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Football Today: Premier League gravy train rolls on, Norwich give themselves hope with Smith

The latest round of World qualifiers went to form on Sunday with one notable exception – Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo and co were beaten 2-1 at home by Serbia and must now pay for their complacency by trying to qualify through the play-offs.

Elsewhere, there has been plenty going on in the Premier League, particularly when it comes to keeping the money pouring in.

Premier League gravy train rolls on

The news that the Premier League is closing in on a record sale of its United States television rights will be music to the ears of club owners across the country.

ViacomCBS and Disney’s ESPN are battling with current rights holders Comcast’s NBC to secure a deal that could be worth around $2 billion.

It would be the competition’s most lucrative overseas television deal and highlights the impact the Premier League is having across the Atlantic Ocean.

The increase in the value of the rights will undoubtedly help top-flight clubs ease the impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Norwich give themselves hope with Smith

As we mentioned in Friday’s column, Dean Smith is the ideal man to replace Daniel Farke as Norwich City manager.

The Canaries appointed the former Aston Villa boss on a two-and-a-half-year deal after Frank Lampard withdrew from the race.

Smith did well at Walsall and Brentford before joining Villa, gaining valuable managerial knowledge that Lampard failed to garner.

The 50-year-old will find it tough to guide Norwich to safety this season, but he has the necessary credentials to bring them back up if they are relegated.

Monday football on TV

  • Georgia vs Uzbekistan – International Friendly – Sky Sports
  • Lithuania vs Kuwait – International Friendly – Sky Sports
  • Albania vs Andorra – World Cup Qualifier – Sky Sports
  • Austria vs Moldova – World Cup Qualifier – Sky Sports
  • Israel vs Faroe Islands – World Cup Qualifier – Sky Sports
  • Northern Ireland vs Italy – World Cup Qualifier – Sky Sports
  • Poland vs Hungary – World Cup Qualifier – Sky Sports
  • San Marino vs England – World Cup Qualifier – ITV
  • Scotland vs Denmark – World Cup Qualifier – Sky Sports
  • Switzerland vs Bulgaria – World Cup Qualifier – Sky Sports

One to watch

Harry Maguire came in for plenty of criticism over his goal celebration against Albania. Will he double down with another if he hits the target in San Marino?

Prediction

Portugal messed up a nice five-fold yesterday.

If you must have an interest in this evening’s fixtures, back the first half to have the most goals at odds of 9/5 in the San Marino vs England game.

Read more: Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals failed Tottenham Hotspur move.

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