Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(47) 34 Goals 23 (41)
(32) 21 Assists 15 (28)
(6.6) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.6)
29.8 Average Age 33.3
181.8 Average Height (cm) 182.8
(0.8) 0.9 Shots pg 0.9 (0.8)
(51%) 55% Aerial Duel Success 45% (42%)
(0.4) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.3 (0.4)
(1.5) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.2 (1.2)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Stiliyan Petrov Out N/A
Gary Gardner Out 6.04
Charles N'Zogbia Out 6.62
Joe Bennett Out 6.66
Chris Herd Out 6.82
Richard Dunne Doubtful N/A
Ron Vlaar Doubtful 7.05
Player Reason Status Rating
Jem Karacan Out 6.62
Alex McCarthy Out 7.15
Danny Guthrie Out 6.7
Jimmy Kébé Doubtful 6.91

Team News

  • A calf injury sustained by Ron Vlaar against Arsenal, with Villa's captain now a doubt for Tuesday's game, may well leave Lambert with somewhat of a crisis situation at the back.
  • Matt Lowton acted as cover after the Dutch international's departure from the game on Saturday and could do so once again, though Nathan Baker could also be an option to partner Clark, with Richard Dunne still unlikely to feature due to fitness concerns.
  • Darren Bent was back available for the game at the weekend but left out of the squad altogether and after an impressive point on Saturday changes look set to be kept to a minimum.
  • Brian McDermott will be pleased that, despite a defeat at Wigan, his side have looked more potent in attack with Adam Le Fondre in the side, while Sean Morrison is receiving some rave reviews at the other end.
  • With no fresh injury concerns changes are likely to be minimal, with Tabb and McCleary perhaps the biggest competition for places as they both hope to line up in midfield.
  • With Kebe still a doubt Hal Robson-Kanu should keep his place on the opposite flank to captain Jobi McAnuff.


  • This is likely to be one of the most important clashes in the midweek fixtures as 18th face 19th when Reading make the trip to Villa Park on Tuesday night.
  • The visitors have the second worst away form in the league, failing to win on the road as of yet, but Villa have really struggled in front of goal this season, with no side scoring fewer than the hosts' 10.
  • Paul Lambert, returning from a touchline ban, will see this as a must win game as the Royals have a game in hand over his young side and defeat would see the home team slip to just one place off the bottom of the table.
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