Birmingham Mail: Villa boss Paul Lambert would welcome a winter break in the Premier League after feeling the benefits of the season stopping during his playing days in Germany. Lambert admits he reaped the rewards of the mid-season rest period during his spell playing in the Bundesliga in the mid-1990s.
Express & Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today added his name to the list of managers keen to see a winter break in the Premier League.
Birmingham Mail: Nathan Baker admits he finally feels he belongs on the Premier League stage. Baker is set to make his 20th appearance for Villa against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday after 17 starts and two subs appearances in the league.
Birmingham Mail: Forgotten man Stephen Warnock is set to return to Aston Villa after his initial loan spell with Bolton expires after their Championship clash at Peterborough on Saturday.
Bolton News: Wanderers are locked in talks with Aston Villa to ensure that Stephen Warnock will not be playing his final game for the club this weekend.
Goal.com: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has the potential to be "one of the best" according to manager Paul Lambert.
Best of the Rest
Sky Sports: Harry Redknapp's availability ensured there was a swift demise for Mark Hughes, says QPR chairman Tony Fernandes.
BBC Sport: West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie feels other teams have become more cautious when playing the Baggies after their impressive start to the season.
Sky Sports: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has offered no guarantees that Frank Lampard will see out the season at Stamford Bridge.
BBC Sport: Mario Balotelli's tribunal with Manchester City looks set to be cancelled following overnight negotiations between the two parties.
BBC Sport: Arsenal cannot afford to let Theo Walcott leave the club, according to ex-Gunners defender Sol Campbell.
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