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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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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.

Opta Stats

  • Reading have lost four of their five Barclays Premier League games against Aston Villa.
  • Reading have conceded more goals to crosses (18) than any other team in the Premier League this season.
  • Matthew Lowton is one of only three outfield players to play every minute of every Premier League game this season (along with Leighton Baines and Steven Gerrard).

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • McCarthy 21 McCarthy
  • Gunter 2 Gunter
  • Pearce 5 Pearce
  • Morrison 15 Morrison
  • Obita 37 Obita
  • Williams 23 Williams

  • Hector 35 Hector
  • Akpan 16 Akpan
  • McCleary 12 McCleary

  • Pogrebnyak 7 Pogrebnyak
  • McAnuff 11 McAnuff

Team taken from Reading vs Wigan Athletic (Sky Bet Championship) on Friday 18th April 2014

  • Guzan 1 Guzan
  • Vlaar 4 Vlaar
  • Baker 2 Baker
  • Clark 6 Clark
  • Lowton 34 Lowton
  • El Ahmadi 8 El Ahmadi

  • Westwood 15 Westwood
  • Delph 16 Delph
  • Bertrand 23 Bertrand

  • Holt 29 Holt
  • Agbonlahor 11 Agbonlahor

Team taken from Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 12th April 2014

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Liverpool 34 77
2 Chelsea 34 75
3 Manchester City 33 71
4 Arsenal 34 67
5 Everton 34 66
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 60
7 Manchester United 33 57
8 Southampton 34 48
9 Newcastle United 34 46
10 Stoke City 34 43
11 Crystal Palace 34 40
12 West Ham United 34 37
13 Hull City 33 36
14 Aston Villa 33 34
15 Swansea City 34 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 34 32
18 Fulham 34 30
19 Cardiff City 34 29
20 Sunderland 33 26


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