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Premier League: Aston Villa and Reading go in search of much-needed win

Last Updated: 27/11/12 9:41am

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Paul Lambert: Looking for Aston Villa to start pulling clear of trouble

Paul Lambert: Looking for Aston Villa to start pulling clear of trouble

Aston Villa and Reading will get the opportunity to clamber out of the drop zone, for 24 hours at least, on Tuesday.

Villa briefly hauled themselves out of the bottom three on Saturday, following a goalless draw with Arsenal, but slipped back again on Sunday after seeing Southampton overcome Newcastle.

Paul Lambert will have been pleased with the defensive effort from his side against the Gunners, but they have gone two games without finding the target and have picked up just one win in nine.

Reading have fared little better over recent weeks and currently sit second from bottom in the Premier League standings.

The Royals have suffered only five defeats this season - as many as Fulham and Tottenham - but a solitary success in 12 top flight outings has left them languishing towards the foot of the division.

An agonising 3-2 defeat by Wigan over the weekend will have done little for morale in the Madejski Stadium camp, but a trip to Villa Park in midweek does offer an immediate opportunity to make amends and take precious points off a fellow struggler.

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Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar is an injury doubt for the crucial bottom of the table clash.

The central defender picked up a calf injury during the draw with Arsenal and was substituted early in the second half.

If he is ruled out, then Matt Lowton is likely to partner Ciaran Clark at the heart of the defence with Eric Lichaj being recalled at right-back.

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McDermott may decide to mix things up after seeing Reading come undone at Wigan, with Pavel Pogrebnyak and Garath McCleary the most likely to come back into contention for starting berths.

It could, however, be that those on show at the weekend will be given another opportunity to impress, with the Royals having no fresh injury or suspension concerns to contend with.

Jimmy Kebe (groin), Alex McCarthy (shoulder), Danny Guthrie (hip) and Jem Karacan (knee) all remain on the sidelines.

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-3-3
  • Guzan 1 Guzan
  • Lowton 34 Lowton
  • Vlaar 4 Vlaar
  • Baker 2 Baker

  • Cissokho 23 Cissokho
  • Cleverley 8 Cleverley
  • Westwood 15 Westwood
  • Sanchez 24 Sanchez
  • N'Zogbia 28 N'Zogbia

  • Agbonlahor 11 Agbonlahor
  • Weimann 10 Weimann

Team taken from Aston Villa vs West Ham United (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 8th November 2014

4-4-2
  • Federici 1 Federici
  • Kelly 3 Kelly
  • Hector 15 Hector
  • Pearce 5 Pearce
  • Gunter 2 Gunter
  • Robson-Kanu 9 Robson-Kanu

  • Norwood 6 Norwood
  • Williams 23 Williams

  • Obita 11 Obita
  • Murray 20 Murray
  • Cox 10 Cox

Team taken from Reading vs Cardiff City (Sky Bet Championship) on Friday 21st November 2014


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1 Chelsea 12 32
2 Southampton 11 25
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Stoke City 12 15
11 Liverpool 11 14
12 Tottenham Hotspur 11 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Hull City 11 11
16 Aston Villa 11 11
17 Leicester City 12 10
18 Burnley 12 10
19 Crystal Palace 11 9
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8

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