With just five games to go, David Wagner has urged his Huddersfield Town team to look up the table and finish as high as they possibly can.

That starts with a trip to Ewood Park on Saturday to face Blackburn Rovers, one of three away trips still to complete.

With the sides separated by three places yet just one point, there is plenty of motivation as the Terriers look to leapfrog their opponents with victory in Lancashire.

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Here are three key battles to help determine where the game will be won or lost...

Rajiv van La Parra v Ben Marshall

Rajiv Van La Parra shows his skills against Hull City

Dutch winger Rajiv van La Parra's afternoon against Hull came to an end with a standing ovation after a Man of the Match display on his home debut.

David Wagner assured supporters they had been treated to the "real" van La Parra, alluding to a less than auspicious start to his Town career at Leeds, when he was a half time substitute in the 4-1 victory.

Now, the time has come to prove he can do it on enemy territory as well as home turf.

It should be an intriguing battle on the left wing however, with the influential Ben Marshall dropping deeper to right back in recent weeks.

Since the departure of Jordan Rhodes, Marshall is the club's top scorer, with six goals in all competitions - although four strikes have come in the FA Cup.

An accomplished dribbler who likes to cut inside and is unafraid to let loose a shot from range, his attacking instincts could keep Town's Dutchman busy in supporting his left back - but there should be spaces to exploit on the counter.

Nahki Wells v Grant Hanley

Sky Bet Championship - Huddersfield Town (2) v Hull City (2) - Nahki Wells frustration.

A return of 16 goals in all competitions makes Nahki Wells one of the top contenders for Town's Player of the Year award, but he's now gone three games without finding the back of the net. It's not a coincidence that Town as a whole fired blanks in two of those matches.

There's a heavy workload that rests awkwardly on the striker's shoulders, but he has risen to it and will be chomping at the bit to add to his tally at Ewood Park.

But the formidable figure opposite him will pose a physical and footballing barrier.

Grant Hanley, who came through the ranks while Rovers were still playing in the Premier League, now skippers the side and is one of the biggest reasons for Blackburn's frugal back line - they've conceded just 40 goals in 41 Championship games, recording a mightily impressive 13 clean sheets.

Strong in the air, he's also adept at killing opposition attacks by a well-timed interception.

If the Rovers back line is to be breached, Wells getting past Hanley will be key to success.

Jason Davidson v Jordi Gomez

Blackburn Rovers' Jordi Gomez (centre) celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough.

One of a plethora of new faces to arrive at Ewood Park in the January transfer window, Jordi Gomez signed on loan from Sunderland on the same day that Jordan Rhodes made his move to Middlesbrough final.

Possessing a Premier League pedigree, Gomez played over 150 games for Wigan Athletic and was an FA Cup winner with the Latics in 2013.

Since signing for Rovers, he's netted three goals, making the majority of his appearances from the right wing.

Opposite him this weekend is likely to be Town's Jason Davidson, restored to the line-up in the absence of James Husband, now back in Middlesbrough after the end of his loan spell.

After losing his place twice this season to loanees, and aware he will have competition next term from new signing Chris Löwe, Davidson will be desperate to impress his boss.

Gomez was one of the best of the pitch in Blackburn's 0-0 draw with Wolves last time out, and with both clubs looking to dot the metaphorical Is and cross the metaphorical Ts of avoiding relegation, this pair are both playing for their club futures ahead of next term.