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We preview Spurs v Chelsea and the Premier League weekend in our latest Podcast and also discuss England in Poland and the events in Serbia.

Our new Podcast is available to download now! On this latest edition, host Jon Holmes is joined by his colleague Rob McCarthy and the editor of, Sarah Winterburn.

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We take a look at the forthcoming fixtures in the top-flight as we head into Matchday Eight. Rob tells Andre Villas-Boas what Tottenham need to do to beat Chelsea at the Lane, Winty despairs at the continuing soap opera that is Liverpool FC, there's an assessment of champions Manchester City as they head to sixth-placed West Brom and Jon savours the prospect of a feisty Tyne-Wear derby as Sunderland entertain Newcastle on Sunday.


We hear England skipper Steven Gerrard's views on Wednesday's 1-1 draw in Warsaw, and then consider whether the Three Lions have any valid excuses for such a poor performance. There's cause for concern on the overall picture in Group H as Montenegro threaten at the top, while Sarah and Rob take a look at the new FA's code of conduct with the latter asking - why do footballers feel they need to be on social networks?

SERBIA U21 0 ENGLAND U21 1 (0-2 agg)

Jermain Defoe gives his reaction to the appalling scenes in the Euro 2013 play-off tie in the Serbian town of Krusevac, where England Under-21s were subjected to racism and intimidation. Rob demands tough disciplinary action, while all our team are unsure whether UEFA and FIFA are prepared to dish it out. There's also qualified praise for Stuart Pearce and his players as we look ahead to the draw for the finals in Israel next summer.


We consider Craig Levein's increasingly precarious position as Scotland boss after the 2-0 defeat in Belgium, with the battle with Wales for the Group A wooden spoon continuing. Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland are hailed after their gutsy 1-1 draw in Portugal, and Winty looks forward to one of the Home Nations reaching an expanded Euros in the not-too-distant future. Rob is not surprised by Giovanni Trapattoni being backed by the Republic of Ireland, while Winty thinks they'll struggle to get much change out of Sweden in Group C.

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