Aston Villa vs Reading – Championship: Luck and competence gone by, Aston Villa is now free from the fiercer fights for the play-off spots.
They will hardly lose their spot until the end of the regular season. However, they have been going through a complicated period in the last couple of matches, dealing with some future concerns.
If they don’t improve, they will only play as an extra on the play-offs.
After some great results, Aston Villa stringed together 3 winless matches, with 2 losses on that period. It has definitely been their attack the biggest contributor for this poor moment of form.
Aston Villa failed to score on the last 2 matches, for example. Internally, they are banking on the home advantage to react.
Despite having lost on their last match at home, their numbers there are still very dominant. Knowing what they need to correct, playing against a team that isn’t intimidating, Villa is hoping to present itself better again.
Their manager Steve Bruce only has doubts about the presence of Neil Taylor due to a small contusion.
This has been more than an extremely frustrating season for them.
Reading, last season, fought for promotion, but this season they have lost themselves and they come into the final rounds of this Championship inclusively being at risk of relegation.
Reading only won 1 of their last 6 matches. The difference to the feared relegation zone is 5 points.
If it serves as any hope for them, the only recent victory for Reading happened precisely on the previous round. At home, despite struggling, they have beaten QPR by the minimum difference, which gave them some breathing room on the competition.
Of course, they need to make more to end any possible chance of being relegated.
Since they were putting an effort on most of their matches, their last win is expected to give them some more motivation.
They will need to withstand the pressure defensively, in order not to be affected by their matches away from home, something common for them, at the moment.
The manager Paul Clement will not be able to count with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, who is injured, and Yann Kermorgant, who is suspended. The list of absences by contusions is still quite big.
Aston Villa vs Reading – Betting Tip and Prediction:
This is an interesting game on paper. Reading needs points and they have shown improvements on the last round.
But will they be able to overcome themselves once again, showing competitiveness away from home? That has been hard for them.
Aston Villa is relaxed on the league table, but the negative streak brings some concerns for the play-offs.
On the other hand, the negative streak happened as visitors, since Aston Villa is able to give out good responses at home.
It won’t be an easy match, but knowing they need to improve, and relying on the home advantage, Aston Villa still deserve to be favourites here.