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Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Previewing Villa's visit

A preview of this weekend's game

1 February 2019

Three more points to play for this weekend as we look to battle our way out of danger. A dangerous Aston Villa outfit stand in the way this Saturday.

Interviews

“Our fans have suffered, but they come – they love this club”

30 January 2019

We will be welcoming our biggest crowd of the season to Madejski Stadium this Saturday; the Royals supporters are getting behind José Gomes and his side in their numbers.

Last time out on our patch, it was a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest. Some clinical finishing, a clean sheet and three well-merited points.

And now we'll aim to do it again when the Villans arrive in RG2. Their promotion aims have taken a bit of a dent in recent weeks, but they managed their first win in six games when they defeated Ipswich by a 2-1 scoreline in their most recent game.

Villa also have an in-form Tammy Abraham leading their line, who is currently the Championship's top scorer with 19 goals to his name.

Three on-loan players made their debuts for the Royals in midweek, with Emi Martínez, Matt Miazga and Nélson Oliveira all amongst it as Reading returned from Bolton with a point. They will all be aiming to make their Madejski Stadium bows this weekend with the visit of the Villans.

What's on

A group of Royals supporters will be walking from the Three Guineas pub (next to Reading Station) to the ground, along with fellow fans from Aston Villa, in aid of mental health awareness.

If you come to the game early, we'll be showing the early kick-off on the big screen in our Fan Zone. Tottenham Hotspur host Newcastle United in the Premier League from 12.30pm.

The Fan Zone is an ideal place to take in the pre-match atmosphere at Madejski Stadium. Thanks to our Official Pouring Rights Partner, Heineken, fans can pick up a beverage at the new location, which is named after the former Elm Park hotspot, with the area around the bar decked out in images of former and current Royals stars.

Also in the Fan Zone is Bill's Coffee - look out for the trailer and grab a bean-to-cup coffee to warm you up before the action gets going inside the ground.

Heineken will be joined at the Fan Zone by West Berkshire Brewery, our local ale partner, who will be serving their famous “Good Old Boy” once again at Madejski Stadium.

Before kick-off, we are inviting all supporters to join in a minute's applause to celebrate the life of former Reading captain Johnny Walker, who passed away recently at the age of 90. More details can be found by clicking here.

Match itinerary

Find out about our matchday schedule by clicking here.

Weather information

Please click here for information about the weather forecast for this fixture, in light of the snowfall on Thursday evening and Friday morning around the Reading area.

READING WEATHER

Tickets

Tickets for our game against the Villans are still available; click the link below for more information.

Aston Villa
Sky Bet Championship

Aston Villa

Saturday 2nd February, 3pm (Madejski Stadium)

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Travel

All of our usual travel options are available for this match, with Park & Ride, matchday bus services and stadium parking all available.

To see a full list of travel options, click here.

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Follow it live

If you can't make it to Madejski Stadium, we've got you covered!

Keep up with minute-by-minute action through our live Match Centre, available on the club website prior to kick-off.

We'll have you covered on our Reading FC social media channels - on TwitterFacebook  and Instagram.

iFollow will also be available for fans who cannot make it to the game in the UK or around the world. You can take a look at our iFollow page and see how you can stay tuned for this match.

Reminder

We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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Match Reports

Report | Absorbing encounter ends goalless

Honours even as Royals earn clean sheet against Villa

2 February 2019

Reading earned a clean sheet and a point at home to Aston Villa on Saturday, with a hotly-contested 0-0 draw at Madejski Stadium.

Tommy Elphick hit the crossbar for Villa in the first period, while Nélson Oliveira narrowly cleared the bar for the Royals.

Emi Martínez saved superbly from Tammy Abraham late on for the Royals, while Reading couldn't quite find the breakthrough in a feisty match between two sides with lots to play for this season - for different reasons.

The Royals started with four changes to the line-up at Bolton on Tuesday night - with José Gomes selecting all five January loan signings in the starting XI. Prior to getting underway, the Madejski Stadium crowd stood and observed a miinute's applause in memory of former captain, Johnny Walker, who sadly passed away last week aged 90.

Villa started with a high pressing line against the Royals, forcing the first chance after a couple of minutes. Glenn Whelan swept a cross in from the right, Championship top scorer, Tammy Abraham, controlled away from his marker and shot, with Emi Martínez able to catch comfortably.

The first half started at a high tempo between the teams, but the end-to-end early exchanges yielded little in terms of clear-cut chances. But that changed when Anwar El Ghazi found space on the edge of the Reading box. 

He curled an effort towards the bottom corner, with Martínez at full stretch to save superbly - Abraham had a free header on the follow-up and could only put it wide, in a let-off for Reading.

The Royals broke forward at pace shortly after, however, after a deft flick from Lewis Baker allowed John Swift to break. He threaded through for Tyler Blackett, who hung up a cross just before it went behind the byline. Nélson Oliveira attacked it, but Whelan was able to head behind and clear.

Reading kept up the pressure and managed to recycle well from a corner, with Baker popping a chipped ball in for Oliveira, shooting first time under pressure and narrowly over the bar.

The Royals had the woodwork to thank for keeping the scores level after the half-hour mark, with a Hourihane corner headed off the bar by Tommy Elphick.

Up the other end, Oliveira was fouled on the edge of the Villa box. The position suited a left-footer and Baker stood over the free-kick, putting plenty of curl on his shot but not managing to find the target on this occasion.

Five minutes from the half-time whistle, Reading had a big appeal for a penalty when Ovie Ejaria danced into the area past two Villa players - Hutton brought him down and the referee waved away to the appeals, much to the dismay of the Reading squad.

Gomes and his men were starting to turn the screw as the break approached, with Oliveira showing a striker's instinct to shoot from 20 yards when an effort didn't look on, forcing Lovre Kalinic into a fine save to stop him. 

The last action of the half saw Reading almost take the lead - a Swift free-kick was diverted towards the bottom corner, with Kalinic only parrying into the path of Miazga under pressure from six yards. The centre-back only struck wide, and the whistle went for half time.

Half-time | Reading 0-0 Aston Villa

The visitors started the second half with a penalty claim of their own as El Ghazi went down in the box seemingly unchallenged, the referee spotting the lack of contact and awarding the Villa winger a yellow card.

The game was becoming stretched as both sides opened up in the hope of taking the lead in RG2, and when the ball ricocheted through to Abraham in the box, a piece of superb last-ditch defending from Andy Yiadom saw him throw his body in the way at the crucial moment to block.

The result of this match was anyone's guess as the half progressed, with both teams threatening when on the attack but neither side able to find the breakthrough.

Omar Richards was introduced for Callum Harriott midway through the second period, pressing on in a left-wing role - where he used to play as an Academy player before converting to full-back as a senior pro. Sone Aluko was also brought on in a central role in place of Lewis Baker.

The two subs combined going forward as Richards fed Aluko in space 20 yards out, he took a touch but swiped at his shot and it wasn't troubling Kalinic in the Villa goal.

Play was stopped after Oliveira appeared to clash heads with Whelan in midfield, with the striker needing medical attention and subsequently being swiftly withdrawn.

Both teams became increasingly fractious as time wore on, with the match still on a knife-edge in a fiercely competitive game on Saturday afternoon.

Martínez came to the rescue in the Reading goal with 10 minutes to go, Abraham with a free header that our goalkeeper managed to get a solid hand to from point-blank range, the ball dropped into the area and Liam Moore could hack clear from a vital stop.

Time ticked on towards the 90th minute and both teams were still going hammer and tong for a late winner, in an absorbing encounter at Madejski Stadium. 

Eight minutes were added on as a couple of head injuries delayed proceedings significantly in the second half.

Villa penned the Royals in their own half as stoppage time progressed, looking the more likely to find the winner. Jonathan Kodjia found half a yard outside the Reading box, firing across goal and narrowly wide.

A Swift ball was lofted into the box up the other end with Liam Moore rising to it, Kalinic powered a punch clear and left the referee adding more time for another injury intervention.

Full-time | Reading 0-0 Aston Villa

Reading: Martínez, Yiadom, Moore (c), Miazga, Blackett, Rinomhota, Baker (Aluko 70), Ejaria, Harriott (Richards 67), Swift, Oliveira (Méïté 73).
Subs: Walker, Gunter, McCleary, Barrow.
Goals:
Yellow: Swift, Oliveira, Yiadom

Aston Villa: Kalinic, Taylor, Mings, Elphick, Hutton (c), Whelan (Carroll 74), Hourihane, McGinn (Jedinak 89), El Ghazi, Adomah (Kodjia 74), Abraham.
Subs: Steer, Davis, Elmohamady, Hause.
Goals:
Yellow: El Ghazi, Whelan, Carroll, Hourihane

Attendance: 17,458 (2,135 away)
Referee: Mr G Eltringham

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Ticket News

Join our bumper crowd against Aston Villa

Be part of the action on Saturday

30 January 2019

It’ll be our biggest Madejski Stadium attendance of the season this weekend when we face Aston Villa. Our fans are heading to RG2 in their droves to lend their support in another fierce battle.

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“Our fans have suffered, but they come – they love this club”

30 January 2019

Almost two-thirds of the way through the campaign, there is work left to be done to ensure our survival in the Sky Bet Championship.

We were winners last time out on home turf; an impressive and dominant display against Nottingham Forest resulted in a 2-0 victory and a richly deserved three points. A performance which merited what it got, and the Royals supporters and players alike went home happy.

More of the same is needed, and our fans have answered the call.

It’s set to be our largest Madejski Stadium attendance of 2018-19 and if you haven’t got your ticket yet, then don’t delay. Be loud and proud in your support for the boys in the blue and white hoops and help play your part in a match to remember.

Tickets begin at just £20 for Adults, £13 for 65 & Over, £10 for ages 18-24, £5 for 17 & Under and £4 for 12 & Under.

For full ticket information for this fixture, click the banner below.

Aston Villa
Sky Bet Championship

Aston Villa

Saturday 2nd February, 3pm (Madejski Stadium)

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