Wednesday media watch [07.11.12 PM]: Lowton and Vlaar in focus
Express and Star: Ron Vlaar today claimed Villa's forwards have given him the best possible preparation for the Premier League's most dangerous strikers. The Villa captain will come up against Dutch international team-mate Robin van Persie and England striker Wayne Rooney when Manchester United visit at the weekend.
ClubCall: Aston Villa's interest in Gareth McAuley could bring forward West Brom's plans to offer the defender a new deal. Villa boss Paul Lambert watched McAuley and fellow defensive rock Jonas Olsson blunt Southampton's potent attack on Monday night - helping the Baggies keep their fifth clean sheet in ten Premier League matches.
Sky Sports: Scotland interim boss Billy Stark has re-called Steven Whittaker and Barry Bannan for the forthcoming friendly against Luxembourg. The former U21 coach, who has stepped into the breach following Craig Levein's demise, has left out Wigan's Gary Caldwell and Southampton's Danny Fox from the squad which missed out against Wales and Belgium in the recent World Cup qualifiers.
Best Of The Rest
BBC Sport: Sir Alex Ferguson has identified Real Madrid, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund as the main threats to Manchester United in the Champions League.
Sky Sports: Gordon Strachan has admitted that it would be "an honour" to manage the Scotland national team following the departure of Craig Levein.
BBC Sport: Roberto Di Matteo says every Chelsea player needs to produce "a perfect game" in their Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.
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