Villa make three changes to their side for the clash with Reading.
Incoming at the Madejski Stadium are skipper Ron Vlaar, Yacouba Sylla and Barry Bannan.
Charles N'Zogbia drops to the bench against the Royals as does Joe Bennett while Fabian Delph is suspended.
This game represents Sylla's first start in claret and blue, following his January move from French club Clermont Foot.
Former Villa keeper Stuart Taylor starts for the home side.
VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar [c], Clark, Baker, Westwood, Bannan, Sylla, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Benteke. Subs: Given, N'Zogbia, Holman, Dawkins, Carruthers, Bowery, Bennett.
READING: Taylor, Pearce, Mariappa, Kelly, Harte, Leigertwood, Robson-Kanu, McAnuff, Akpan, Hunt, Le Fondre. Subs: Shorey, Karacan, McCleary, Morrison, Guthrie, Blackman, Henly.
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