Villa v Stoke media watch [07.12.12 AM]: Lichaj/Guzan in focus
The Sun: Aston Villa are eyeing Ghana star Derek Boateng. Boss Paul Lambert believes the midfielder, 29, who is impressing at Ukrainian side Dnipro, will boost his young side.
Sporting Life: Stoke boss Tony Pulis is hopeful striker Peter Crouch will be able to return to action in Saturday's Barclays Premier League game at Aston Villa.
Birmingham Mail: Villa keeper Brad Guzan has vowed to stand up strong against Stoke's aerial assault tomorrow. Guzan has bravely commanded his penalty area so far this season and will not be afraid to leave his line and collect crosses against Tony Pulis's powerful Potters at Villa Park.
Birmingham Mail: Ugo Ehiogu has advised Villa's kids to learn from experience - their own and that of others - if they want to achieve Premier League longevity.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert must decide if 5-3-2 is the shape of things as he contemplates how Villa can stop in-form Stoke at Villa Park tomorrow.
Birmingham Mail: Eric Lichaj admits playing as a wing-back takes some getting used to after an "awkward" introduction to the position for Villa last weekend.
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BBC Sport: Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester City are like a "little brother" who will never take their "big brother's" place.
Sky Sports: Fernando Torres believes Chelsea's attacking unit need more time to develop the understanding required to fire the Blues to further silverware.
BBC Sport: Goal-line technology was used by Fifa for the first time in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Thursday.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.
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