Aston Villa will be playing their second English Premier League game in a row at home at Villa Park on Tuesday, November 27 when they host Reading. This is a relegation clash since both clubs are currently in the bottom three of the table and in the relegation zone. Villa is coming off of a 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Saturday while Reading lost a heartbreaking game to Wigan by as score of 3-2. Wigan managed to fire home the game winner in injury time.
The latest odds for the game by WilliamHill.com list an Aston Villa win at evens with a Reading victory at 3/1 and a draw at 11/5. They have over 180 different betting options for this game and very decent odds right now.
Reading has had a tough time of it on the road as they haven’t won a game yet away from home. They’ve managed a pair of draws on the road though to go with their four losses. They’ve allowed just five goals more against on the road than they’ve scored, so they haven’t been blown out of any games. They just need to get tougher and start winning the games they’re drawing.
Reading defenders will need to keep their eye on a few of Villa’s best players such as forwards Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke. Defender Ron Vlaar has also played well this season and new manager Paul Lambert is hoping that striker Darren Bent will be fit enough to start the game. Also captain Vlaar may also miss the game due to an injury he picked up on the weekend. The best players for Reading so far this season have been forward Adam le Fondre along with defenders Nicky Shorey and Chris Gunter.
Both teams desperately need the three points here to climb out of the relegation zone. Look for both squads to stack and create some chances. Villa hasn’t been playing too bad at home with pretty good performances against Arsenal and Man United in a 3-2 loss. Reading manager Brian McDermott needs to shake things up and he could do so by starting Garath McCleary and Pavel Pogrebnyak in this match. Unfortunately for Reading, it looks like they’ll have to play the game without the services of Jimmy Kebe, Jem Karacan, Alex McCarthy, and Danny Guthrie as they’re all out of action with various injuries.
Aston Villa has won two, drawn one and lost two in their last five games while Reading has won one, drawn two and lost two. Their last meeting was an FA Cup game in Reading in 2010 with Villa winning 4-2. Aston Villa sits in the relegation zone in 18th place. They have just a pair of wins along with four draws and seven defeats for 13 points. They’ve scored 10 goals and allowed 22 against. Reading is one point and one position below Villa with just one win, six draws and five losses for 12 points. They’ve scored a total of 16 goals while also allowing 22 against.
Look for a pretty decent game here as it’s important for both clubs. It should be close, but Villa should take the win by 1-0 or 2-1.