Paul Clement has made three changes to the XI that took to the turf against Blackburn Rovers in midweek.
Tiago Ilori, Mo Barrow and David Meyler all return to the starting line-up as Aston Villa await the Royals on Saturday afternoon.
Jón Daði Böðvarsson and Sam Baldock continue to lead the line up front, with the Iceland striker hoping to add to his brace in midweek.
Liam Moore captains the side on his 100th appearance as a Royal - starting all of his previous 99 games as well - and Barrow turns out for his 50th Reading appearance on Saturday afternoon.
Aston Villa: Nyland, Tuanzebe, Chester (c), McGinn, Grealish, Jedinak, Bjarnason, Hutton, El Ghazi, Kodjia, Elmohamady.
Subs: Moreira, Taylor, Whelan, Hourihane, Elphick, Hepburn-Murphy, Adomah.
Reading: Mannone, Yiadom, Blackett, Ilori, Moore (c), Bacuna, Meyler, Barrow, Aluko, Baldock, Böðvarsson.
Subs: Walker, O'Shea, Swift, Sims, Méïte, McNulty, Kelly.
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