Aston Villa host Reading on Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways. Less than 72 hours separates their exhilarating 2-2 draw against Brentford and this fixture, which means a couple of changes in the line-ups could be on the cards.

The Villans have only recorded 8 points from their 4 games so far in the Championship, having played out draws against Ipswich Town and Brentford. The Biscuitmen, on the other hand, have just one point from their opening matches.

Signs look promising for Steve Bruce’s men as they have upstaged Reading in 10 of their previous home games against them. The visitors have won just one of their last 17 excursions away from home in all competitions, which isn’t a strong sign for Paul Clement.

We can expect quite a few numbers of changes to the starting XI as a part of squad rotation. Keinan Davis and Scott Hogan remain out of contention.


Ørjan Nyland will guard goal for Aston Villa. In front of him, will be a changed back line – due to time constraints.

Ahmed Elmohamedy is expected to shift to right back from the midfield role. Captain James Chester will lead the side’s defence once again, this time alongside the young Tuanzebe. Neil Taylor will occupy the left side of the back line.


Birkir Bjarnason and McGinn will be deployed at central midfield. They safeguard the defence, hit sweeping passes and play long balls to good effect. The former should replace Glenn Whelan, who played for 85 minutes against the Bees.

Anwar El Ghazi, the winger who signed a temporary deal from Lille, is likely to make his debut against Reading. He is quick, energetic and someone who eyes the goal from distance. 20-year-old Andre Green is another winger who should be given the nod as he fairly impressed in his cameo last time out.

Also to mention, it would be a smarter option to give Albert Adomah a breather before two away games at Sheffield and Blackburn.


The talented and inventive Jack Grealish will play in behind the striker. He will drop his lines, drift infield, direct the play and occupy the box whenever needed.

Having netted two in two games, Jonathan Kodjia is in a rich vein of form going into this fixture.

Probable line-up (4-4-1-1)


Elmohamady – Chester – Tuanzebe – Taylor

El Ghazi

Bjarnason – McGinn – Green – Grealish