Key Battles: QPR v Reading

WITH Reading the first side to visit Loftus Road this season we take a closer look at where the game could potentially be won and lost for both teams.

PAWEL WSZOLEK v JORDAN OBITA

It’s fair to say our Polish speedster enjoys playing against Reading. Wszolek scored the opener against the Royals in the league match at Loftus Road last season and was awarded Man of the Match in our win at the Madejski Stadium for a stunning display. In that performance Pawel was enjoying a lot of success down the right wing, he played a big part in the goal and went on many surging runs throughout the game. Obita was the man tasked with marking him and that was a rare battle that the full-back lost last season. Acknowledged more for what he offers going forward, Obita may see attack as the best form of defence to limit the effect that the Polish winger can have on the game.

JOSHUA SCOWEN V JOHN SWIFT

QPR’s summer signing from Barnsley faces a tough first opposition in what is likely to be his R's League debut. Reading have a reputation for being one of the best sides in the division at keeping the ball and have some gifted technicians in their midfield. One of their key men in the middle of the park is John Swift with the ex-Chelsea trainee capable of producing some wonderful short and long range passes, dictating the tempo of the game. The key to stopping Reading is not let them settle and Scowen could be instrumental to the R’s game-plan. The midfielder has already shown in pre-season his impressive ability to read the game and some strong early tackles could help set an early tone for QPR.

CONOR WASHINGTON V LIAM MOORE

An interesting tussle awaits between our Northern Ireland international and Reading’s star man at the back last season. Washington will look to use his pace and movement to get in behind the Reading backline. The forward will also know that Jaap Stam’s side like to play it out from the back and Ollie will certainly want him as the first line of defence for Rangers. Washington has had success before at taking the ball off dithering defenders and Reading can expect him to constantly be buzzing around them. This is however unlikely to deter Moore who is one of the most composed defenders in the division and also has the pace and power to make recovery challenges. The centre half is also likely to be Reading’s leader at the back with McShane missing out through suspension and will look to guide his side to victory.