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Reading vs. Aston Villa: Lineups and open match thread

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This game is important, which is terrifying, so you could come join us for moral support. It'll be better than hiding under a blanket.

Scott Heavey

This is where things get real, as you're likely to know. If Villa isn't able to win these next few games, well, we're proper fornicated. Reading isn't a terrible team by any stretch, but Villa's run out of room for error. Good god, we need to win, and I don't really want to consider a reality in which we don't.

For comparison. Spurs are taking on Liverpool with a real shot of closing in on second. That's where we could have been with some better management over the past few years. Why am I bringing this up? Well, largely because it's a thing I've been thinking about over the past few weeks, but also because I am clinically depressed. But hey, you know, go Villa!

In your weekly relegation battle recap, QPR take on Sunderland on Saturday while Wigan have a rough go at Everton on Sunday. On the optimistic side of things, Southampton travel to take on Norwich.

Please god win. UTV.

Reading Starting XI: Stuart Taylor, Alex Pearce, Adrian Mariappa, Stephen Kelly, Ian Harte, Mikele Leigertwood, Hal Robson-Kanu, Jobi McAnuff, Hope Akpan, Noel Hunt, Adam Le Fondre.

Reading Bench: Nicky Shorey, Jem Karacan, Garath McCleary, Sean Morrison, Danny Guthrie, Nick Blackman, Jonathan Henly

Aston Villa Starting XI: Brad Guzan, Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark Nathan Baker, Ashley Westwood, Barry Bannan, Yacouba Sylla, Gabby Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke

Villa Bench: Shay Given, Charles N'Zogbia, Brett Holman, Simon Dawkins, Samir Carruthers, Jordan Bowery, Joe Bennett