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Ahead of the game | Victory at Villa in Royals sights

All you need to know ahead of the weekend's trip

24 August 2018

The Royals are back in action on Saturday afternoon, this time heading to Villa Park...


Böðvarsson well aware of Villa’s ‘quality’

24 August 2018

Aston Villa vs Reading
Saturday 25th August
3pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship
Villa Park

After being pegged back to a 2-2 draw against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night, the Royals will be hoping to go one better against an Aston Villa side that are unbeaten at the start of the season.

With the Royals' being defeated in the Play-Off Final two seasons ago, Villa suffered the same fate at Wembley back in May - losing out in a 1-0 loss against Fulham to prevent their return to the Premier League at the second attempt.

Off-the-field issues dogged the early part of Villa's summer, but they appear to be back on track for the season ahead, with two wins and two draws in their opening matches in the Championship this time around.

Villa have also managed to keep hold of star man, Jack Grealish, as well as bolstering their options with the addition of Netherlands international winger Anwar El Ghazi on loan, and a move for John McGinn from Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League.

They bounced back in midweek with a 95th minute header from Jonathan Kodjia that earned a point against Brentford, and they'll hope to turn one point into three against Paul Clement's side this weekend.

Reading were buoyed in midweek by the return of Mo Barrow off the bench, after recovering from a knock, coupled with Sone Aluko's return from the start at Ewood Park.

Tiago Ilori will be hoping to recover from a slight thigh injury in time to be in contention against Villa, while Josh Sims will be pushing for a first Reading start after coming off the bench for his debut at Blackburn. 



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Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, make the hosts odds-on favourites at 8/13 for victory in the West Midlands, with the Royals priced at 19/4 to bring three points back to RG2. The draw is available at 14/5.

Following his midweek brace at Ewood Park, Jón Daði Böðvarsson is priced at 10/1 to be the game's first goalscorer.

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If you can't make it to Villa on Saturday, we've got you covered!

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  • iFollow will be available for UK-based supporters to hear live audio commentary of the game, while international Royals can purchase a Match Pass to watch the game live for the equivalent of £5 in your local currency!


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