Aston Villa v Reading preview
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 24/08/18 11:30am
Aston Villa could hand a debut to new signing Anwar El Ghazi against Reading.
The winger has signed on loan from Lille to bolster Steve Bruce's squad while the Villa boss is also hoping to complete the loan signing of Yannick Bolasie from Everton.
Keinan Davis and Scott Hogan (both groin) remain out for Villa which had left them struggling for numbers up front. Glenn Whelan will be hoping to keep his place after being the only change for Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Brentford.
Sone Aluko and Mo Barrow are back for Reading after appearing against Blackburn. Barrow was a second-half substitute after recovering from a hamstring injury while Aluko started at Ewood Park.
Josh Sims is pushing for a start after a substitute appearance against Blackburn having joined on loan from Southampton. Reading are second bottom of the Sky Bet Championship without a win this season having blown a 2-0 lead at Blackburn to draw 2-2.
Aston Villa have won 10 of their last 11 home matches against Reading in all competitions (L1).
Reading have kept one clean sheet in their last 21 matches against Aston Villa in all competitions, a 2-0 win in February 2007.
Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia has scored in each of his last two Championship matches - he last scored in three in a row in April 2017.
Reading have won just one of their last 17 away matches in all competitions (D6 L10), a 3-1 win over Burton Albion in the Championship in January.
Steve Bruce hasn't lost any of his last 15 home matches in all competitions in the month of August (W11 D4) since losing the Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light against Newcastle as Sunderland boss.
Since the start of last season, Reading have conceded seven goals via penalties in the Championship - only Hull have conceded more (8).
Aston Villa may not have beaten Brentford on Wednesday night but the way they nicked a point with the last kick of the game will feel almost as good to Steve Bruce's side.
Reading, meanwhile, had the game in their hands at Blackburn but some poor defending to concede two penalties in the second half cost them a first win of the season. That would have been a blow to them, especially since I can't see them getting anything from Villa Park.
David Prutton predicts: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)