Birmingham Mail: Villa keeper Brad Guzan is confident Paul Lambert's bargain-basement backline can stop Roberto Mancini's megabucks strike force at Manchester City tomorrow.
Birmingham Mail: Brad Guzan goes head-to-head against a keeper he rates among the best in the world, admitting he "thrives off the adrenaline."
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert will take a roll call of players at training today before deciding whether to keep faith with his 'United' Villa team against City tomorrow.
Birmingham Mail: Gabby Agbonlahor has warned Villa they will face a very different Manchester City team to the one they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland insists there are no hard feelings between him and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini as he prepares to go up against his old club.
Sky Sports: Gabriel Agbonlahor has insisted his situation is different to other players who have left Aston Villa in recent years and he is fully committed to the club.
Sky Sports: Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane is considering a return to the Premier League in January during the MLS close-season.
Teamtalk: Ciaran Clark returned to Aston Villa hoping he has done enough to sow a seed in the mind of Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni.
Teamtalk: Former Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing has been told that he can leave Liverpool during the January transfer window.
Clubcall: Duisburg goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald is a reported target of Aston Villa as the future of Shay Give remains shrouded in mystery.
ESPN: Stephen Ireland is ready to make a sensational international comeback and has urged Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni to recall him to his squad.
Daily Mirror: Stephen Ireland knew the writing was on the wall for him the day Roberto Mancini arrived at Manchester City.
Daily Mirror: Aston Villa keeper Shay Given has put Celtic on red alert after admitting he still dreams of playing for his boyhood club.
The Sun: Shay Given admits he wants to play for Celtic before he retires.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.