Reading v Aston Villa
20.00 – Tuesday 15th August 2017
Madejski Stadium, Reading.
Aston Villa will travel down to the Madejski Stadium for a midweek clash with Reading FC in the Championship tonight. With a draw and a loss for Villa, the start hasn’t quite been what most would have been hoping for.
Reading has also had a disappointing start to the season also only have a single point next to their name. They lost their opening game to QPR and then managed to get a point at the weekend against Fulham.
Leandro Bacuna completed his move to Reading on Sunday and has signed a four year deal with the Royals. He will no doubt get a mixed reaction for them travelling 3,900 Villa supporters with some happy to see him leave the club.
Ahmed Elmohamady has been ruled out after picking up a mouth injury in the 3-0 defeat to Cardiff the weekend. The former Hull player may need surgery after the nasty incident with City keeper Neil Etheridge.
He joins an injury list that already consists of Jonathan Kodija, Jack Grealish and Mile Jedinak. Andre Green will have a late fitness test after missing the weekend clash with a groin injury.
The Royals could be set to welcome back Garath McCleary and Roy Beerens who have both returned to training. Although Paul McShane and Joey Van den Berg have also returned to training it is thought that the game may come too early.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Jordan Obita, Yann Kermorgrant, Tennai Watson and Callum Harriot all remain unavailable.
- Aston Villa has won 16 of the 21 games they have played against Reading (D2, L3).
- Reading has only lost one game at the Madejski Stadium in 2017 (1-0 to QPR).
- Aston Villa has only managed three clean sheets in their last 20 away league fixtures.
Steve Bruce: “Reading are a good side. The manager has done a very good job. They have had an excellent season.”
Jaap Stam: “We’re facing a team with a lot of quality and who have a very big squad. They can change a lot in their style of play with the quality they have. It won’t be easy because the team will want to show themselves in front of their own fans and for next season. So we’re expecting a tough game but we’ll make it difficult for them and try and get a result.”
Aston Villa has sold out their full allocation of 3,900 tickets.
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