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Queens Park Rangers FC v Reading FC: Match Preview

Reading travel down the M4 to face Queens Park Rangers looking to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat; Phil Owtram provides a preview of the match at Loftus Road.

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Queens Park Rangers FC

Form (all comps): LDWDL

QPR striker Jamie Mackie is out for the season with a torn hamstring so Conor Washington could lead the line. Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink must choose between keepers Mike Ingram and Alex Smithies.

QPR have only won two of their past ten home matches with Reading, drawing five and losing three. QPR’s league home record of late has been impressive winning five of their last seven. Tjaronn Chery could be the danger man for QPR as he has scored in five of his last six appearances at Loftus Road. To back up Chery’s scoring exploits QPR have also been tight at the back in recent home matches keeping clean sheets in three of their last five.

Queens Park Rangers FC vs. Reading FC:23 April 2016 15:00 KO Loftus Road Stadium, LondonReferee: Keith Hill

Reading FC

Form (all comps): LLLLW

Manager Brian McDermott expects defender Chris Gunter (groin) to be available, but forward Hal Robson-Kanu (thigh) is out. Defender Paul McShane and midfielder Danny Williams remain unavailable as they serve bans for violent conduct against each other.

Reading have lost 12 of their last 15 away games, winning on just two occasions so not only will they have to overcome their away day hoodoo they will also have to tighten up at the back after conceding five goals in their last two games away from the Madejski.

QPR (v Brighton): A. Smithies, N. Onuoha, C. Hill (T. Chery 60), J. Perch, G. Hall, K. Henry, A. Faurlin, M. Phillips, M. Luongo, J. Hoilett (S. Polter 54), C. Washington (A. El Khayati 70).

Reading (v Hull City): Ali Al Habsi, A. Ferdinand, A. Taylor, M. Hector, J. Cooper, S. Quinn, G. McCleary, O. Norwood, S. Cox, (O. John 72), M. Vydra (Y. Kermorgant 54), D. Rakels.

Last Five Meetings

03 Dec 2015: Reading 0-1 QPR (League Championship)

16 Feb 2014: QPR 1-3 Reading (League Championship)

09 Nov 2013: Reading 1-1 QPR (League Championship)

28 Apr 2013: Reading 0-0 QPR (Premier League)

04 Nov 2012: QPR 1-1 Reading (Premier League)

Head To Head

Reading v QPR: W:39 D:20 L:28

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Prediction

QPR FC 1-1 Reading FC