn't however we could be in some trouble.

So those are two of the matchups I'm looking forward to but who are you looking forward to seeing?