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Match pack: Aston Villa v Reading

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Match pack: Aston Villa v Reading

Game details

Game: Aston Villa v Reading
Date: Saturday 25th August 2018
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: 3pm

At a glance

Aston Villa host Reading in part two of their home double header looking to maintain an unbeaten start to the 2018/19 campaign.

Despite an overall quality performance in midweek, that undefeated streak was tested to the limit against Brentford, requiring another last-gasp goal at the Holte End to salvage a result.

The equalising strike on Wednesday night came from the in-form man Jonathan Kodjia, who now has three goals in two matches to his name and is looking every bit the player who hit the target 19 times in the 2016/17 season again.

Today, Steve Bruce's side can make it 11 points from 15 should they beat Reading, who've endured a tough start to the Sky Bet Championship this time around – not winning in any of their opening four encounters.

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Team news

Bruce is expected to make a couple of changes from the Brentford match, with this now our fourth game in 12 days.

Alan Hutton is the only doubt from the matchday squad that has been named for the last three Championship games. He suffered a broken nose against the Bees on Wednesday, but is still hopeful of playing a part against Reading.

The fixture still comes too soon for both Keinan Davis and Scott Hogan, who haven't played a competitive match this season.

But new signing Anwar El Ghazi could be available to make his debut – providing international clearance is received in time.

Yannick Bolasie is currently nursing an injury and is unlikely to be available before the start of the upcoming international break, which takes place after our trip to Sheffield United next week.

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Ways to watch

Video coverage of our match against Reading will be available to ALL AVTV Live international subscribers this weekend.

As the game isn't being screened by any UK or external broadcasters, we have full rights to show video coverage for our clash with the Royals internationally.

AVTV Live International Plus subscriptions – available in the below countries – allow video streaming of all 46 of our Sky Bet Championship games this season.

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Audio coverage is available to everyone as normal, including in the UK, Ireland and Channel Isles.

Click here for a full breakdown of the new AVTV Live packages.

Extended highlights will be available on our Official YouTube channel from 12pm on Sunday 26th August.

Ongoing AVTV Live feed issues

We’d like to apologize to fans for our AVTV Live coverage of the Wigan and Ipswich games so far this season – and to explain the situation that has arisen with the service.

Unfortunately, the problems we have faced have been out of our control. We are reliant on various best-in-class providers who have struggled to deliver a complex cross-party solution.

It’s fair to say the service is nowhere near where we’d have liked it to be at this point in the season but there have been some extenuating circumstances.

Click here for the full explanation on the issues and their subsequent impact on upcoming games

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The manager

Steve Bruce 

"They're undergoing change and they've gone from opposite ends of the scale in recent times.

"They've changed from the way they were under Jaap Stam – open, expansive and built on passing ability. That nearly got them out of the division.

"Now they've got Paul Clement, and the other night played a 4-4-2 and a bit more rigid and solid defensively.

"It's a typical Championship game for us, going from the challenge of Brentford to Reading. 

"It's a different style of opposition and it'll be a difficult game."

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The opposition

Paul Clement

"It is going to be a really tough game, but we’re going to go there with belief and with the aim of getting something out of the game.

"We’ll really try to win it. If we don’t, we’ll try to not lose it and get at least another point on the board. And then, looking beyond that, we’re back at home for two games on the spin which I’m looking forward to.

"As I said, it’s a tough game. But every game is so tough. Every game is so competitive and we don’t expect any different on Saturday.

"And I’m sure they won’t be expecting an easy ride from us either. It’s a hard game for us. A hard game for them.

"This team will get better and better. We'll keep working hard for what we want. And we'll never give in. They are the messages I’m sending to these players."

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Tickets 

Tickets are on general sale and available to be purchased up until kick-off on Saturday. 

We have 32,000 locked in for our latest game at Villa Park this afternoon!

Click here to buy online.

Prices are £20-£33 for adults, £15-£20 for concessions, £10-£17 for U21s, £5-£10 for U18s and £45-£55 for a Family Package – which includes two adults and two U18s in selected areas of the stadium.

We recommend purchasing your tickets online to avoid queues in the build-up to the match. That way you can upload straight to your Membership card or use the print-at-home ticket service.

Tickets can be collected from the Villa Village Ticket Office up to 12.30pm on matchday.

After that, tickets can only be collected from the Trinity Road Ticket Office, which will open at 1pm.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 25th August 2018