Aston Villa have endured a difficult season in the Sky Bet Championship. Following last year's humiliating relegation from the Premier League, the club were clearly stuck in something of a losing run in the early stages of the campaign and as he failed to haul his side out of that poor form, Roberto di Matteo was sacked and replaced with Steve Bruce.
The former Hull City and Wigan Athletic man has been given money to spend in January and he's used that to steady the ship and lead the side to some improved performances in the second half of the season. Recent form has been terrific and the Villains have lost just one of their last nine Championship games, hence why they're favourites here at 4/5 with Ladbrokes
Reading however have performed above all expectations under Jaap Stam this season. The former Manchester United defender has enjoyed a terrific first season as a head coach back in England and despite pre-season expectations of a midtable finish, his side find themselves in the play-offs and unlikely to drop out of them in the final weeks of the regular campaign.
However, problems have arisen for the Royals in recent weeks, particularly on the road. The men from Berkshire make the trip to Birmingham this week on the back of four defeats in their last five Championship matches including a 7-1 mauling at the hands of midtable Norwich City last weekend. The visitors are priced at 15/4 with BetVictor
We're backing some goals in this game. Reading showed their defensive frailties at Carrow Road last weekend and Villa have the likes of Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan to make the most of them this weekend. Equally, the Royals have the quality going forward to get on the scoresheet here and that's why we're backing both teams to score at evens with bet365
That man Kodjia has been in terrific form in his first season at Villa Park. The ex-Bristol City man has racked up 19 goals in just 33 league appearances this season including four in his last three games. The Ivorian forward is perhaps the most dangerous striker in the league at the moment which is why we're on him to score at any time at 11/10 with