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Ahead of the game | Stealing the points against the Villans

14 April 2017

All you need to know about Saturday's clash with Aston Villa in our match preview

Aston Villa vs Reading
Villa Park
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 15th April 2017, 3pm

Reading's trip to Aston Villa is a chance to Jaap Stam's side to bounce back after a difficult last Championship fixture on the road at Norwich.

Saturday sees the Royals visit another one of the sides relegated from the Premier League last season, and despite an indifferent season, Villa have been picking up some strong results in the Sky Bet Championship of late.

The Villans are unbeaten in their last five in the league, winning four of those matches, so the hosts head into the contest in high spirits.

Tickets for this fixture are now off sale, however tickets will be available to buy on the day for an increased price. All on-the-day sales will be from the Away Ticket Office, which is located next to the away turnstiles on Witton Lane.  

For full ticket information for this fixture, click here.

"It's a big team with a lot of quality."

Jaap looks on to our Easter Saturday visit to Villa Park:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) April 12, 2017

Jordan Obita: "We’ll be taking a good number of supporters and we’ll be working our socks off to get that result."

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) April 13, 2017

Supporters’ Trust at Reading (STAR) operate coach travel to all away fixtures – click here for more information.

Otherwise, take a look at the map below for travel news.

Hosts Villa have been given odds of 17/20 to pick up three points this weekend, with the Royals at 7/2 to secure a win at Villa Park. Sky Bet, title partners of EFL, have placed the odds of a draw between the two clubs at 12/5.

Forward Lewis Grabban is at 7/2 to net for the Royals, with John Swift at 100/30

Scott Duncan
will be refereeing the contest on Saturday afternoon. The official has taken charge of two Reading games on the road this season. He took charge of Reading's 3-0 defeat away at Preston as well as the Royals' 1-0 victory at Rotherham earlier in the campaign.

Daniel Robathan and Akil Howson will be running the lines in Birmingham, with Geoff Eltringham as fourth official.

We wish to politely reminder 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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