Confirmed Reading v Aston Villa line-ups: Bruce rings the changes, he's chosen two strikers

Madejski Stadium - general view

Reading host Aston Villa at the Madejski Stadium this evening...

Reading starting line-up: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Moore, Van den Berg, Blackett; Evans, Swift, Williams; Beerens, Kermorgant, McCleary.

Reading substitutes: Jaakkola, Obita, Samuel, Harriott, Gravenberch, Watson, Kelly.

Aston Villa starting line-up: Gollini; Hutton, Chester, Baker, Cissokho; Adomah, Jedinak, Gardner, Bacuna; Kodjia, Gestede.

Aston Villa substitutes: Bunn, Tshibola, Ayew, Westwood, Green, Amavi, McCormack.

Steve Bruce will be hoping to pick up his first win as Aston Villa boss this evening when his side travel to the Madejski Stadium to take on Reading.

Bruce took charge of Villa for the first time on Saturday evening, but saw his side draw 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers in what proved to be a disappointing performance.

Tonight, Bruce has rung the changes as five players – Micah Richards, Tommy Elphick, Aaron Tshibola, Jack Grealish ad Ross McCormack – are all out through form, fitness or suspension.

In come Alan Hutton, Nathan Baker, Gary Gardner, Leandro Bacuna and Rudy Gestede for a much-changed Villa.

It's unclear what formation Bruce will play, as Gestede and Jonathan Kodjia could play as a strike partnership, or Kodjia may be pushed out wide with Bacuna moving into central midfield.

Former Reading midfielder Tshibola is on the bench against the club he left over the summer, and he joins the likes of McCormack, Jordan Ayew and Ashley Westwood on the bench.

Meanwhile, hosts Reading are looking strong right now, and have lost just twice in the last eight games as Jaap Stam takes on another former Manchester United defender in Bruce.

After a 1-1 draw away at QPR on Saturday, Stam has kept the exact same starting line-up and substitutes from that game, with notable names like Ali Al-Habsi, Chris Gunter, Liam Moore and Yann Kermorgant all starting.

The likes of Callum Harriott, Jordan Obita and Dominic Samuel are all on the bench, along with Danzell Gravenberch and Anssi Jaakkola.

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