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
By Chris Davie
Lichaj, Lowton, Clark, Stevens
Weimann, Bannan, Agbonlahor
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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|England - Premier League (EPL)||Mar 9, 2013||Reading 1 - Aston Villa 2|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Nov 28, 2012||Aston Villa 1 - Reading 0|
|England - FA Cup (FA)||Mar 7, 2010||Reading 2 - Aston Villa 4|
|Dec 8, 2013||Fulham 2 - Aston Villa 0||EPL|
|Dec 5, 2013||Southampton 2 - Aston Villa 3||EPL|
|Nov 30, 2013||Aston Villa 0 - Sunderland 0||EPL|
|Nov 26, 2013||West Bromwich Albion 2 - Aston Villa 2||EPL|
|Nov 9, 2013||Aston Villa 2 - Cardiff 0||EPL|
|8||Karim El Ahmadi||Midfielder|
|21||Jordan Nathaniel Bowery||Striker|
|9||Adam Le Fondre||Striker|