Reading v Aston Villa

Reading manager Jaap Stam

Jaap Stam’s Reading side will be protecting an unbeaten home record for the visit of Aston Villa

BBC coverage

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Reading captain Paul McShane will miss the visit of Aston Villa with a hamstring injury which kept him out of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at QPR.

Defender Jake Cooper and forward Yakou Meite remain sidelined as they continue to recover from ankle injuries.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is set to be without defenders Micah Richards and Tommy Elphick who have calf injuries.

Jordan Ayew and Leandro Bacuna come back into contention after being rested for Saturday’s draw against Wolves.

Reading manager Jaap Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire:

“Villa’s a great side to face, a big side, a side that’s invested a lot of money in bringing players in to go back to the Premier League.

“It hasn’t been easy for them up until now, but with the new manager in place they’ll want to win and get as high up the table.

“But, we want to win our games as well and even against a side like Villa, we will still go for a win.”


BBC Radio Berkshire’s Tim Dellor:

“Two legendary Manchester United central defenders go head-to-head at the Madejski Stadium.

“Jaap Stam arrived at Old Trafford a year after Steve Bruce left in the 1990s. Now the two finally meet up on the touchline and in opposing dugouts.

“Reading’s season could still go in any direction. Glass half-full supporters will point to the fact they have only lost once in 11 games.

“Those of a half-empty nature will be concerned they haven’t won any of their past three and are struggling to score goals.

“They are unbeaten at the Madejski Stadium this season though, so there should be optimism from home supporters.”

Match facts

  • Reading have managed just one win in 10 previous league games against Villa, losing the other nine.
  • Villa have only failed to score in one of their past 17 games against the Royals in all competitions (0-2 in February 2007).
  • Reading are one of four Championship teams yet to lose any of their six home games in the league (along with Norwich, Brentford and opponents Aston Villa).
  • Villa are winless in their past 10 league games; the longest current run in the division (D8 L2).
  • The Royals are the only team in the Championship to have averaged more than 60% possession this season. (62.6%).
  • Jack Grealish has been fouled a league-high 36 times this season, and averages more fouls won per game than any other player (3.6 per game).

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