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Key Battles: Reading FC v Cardiff City

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Reading look to make it back to back wins on Saturday and here Jack talks you through the three individual duels to look out for.

Can Chris Gunter stop this man from causing problems?
Can Chris Gunter stop this man from causing problems?
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Chris Gunter vs Junior Hoilett

The 26-year-old linked up again with Neil Warnock having played under him for QPR and, since coming into the side, Hoilett has one goal and one assist to his name, having made 16 appearances so far. On his day the Canadian can cause any side problems with his skill, trickery and the ability to put in a fantastic ball into the box.

Looking to stop Hoilett will be Chris Gunter, the Welshman has looked out of form in recent weeks having put in sub-standard performances. Against Derby, Gunter struggled to contain the Rams' talented wide players, which eventually led to a goal being scored having failed to stop the cross from coming into the 18-yard box.

It will be Gunter's job to stop the crosses from finding there way in the penalty area, something that he has to improve on if Reading are to stop conceding sloppy goals. He will therefore have to be at his best, should his side make it back to back wins.

Roy Beerens vs Lee Peltier

Peltier started his career at Liverpool has played for Leeds, Hull, Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest and will be looking to use that experience when the teams meet on Saturday, but the right-back has only kept two clean sheets in 24 games, conceding 39.

Beerens will be looking to take advantage of a leaky Cardiff defence, with the Dutchman scoring the vital goal against Fulham which got the Royals back to winning ways.

This should see the 28-year-old full of confidence heading into the game, however Beerens lacks consistency in his end product, something that he needs to improve if the likes of Yann Kermorgant are going to get on the end of the balls coming into the box.

Yann Kermorgant vs Sean Morrison

The former Reading centre-back is expected to start once again against his former employers on Saturday. As ever, some home fans will give Morrison some stick for the way he left the club, with former Reading manager Nigel Adkins saying:

"Sean came to see me and said he wanted to speak to Cardiff.  He saw the director of football [Nick Hammond] as well to reiterate what he said to me."

However the defender has struggled this season with Cardiff having one of the worst defences in the Championship, and perhaps the Reading players should look to take advantage off any frosty reception.

Yann Kermorgant in particular could be the man that will be up against the ex-Royal if Jaap Stam alters his line-up from the midweek win over Fulham. The Frenchman hasn't scored since his heroics in the 3-2 win at Bristol City and will be looking to get back to form against the side where he got his first goal of the season, in the 1-0 win at Cardiff back in August.

However he will up against a Cardiff side that aim to be tough to beat with Neil Warnock now in charge of the Bluebirds.