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Saturday, 09 March 2013

Reading v Aston Villa: Will Villa rule over the Royals?


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Aston Villa and Reading start today in the bottom three but there's only one set of fans heading to the Madejski with a smile on their faces and that's the visitors. You see Reading and Aston Villa have met nine times in the league down the years and Villa have won all but one of them. That should give Paul Lambert and his men great confidence, but they will have to dig deep if they are to leave Berkshire with a win bonus.

The Royals may be on a four-game losing streak, but Brian McDermott's men can get it right from time to time. January proved to be a great month for them, beating West Brom and Newcastle and drawing with Chelsea before seeing off Sunderland as we entered February.  But since then they have picked up nothing but pain.

Aston Villa have fared even worse. They have managed just six points from a possible 30, winning only once since stunning Liverpool back in December. Villa come into the game on the back of two narrow defeats against Arsenal and Man City so they will be feeling confident of getting a win today, but they will have to bring their A-game or face losing ground in their battle to beat the drop.

The smart money is on the visitors but this six-pointer really could go either way.

Reading v Aston Villa; Kick Off 3pm March 10 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

3

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

2

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

TBA

V

TBA

Everton

Chris Goodwin

0

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

2

V

2

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

1

V

2

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

1

Man United

Peter Johnstone

TBA

V

TBA

Newcastle

Greg Hall

0

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

2

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

2

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

2

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

2

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

2

Swansea

Jim Barry

1

V

1

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA    

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

1

V

0

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

2

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

3

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

2

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

1

V    

1

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

2

V

2

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

2

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

1

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

1

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

0

V

0

Panel Verdict

Draw.

Home: 9; Draw: 16; Away: 6. TBA 3.

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