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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 24,102) 9th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

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N Baker (og 32)

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A Villa 2

C Benteke (33)
G Agbonlahor (45)

Premier League: Reading face Aston Villa in a relegation battle

By Daniel Storey - Follow me on Twitter @danielstorey85.   Last Updated: 11/03/13 11:23am

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Paul Lambert: Will be hoping to record Aston Villa's third away win of the season.

Paul Lambert: Will be hoping to record Aston Villa's third away win of the season.

Aston Villa travel to Reading in a match that will do much to determine the Premier League future of both sides.

Both sides have lost momentum after positive results to fall back into the relegation mire, hitting a tough patch at just the wrong time.

Reading have lost their last three Premier League games to Everton, Stoke and Wigan, with the 3-0 drubbing to relegation rivals Wigan in the Royals' last home game a particularly low moment.

With Reading taking 18 of their 23 points this season at home, it is vital that they make the most of Saturday's fixture with a victory if they are to shake the tag of relegation favourites.

Brian McDermott will be concerned that the goals of Adam Le Fondre have dried up, and the striker has failed to score in four games after scoring five in his previous three matches.

Villa, meanwhile, have lost tight encounters against better opposition in their last two games, and there were definite signs of positivity during Monday night's 1-0 defeat against Manchester City at Villa Park. However, they have not won in seven away games, conceding 22 goals in the process and only Southampton have conceded more on their travels.

The game certainly meets the cliched definition of 'six-pointer', and both managers will know that defeat would leave little doubt as to the severity of their situations.

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Third-choice goalkeeper Stuart Taylor will again take his place between the posts for the visit of former club Aston Villa.

Taylor made his first Premier League appearance since 2008 in last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Everton after Adam Federici sprained an ankle.

Federici is still at least a week away while Jimmy Kebe is also a doubt for the relegation clash.

Pavel Pogrebnyak serves the second of his three-game ban while fellow striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) are still absent.

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Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has been ruled out of tomorrow's Barclays Premier League relegation battle at Reading through suspension.

Delph serves a two-game ban after collecting his 10th yellow card of the campaign during Monday's 1-0 home defeat against Manchester City.

Villa boss Paul Lambert is hopeful captain Ron Vlaar will recover from the calf injury that has ruled him out of the last two games, but striker Darren Bent (foot) is again set to miss out.

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-4-2
  • Federici 1 Federici
  • Gunter 2 Gunter
  • Hector 15 Hector
  • Pearce 5 Pearce
  • Obita 11 Obita
  • Taylor J 25 Taylor J

  • Norwood 6 Norwood
  • Williams 23 Williams
  • Robson-Kanu 9 Robson-Kanu

  • Cox 10 Cox
  • Murray 20 Murray

Team taken from Reading vs Brighton and Hove Albion (Sky Bet Championship) on Friday 26th December 2014

5-3-2
  • Guzan 1 Guzan
  • Hutton 21 Hutton
  • Okore 5 Okore
  • Vlaar 4 Vlaar
  • Clark 6 Clark
  • Cissokho 23 Cissokho
  • Delph 16 Delph
  • Sanchez 24 Sanchez
  • Cleverley 8 Cleverley

  • Agbonlahor 11 Agbonlahor
  • Benteke 20 Benteke

Team taken from Aston Villa vs Swansea City (Barclays Premier League) on Friday 26th December 2014


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Table

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 18 45
2 Manchester City 18 42
3 Manchester United 18 35
4 Southampton 18 32
5 West Ham United 18 31
6 Arsenal 18 30
7 Tottenham Hotspur 18 30
8 Swansea City 18 28
9 Liverpool 18 25
10 Newcastle United 18 23
11 Stoke City 18 22
12 Everton 18 21
13 Aston Villa 18 20
14 Sunderland 18 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 18 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 18 17
17 Hull City 18 16
18 Crystal Palace 18 15
19 Burnley 18 15
20 Leicester City 18 10

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