Aston Villa v Reading preview

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If Villa are to get promotion, home form will be vital

Aston Villa returns to home comforts when they host promotion hopefuls Reading on Saturday.

Bruce’s boys had their four-match winning run brought to an end with a draw against Burton Albion and will be looking to bounce back to winning ways.

The Villans may have nothing left to play for this season but will want to give the fans a sense of optimism for their hopeful promotion push next season.

They have won their last five home games in a row and sit second in the Championship form table after a brilliant recent run.

Goals have been a little hard to come for this season, with Jonathan Kodjia being the almost sole goal scoring machine this season. January signing, Scott Hogan was brought in to deliver more goals to the Villa side but has not really had the opportunity to improve on his fourteen goals for Brentford. The 25-year-old striker has found the net just once for his new club but could be given another chance to forge a partnership with Kodjia on Saturday.

Reading will be looking for a bounce-back of their own after the 7-1 humiliation that they suffered at the hands of Norwich City last time out.  Prior to that defeat, the Royals were on a three-match winning streak and Jaap Stam will surely make changes to his starting lineup as they look to strengthen their hold on a playoff position.

Jordan Obita and Danzell Gravenberch will both be looking to get a place in the starting lineup after returning from leg and ankle injuries respectively.

The Visitors will be without Paul McShane, Joey van den Berg and Deniss Rakels though for the trip to Villa Park.

Villa will hope to have their first choice eleven at their disposal for the visit of Reading.Jonathan Kodjia should be fit for Villa today.

Star striker, Kodjia limped off in the draw at Burton but will be fit to return to the starting line-up for Bruce’s side.

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Gabriel Agbonlahor are both close to returning to the matchday squad.

Match Stats

  • There has never been a draw between the two sides in 11 league encounters – Villa has won 10 of those.
  • Villa has won their last six games against the Royals, including the 2-1 away victory this season.
  • Reading’s last two games have seen a total of 12 goals – including the 7-1 defeat to Norwich.
  • Villa’s five-game unbeaten run is the club’s joint longest of the season. The club matched it when they drew five games in a row in the month of September.

The Bookies

Bet365

Home Win: 17/20
Away Win: 15/4
Draw: 13/5

First Scorer: Jonathan Kodjia 11/4, Scott Hogan 9/2, Lewis Grabban 15/2.

Ticket News

Tickets are still available for the clash with the Royals from the Villa Village Ticket Office before the game with the below prices:

Adult £23 to £33
Concessions* £20 to £33
Under 18 £15 to £28
Under 8 £10 to £28

Match Chat

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