Aston Villa vs Reading
English League Championship
Date: Tuesday, 3rd April 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Villa Park (Birmingham).
Aston Villa fell off the automatic promotion race to Premier League after failing to register a win in three consecutive games. They were held to a goal-less draw at Hull City on the weekend which came after back-to-back defeats against QPR at home and Bolton on the road. The Villans sit at fourth on the log with a 9 point gap with top two teams. However, there is little chance for them to fall out from the play-off zone since the team at 7th place is sitting at an 8 point gap.
Meanwhile, Reading start their life under new coach Paul Clement with a bang. The Royals defeated QPR 1-0, thanks to an early goal from Sone Aluko which helped the team to get back to winning ways after a 9 match barren run. They will need a couple of brave performances like these as they are only 5 points above the relegation zone.
However, one cannot expect a massive improvement from Reading in away games, at least at this point. They have managed just 1 win from their last 11 road games and conceded 18 goals in the process.
On the other hand, Steve Bruce will be confident on his team’s chances as the Villans were beaten just twice at home this season. Moreover, they haven’t lost back-to-back games at the Villa park in the current campaign.
Aston Villa vs Reading: Head-to-head
Villa won 6 of their last 8 meetings with Reading in all competitions. But they lost the latest two including the reverse of the corresponding fixture at Madejski Stadium on August 2017.
There are no stalemates in the last 10 meetings between the two sides in all competitions.
Eight of those 10 games saw both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals.
Aston Villa vs Reading: Prediction
The Villans are desperate for a win on Tuesday to stay put in the play-off race, whereas Reading will be happy with a point on the road. Steve Bruce’s men are on a four match win-less run, but they are pretty solid at the Villa Park after having lost just 2 of their 19 Championship games this season. Reading rarely managed to pull away wins since December and despite their narrow win against QPR on Friday, they are bound to struggle in this fixture.
Correct Score Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 win for 8.00 odd.
Aston Villa vs Reading: Bet Tips
FT – Villa to win for 1.60 odd.
Both teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals for 2.40 odd.