Villa v Stoke media watch [08.12.12]: Papers preview Potters
Mirror: Paul Lambert insists Aston Villa's Belgian bully-boy Christian Benteke is primed for a bruising battle with Stoke's twin towers.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert wants to mirror Stoke City's recent revival but admits it will be hard to match the achievements of their superior opponents.
Daily Star: Belgian bruiser Christian Benteke can ruffle up Stoke stoppers Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross today, insists Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert.
Birmingham Mail: Ciaran Clark will today take charge of Villa's backline and boss Paul Lambert admits it is exciting watching the ever-improving centre-half flourish.
Birmingham Mail: Charles N'Zogbia may be a surprise inclusion in today's squad after returning to training following a six-week absence.
ESPN: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes defender Ciaran Clark can shine in the face of Stoke's aerial threat when the two clubs meet under the watchful gaze of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni on Saturday.
Daily Star: Harry Redknapp wants Robbie Keane to save QPR.
Daily Mail: Giovanni Trapattoni will watch Ciaran Clark on Saturday with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert suggesting that England have made a mistake in not fighting harder to secure the defender's services.
Scottish Daily Record: Paul Lambert has added his voice to the chorus of praise for Neil Lennon and Celtic, following the club's success in the UEFA Champions League group stages.
Independent: Stoke boss Tony Pulis feels his Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert is starting to reap the rewards of putting his faith in youth.
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