Setting the Table: AVFC News and Links for August 20, 2013

Clive Mason

Daily Aston Villa links: Darren Bent is angry about his Birmingham exit, Villa are causing suffering in the air, and more.

You may have noticed in yesterday's Setting the Table that I hinted things might be expanding. I referenced the "Monday edition" in a few posts. Well, here you have it. Our goal is to make this a place where you can come for your morning dose of Aston Villa news and links. But we'll also bring you links from elsewhere that we just happen to find interesting.

And don't be afraid to think of this as your open thread for the day. Talk about anything in the comments, football or otherwise. Our hope is that Setting the Table becomes the central point for our community at 7500 to Holte. The format will probably be tweaked in the next few weeks, but the idea will remain the same. Anyhow, on to the links!

Darren Bent is unhappy about the way Paul Lambert treated him | The Telegraph

Hard to blame him, honestly. If there's one thing that I'm not totally in love with when it comes to Lambert, it's his propensity to freeze out players super quickly. That said, Bent is deluding himself if he thinks he'll be back on the national squad for the World Cup.

Aston Villa beat Arsenal with better shots, but Arsenal's troubles didn't hurt either | WhoScored

A pretty good look at what exactly led to Aston Villa winning on Saturday. Don't be fooled by the headline, this article is as much about Aston Villa as it is about Arsenal. Also, take note of the stuff on Fabian Delph.

Baker injury could keep him out through the weekend | Birmingham Mail

Nathan Baker's twisted ankle doesn't look to be too bad, but it may keep him out through the Chelsea and Liverpool matches. Thank heavens Jores Okore is here.

Oxlade-Chamberlain may miss six months | Daily Mail

At least Baker didn't get hurt this badly. Yeah, Ox led to the first only goal Arsenal scored, but he's a fun guy to watch and I hope he recovers quickly.

AVTV will now be on airplanes | AVFC Official Site

So if you see more planes falling out of the sky, you now know why.

Lambert finds that dressing nicely... suits him | AVFC Official Site

The gaffer has decided to switch to suits. Mostly because, as we all know, every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man.

NBC deal will help spread the EPL to a much larger audience | The Independent

A nice look at why the NBC deal matters, and why it happened when it did.

NBC's coverage was actually pretty decent | The Short Fuse

I'd mostly agree with pdb here. Sure, there were some glitches in the online stream, but overall, I was pretty happy.

Professional football is a lot harder when you're not making millions | Pacific Standard Magazine

Finally, this is a bit old, but I don't think a ton of people have seen it. Turns out that being a professional footballer is a lot more difficult when you're not afforded the luxuries of a major club. Penned by Colorado Rapids keeper Clint Irwin.

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