Aston Villa expected 4-2-3-1 v Reading: Senior trio omitted among four changes
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa could make four changes to the side that fluffed its lines in the 1-1 draw against Wolves on Saturday evening.
Tommy Elphick, Micah Richards, Mile Jedinak and Albert Adomah could make way for Nathan Baker, Alan Hutton, Ashley Westwood and Jordan Ayew.
Steve Bruce is unlikely to risk defensive duo Elphick and Richards after they came off injured during the second half against Wolves at the weekend.
Therefore, Baker and Hutton are likely to replace them in the starting XI, with no other recognised fully fit centre-back or specialist right-back in the squad.
Bruce might make one change to the midfield that was unable to handle the Wolves attacking pressure on Saturday, with Westwood most likely to replace Jedinak.
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Out wide Adomah could make way for Ayew, with Grealish continuing on the left, despite being lucky not to get sent off against Wolves.
Up top attacking duo McCormack and Kodjia could start, with Bruce utilising them in a 4-2-3-1 formation away from home, rather than the 4-4-2 he used at the weekend.
Villa have struggled on the road in recent seasons, with their last victory on the opening day of 2015/16 Premier League season at Bournemouth.
That form has continued in the Championship, with three defeats to their name against Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City and Preston on their travels.
As a result the Midlands side are 20th in the league, with 11 points from 12 games, with their opponents eighth and a point off the play-off places.
In other Aston Villa team news, Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway has been critical of the players mentality, ahead of Villa’s trip to Reading.