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Reading vs. Villa

The Madejski Stadium

24/02/08

12.30

On Sky

Royals vs Villa

I will be bringing you the action live on Fanzone as Reading play host to high flying Villa, in yet another must win game for the Royals.

Reading have yet to win since their impressive 3-1 victory over Liverpool in December, Villa on the other hand are having a very impressive season and are currently 6th in the table.

With the majority of results going Reading's way yesterday, today would be a perfect opportunity for the Royals to take a bit of pressure of themselves. But after losing seven games in a row, it is not going to be easy for them to stop the rot.

Vital Quotes:

Kevin Doyle on Reading's chances of picking up three points;

'It's a good chance for us against Villa and we've been poor away but we've been good at home.

'We beat them last year so why can't we beat them this season.'

Reading Team News:

Reading have 27 players to choose from, with only Glen Little and Brynjar Gunnarsson unavailable for selction.

Player to watch: Marek Matejovsky

The Czech international has really shown his class since joining the Royals and he has the ability to change a game with a killer pass.

Villa Team News:

Villa welcome back Gabby Agbonlahor who has been missing through injury.

Player to watch: John Carew

He is big and strong and his ariel presence will be a constant threat to the shaky Reading defence.

Match Facts & Stats

Reading are without a point since drawing with West Ham on Boxing Day.

Villa have avoided defeat in 9 of their last 10 games.

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)

Match Prediction:

This is a must win for Reading, but at the moment it is very hard to see us beating anyone. My prediction: Reading 1 Villa 1

Next Fixtures:

Boro(a) 01/03/08

Man City (h) 08/03/08


The Journalist

Writer: Chris Kitley Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 24 2008

Time: 10:38AM

 

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