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  • 27 November 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: L. Probert
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Aston Villa - Reading Preview: Royals looking to leapfrog Lambert's men to escape relegation zone

Brian McDermott's side are looking to secure their first away win of the season, while Paul Lambert's men have not registered a home victory since September 15

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


ASTON VILLA

Sunderland
Guzan
Lichaj, Lowton, Clark, Stevens
E.Ahmadi, Westwood
Weimann, Bannan, Agbonlahor
Benteke


READING

  QPR
Federici
Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey
Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff
Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre



Paul Lambert could be without Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar after the centre-back suffered a calf injury during his side's goalless draw against Arsenal on Saturday. Matthew Lowton is likely to line up alongside Ciaran Clark, while Eric Lichaj deputises at right-back.

Elsewhere for Villa, Joe Bennet, Charles N'Zogbia and Gary Gardner are all out with knee injuries. Richard Dunne (groin) and rStiliyan Petrov (acute leukaemia) are long-term absentees.

Brian McDermott has no new injury concerns ahead of his side's trip to Villa Park. Jimmy Kebe is out with a groin problem, while Alex McCarthy (shoulder), Danny Guthrie (thigh) and Jem Karacan (knee) are still sidelined. Jason Roberts and Pavel Pogrebnyak will be fighting for a spot in attack alongside Adam Le Fondre.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Aston Villa haven't won at home since September 15.

  • Villa have won five out of their last six games against Reading in all competitions.

  • Paul Lambert's men have averaged 11.3 shots per game this season. Only Stoke and Sunderland have managed fewer.

  • Reading have averaged 40.8 per cent possession in the Premier League this season - the lowest of any side.

  • Brian McDermott's men also have the worst pass completion rate with 68.4%.

  • Reading have yet to record an away win in the Premier League this season.

  • Nicky Shorey has created 28 goalscoring chances this season - as many as Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata.

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Available Squads
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
29Enda StevensDefender
2Nathan BakerDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
20C. BentekeStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
43Eric LichajDefender
32Stephen IrelandMidfielder
8Karim El AhmadiMidfielder
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
21Jordan Nathaniel BoweryStriker
1Adam FedericiGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
3Adrian MariappaDefender
15Sean MorrisonDefender
24Shaun CummingsDefender
8Mikele LeigertwoodDefender
11Jobi McAnuffMidfielder
16Jay TabbMidfielder
19Hal Robson-KanuMidfielder
9Adam Le FondreStriker
30Jason RobertsStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
26Alex PearceDefender
23 Ian HarteDefender
12Garath McClearyMidfielder
26Brynjar GunnarssonMidfielder
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
10Noel HuntStriker
Players to Watch
C. Benteke
C. Benteke
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Belgian has kept Darren Bent out of the team with his industrious work rate and as he's leading the line against a leaky Reading back line, the forward should be able to cause problems at Villa Park.
Adam Le Fondre
Adam Le Fondre
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Reading's leading scorer in the Premier League was influential in his side's victory over Everton earlier this month and will be looking to add to his tally against a makeshift Villa defence, who could struggle for organisational discipline due to the likely omission of Ron Vlaar.
Prediction
Paul Lambert's men haven't registered a victory at Villa Park in over two months but Reading's away form has been poor and the hosts, who will be buoyed following their performance against Arsenal, should be able to keep a consecutive clean sheet and be able to snatch three points.
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