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  • November 28, 2012
  • • 04:00
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 28692
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Aston Villa - Reading Preview: Royals looking to leapfrog Lambert's men to escape relegation zone

Aston Villa - Reading Preview: Royals looking to leapfrog Lambert's men to escape relegation zone

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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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Aston Villa

Reading

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
Aston Villa FC Aston Villa
Draw
Reading FC REA
Reading FC Reading
61%
17%
22%

Top 3 Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
2 - 1
Reading FC REA
Aston Villa FC AST
2 - 0
Reading FC REA
Aston Villa FC AST
3 - 1
Reading FC REA

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