After their season of manager roulette ended with ignominious relegation from the Premier League, here was a hint of stability – even positivity – for Watford

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Last season Palace’s biggest weakness was the number of goals they scored. Only Norwich, who finished bottom, scored fewer (26) than Palace’s 31.

A 14th-placed finish was largely down to Palace’s strong defensive record.

Schalke was due to host Bavarian side Schweinfurt, but the game was called off on Friday following a complaint from Türkgücü Munich.

Türkgücü contends it should be playing Schalke as it was the local regional league leader ahead of Schweinfurt when the division resumed after its pandemic-induced break. Bavarian soccer authorities had already promoted Türkgücü to the third division for the new season, making second-placed Schweinfurt the best Bavarian amateur side at the time of registration for the cup.

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It’s early days of course and the remaining weeks of the transfer window will bring further upheaval, but Watford proved just about superior to a Middlesbrough team who you sense would be more than content with mid-table anonymity.

Trump’s executive memo on Aug. 8 involved deferring, for workers making less than $100,000 a year, the 6.2% Social Security tax taken out of paychecks. The deferment would last from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 and taxes would have to be paid back over the course of the first four months of 2021. House Republicans introduced a bill Friday to forgive the deferred taxes, according to a report from The Hill. Trump said in multiple campaign speeches that he would forgive the taxes if he gets reelected, and there are discussions at the White House of him signing another executive action that the administration says would make the deferment more effective, as reported by The Washington Post on Wednesday.

Watford were the more vibrant side before half-time before retreating after the break.

Middlesbrough saw chances come and go, with Britt Assombalonga their most dangerous player, but Watford showed a resoluteness often missing last season.

It is worth assessing how it has got to this point where the Belgium striker, who continues to flourish for his country as seen on Tuesday night when he scored twice in the 5-1 win over Iceland, has fallen so out of favour at Stamford Bridge.

Since that 2016-17 season he’s made cameo appearance after cameo appearance without ever establishing himself in the firm plans of a manager he’s played under.

Loan spells at Borussia Dortmund and Valencia – as well as the one at Palace – have come and gone.

The likes of Troy Deeney, Danny Welbeck, Ismaila Sarr and Will Hughes were among a raft of players absent here through a combination of injury, creditos rapidos y sin papeleos lack of match fitness or simply sitting in the departure lounge waiting for a move before the window shuts next month.

The payroll tax deferment was one of the four executive actions Trump signed on Aug. 8, with the other three involving what the administration referred to as enhanced unemployment benefits, an eviction moratorium and a continued deferral on student loan payments. The actions came as Democrats and Republicans continued to fall short of an agreement on the terms of a new stimulus package, which might include a second round of stimulus checks. That deadlock goes on, with a “skinny” relief bill floated by Republicans failing to pass the Senate on Friday. 

Senators from the Democratic party asked the Social Security Administration on Aug. 19 to analyze the implications of this permanent payroll tax holiday after Jan. 1, 2021, that the president suggested. The administration chief actuary Stephen C. Goss says in a letter on Aug. 24 if there is no replacement funding for that tax, then Social Security reserves would be depleted in the middle of 2023.