Guardian Football Weekly Podcast: Midweek Action Ahoy – 22-12-2011

James Richardson returns for the last Podcast before the Christmas fixtures. Man City triumph again, in a rare sighting of Stoke without fire and Bolton do nothing to help Kean’s Christmas. Also news from Europe on fresh Serie A charges and the attack on a Dutch goalkeeper in the Eredivisie.  Get ready for Boxing Day!

Naturally, there’s lots of discussion about the fallout from the Luis Suárez verdict, and plenty of chat too about an exciting programme of midweek games – including the performance of the two Manchester clubs, Blackburn’s woes and Roberto Martinez’s switch to three at the back. Can 3-4-3 ever be used as an attacking system against a team playing one up front? Jonathan Wilson is not convinced.

Plus: match-fixing in Serie A part MMCVIIII, and what happened at the Ajax v AZ Alkmaar game on Wednesday night? Abandoned after 37 minutes, a keeper sent off and a team fearing for their safety? Dutch journalist Rutger Slagter has the lowdown.

And speaking of which, what Christmas would be complete without a visit from Sid Lowe, who takes us through the shock exit of Villarreal from the Copa del Ray.

There’s one last paper review this week and then that’s it until 2012. We’ll be back with a Football Weekly Extra ‘extra’ podcast next Thursday with our take on all the Boxing Day events. Until then, please leave your comments on the programme below, please keep them polite, and we hope you all have a very merry Christmas.

Published: 22nd December  2011
Produced by: Guardian
Length: 0hours 47 mins