Reading vs Aston Villa
Date: Saturday, 2 February 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Madejski Stadium (Reading).
Aston Villa finally returned to winning ways after a thread of five successive affairs without a victory in all competitions.
Chelsea’s loanee and team’s best player Tammy Abraham inspired a 2-1 win over rock-bottomed Ipswich Town with a brace last weekend at Villa Park.
The youngster thus overtook Billy Sharp at the top of divisional goal-scorers charts as he now has 19 goals to his name.
Can Abraham be the catalyst for another Villa’s success on Saturday when the Lions travel to Madejski Stadium to take on Reading?
The mentioned win over the Tractor Boys returned Villa into the promotional contest. They are still just four points short of Derby County in sixth place and they need to pick up results from this type of matches in order to make it to the play-offs at the end of the season.
Reading vs Aston Villa: Head-to-head
The head to head stats completely favours Aston Villa who won 8, drew 1 and lost only 3 of 12 outings against the Royals.
Reading did manage to hold Villa to a 1-1 draw when two sides played each other in this term of Championship in late-August last year in Birmingham.
Five of past six head to head matches produced goals at both ends.
Reading vs Aston Villa: Prediction
Reading were just moments away from escaping the red zone on Tuesday. They had a one-goal cushion away at fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers, but conceded a 92nd-minute leveller to leave Macron Stadium with only a point in their pockets.
Jose Gomes’ troops are still below the safe zone line, but with only one point between them and Rotherham United coming into this weekend’s Matchday. They generally played solid football of late. They stunned Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the previous home fixture before a narrow 2-1 defeat to 6th-placed Derby County last Saturday.
Reading will be a tough nut to crack for Aston Villa who conceded way too many goals in recent weeks. The home win or draw looks nice at 1.75, while we BTTS has to be a stand-out pick at 1.53.
Reading vs Aston Villa: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.53 (8/15)
Reading or Draw @ 1.75 (3/4).