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Thursday media watch [25.04.13 AM]: Guzan ready to make more saves

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Thursday media watch [25.04.13 AM]: Guzan ready to make more saves

Birmingham Mail: Forgotten man Karim El Ahmadi has played his way into midfield contention for Monday's survival blockbuster against Sunderland at Villa Park. El Ahmadi has started just one Villa match - the early February draw at Everton - since the turn of the year during his frustrating first season for the club. But the Moroccan stepped off the bench to help the claret and blues recover their composure as a second-half substitute in the defeat at Manchester United. And El Ahmadi is now strongly challenging Fabian Delph and Ashley Westwood for a central role in the crunch clash against Paolo Di Canio's Black Cats on Monday evening.

Birmingham Mail: Brad Guzan has been the Premier League's busiest goalkeeper this season and he knows his heavy workload is unlikely to up in the final few games. The Villa stopper has made more saves than anyone else in the top-flight - a record that was further enhanced after Monday's defeat to Man Utd. The defeat could have been far heavier and with games against Sunderland, Norwich, Chelsea and Wigan remaining, further bombardment is inevitably on the horizon. Yet Guzan is not fazed and insists he will be ready for whatever comes in his direction.

Daily Star: Aston Villa are hopeful left-back Joe Bennett will be fit to face Sunderland in their massive six-pointer next Monday. Ex-Middlesbrough man Bennett, 23, was replaced by Ciaran Clark towards the end of Villa's 3-0 defeat to Man Utd at Old Trafford.

The Sun: Scott Sinclair could be off to West Brom. Baggies boss Steve Clarke is chasing the ex-Swansea winger, 23, who has failed to make an impact since his £6.2m move. But Albion may struggle to match his wages and face competition from Everton and Aston Villa.

Times: West Bromwich Albion are interested in signing Scott Sinclair, the winger, who has started only two Premier League games since joining Manchester City from Swansea City in a £6.2m move. But West Brom face a battle for the former England U21 player, with Aston Villa and Everton both interested.

Daily Mail: Fulham are plotting a summer move for Aston Villa's highly-rated defender Matt Lowton. Manager Martin Jol, who will face competition from Arsenal for the versatile 23-year-old, is willing to offer around £5m.

Sunderland Echo: David Vaughan believes one more win will keep Sunderland up this season - and he's hoping it comes against Aston Villa on Monday. Managers and players are notoriously guarded about suggesting points totals in case predictions come back to haunt them. But Sunderland midfielder Vaughan thinks the traditional 40-point safety target in the Premier League is likely to hold firm this season. And if the Black Cats can win one of their four remaining games - against Villa, Stoke, Southampton or Spurs - they'll reach that magic number.

The Gazette: Newcastle United have identified the players that can propel Alan Pardew's side back up the Premier League next season - if the club stays up. And Aston Villa frontman Andreas Weimann figures on Newcastle's transfer shortlist. United are monitoring Weimann's situation at Villa Park.

*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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By @AVFCOfficial 25th April 2013
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