Aston Villa vs. Reading: Live Coverage And Open Match Thread

Stu Forster

Aston Villa will be looking to turn a strong performance against Arsenal into a win against fellow bottom-three stragglers Reading in a huge mid-week clash at Villa Park.


OVERALL: 2-4-7, 10 pts, -12 GD




OVERALL: 1-6-5, 9 pts, -6 GD



Related: Aston Villa vs. Reading Preview | Follow us on Twitter


  • Goals. No team has scored fewer of them than Aston Villa this season, and given the team's commitment to attacking football that's more than a little bit of a concern. Reading has allowed 22 on the season, so they can be broken down, but whether Villa has the firepower to hurt the opposition no matter their defensive quality is a very serious question.
  • Villa's makeshift back line. Ron Vlaar is nursing an injury, Richard Dunne is still struggling to get back to match fitness, and I don't know whether or not Nathan Baker is even alive at this point. Ciaran Clark has taken a huge step forward this season, Matthew Lowton has quietly been one of Villa's most consistent performers and Enda Stevens has performed very well since being called into action unexpectedly against Sunderland, but to say there are some concerns in defense would be an understatement.
  • Both teams are coming into this game on relatively short rest and Reading had something of a barn-burner against Wigan on Saturday, but Villa looked absolutely gassed towards the end of the game against Arsenal and Paul Lambert doesn't have a ton of options if he wants to rotate the squad for this game. Stephen Ireland and Brett Holman seem like decent bets to move back into the starting lineup, but unless Darren Bent and Charles N'Zogbia make surprise returns to the team, it's going to be another long shift for Villa's front four.
Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join 7500 To Holte

You must be a member of 7500 To Holte to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at 7500 To Holte. You should read them.

Join 7500 To Holte

You must be a member of 7500 To Holte to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at 7500 To Holte. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.