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Match of the Day is to return to its usual TV slot on the BBC's Saturday night schedule.

On the first weekend without any football on, Mrs Browns Boys initially replaced MOTD before the BBC decided to air the Match of the Day: Top 10 Podcast programme in the slot over the past two weeks.

The shows, filmed prior to the coronavirus outbreak, saw Gary Lineker, Ian Wright and Alan Shearer debate a number of topics in Premier League history.

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The most recent episode, ranking Premier League strikers, garnered an average audience of 2.1million.

And according to the Daily Mail, the BBC are working on a new format that will still involve a number of their usual pundits but is set to be focused around classic top-flight fixtures.

It follows on from the BBC airing a full 90 minute replay of England's win over Croatia at Euro 2004 last Saturday.

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Over a fortnight ago, FA Cup quarter-final classics with Guy Mowbray also aired across the weekend at 4pm, with the commentator looking back on four classic FA Cup games.

Over on Sky Sports, the popular Monday Night Football programme resumed last week and saw everyone's favourite punditry double-act Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher analysing two classic Premier League games in a special two hour programme.

'Monday Night Football Retro' featured extended highlights from Leeds 4-4 draw with Liverpool in 2000 and Manchester United's 6-1 victory over Arsenal in 2001, while the likes of Roy Keane and Lee Bowyer were guests via phone call.

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We're all missing live football greatly but at least we'll have something to help with our football fix until normality resumes.

Topics: Gary Lineker, Football News, Match of the Day, BBC, Football

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