Match of the Day 2 (otherwise known as MOTD2) is a football highlights programme shown on BBC Two in the United Kingdom. It was created in 2004 when the BBC regained the right to broadcast Premier League highlights. Broadcast on Sunday evenings, usually later than 10 p.m., it is advertised as a "light-hearted look at the Premier League's action", referring to its more fan focused presentational style than the Saturday night version. Launched with an anchor of Adrian Chiles and analysis from two pundits. Adrian Chiles became popular in this role. In 2010 he was replaced by Colin Murray who left Channel 5 to take up the position at the beginning of the 2010/11 season and to also host the BBC World Cup coverage in 2010.
Colin Murray introduces highlights of the day's top-flight games, plus a review of Saturday's action, in Match of the Day 2. Premier League champions Manchester United begin the defence of their crown with a trip to West Brom. The Baggies were the only visiting team to claim a league point at Old Trafford last season, but their home record against the Red Devils is less impressive - United have won their last seven league games at the Hawthorns. The reigning champions have bolstered their squad this summer with the signings of Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David de Gea, and manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be hopeful of securing a fifth Premier League title in six seasons. Chelsea's first game under new manager Andre Villas-Boas is an awkward trip to Stoke, who were last season's beaten FA Cup finalists. Villas-Boas arrived at Stamford Bridge after a hugely successful season with FC Porto, prompting inevitable comparisons with Jose Mourinho, who led the Blues to back-to-back Premier League titles.
Colin Murray is joined by Lee Dixon and John Hartson for highlights from the day's three Premier League matches, including the game between Bolton and Manchester City. It's a quick return to the Reebok Stadium for City, whose 2-0 win over the Trotters on the final day of last season helped them secure a third-place finish. Premier League football returns to Carrow Road for the first time since 2005 as Norwich take on Stoke. Paul Lambert's side were the surprise package in last season's Championship, but they face a real step up in class against the Potters, who were beaten finalists in the FA Cup final back in May. The day's other game is at Molineux, where Fulham take a trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Mick McCarthy's men narrowly escaped relegation on the final day of last season, and his Wolves side will be hungry to get points on the board quickly this year. There is also a chance to catch up on all yesterday's goals and talking points.
Colin Murray is joined by Alan Hansen and Lee Dixon for highlights of the day's four Premier League matches, including Manchester United against Arsenal and Tottenham versus Manchester City. Champions United twice beat Arsenal at Old Trafford last season, in the league and FA Cup, and have strengthened their squad in the summer with the big-money additions of David de Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones. By contrast, Arsenal endured a turbulent off-season, with the futures of unsettled pair Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri dominating the headlines. However, the Gunners deservedly beat United when they last met in May and their encounters over the years have usually been tight. Tottenham are unbeaten at home to Manchester City since 2003, but were usurped in the top four by Roberto Mancini's side last season. Ambitious City have again spent big this summer as they seek to win the league title, with Argentine forward Sergio Aguero becoming their record signing. There are also highlights from the Hawthorns, where West Brom take on Stoke, and action from St James' Park, the venue for Newcastle's match against Fulham.
Colin Murray presents highlights from the day's two Premier League matches as well as a review of all the goals and talking points from Saturday's top-flight games. It is six years since Norwich and West Brom met in the Premier League - the Canaries edged a 3-2 victory that day but have lost three of the four subsequent Championship meetings. The day's other game sees Fulham host Blackburn Rovers at Craven Cottage - it was also 3-2 when those teams last met in March. A controversial last-minute penalty enabled Bobby Zamora to clinch victory for Fulham, which led to a red card for Rovers' defender Gael Givet, who was furious with referee Mark Clattenburg's decision to award a spot-kick.
Colin Murray introduces highlights from one of the biggest games of the Premier League season, Manchester United v Chelsea at Old Trafford. Between them they have won the last seven league titles and it was United's 2-1 win in this fixture last season that all but clinched the championship for Sir Alex Ferguson's side. Plus highlights from Tottenham v Liverpool, Sunderland v Stoke and Manchester City's match at Fulham, with City looking for a repeat of last season's emphatic 4-1 win.
Colin Murray introduces highlights of the day's Premier League game between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa. QPR won promotion from the Championship last season, so this will be Villa's first top-flight game away to Rangers for 16 years. The London club made a terrible start to life in the Premier League, suffering a 4-0 home defeat to Bolton, but since then manager Neil Warnock has brought in several experienced players, including ex-Villa full-back Luke Young and former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton. Villa lost two of their best players in the close season, with Ashley Young sold to Manchester United and Stewart Downing departing to Liverpool. However, new manager Alex McLeish can still count on the predatory skills of England striker Darren Bent, along with new summer signing Charles N'Zogbia.
Colin Murray presents highlights of the day's big game in the Premier League. Liverpool v Arsenal
Colin Murray presents highlights of the day's Premier League action. Fulham v Man United Newcastle v Aston Villa
Colin Murray presents highlights of the day's Premier League matches. Aston Villa v Everton Bolton v Birmingham Liverpool v West Brom Sunderland v Man City
Colin Murray introduces highlights of both of the day's Premier League matches. Birmingham v Liverpool Nice One Cyril Yesterday's Action
Colin Murray introduces highlights of the day's top-flight games, plus a review of Saturday's action. Manchester United v Liverpool Chelsea v Blackpool
Colin Murray introduces highlights of the day's top-flight games, plus a review of Saturday's action. Bolton v Manchester United Wolverhampton v Aston Villa Newcaste v Stoke
Colin Murray introduces highlights of the day's top-flight games, plus a review of Saturday's action. Chelsea v Arsenal Manchester City v Newcastle Liverpool v Blackpool
Colin Murray introduces highlights of the day's Premier League games, including the match between Everton and Liverpool. Merseyside derbies are usually fast and frenetic affairs, with the last 11 league games producing 19 red cards. Liverpool's Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Everton's Marouane Fellaini were both dismissed when the sides last met before Dirk Kuyt grabbed the winner for the Reds. The day's other game sees newly-promoted Blackpool host Manchester City at Bloomfield Road. While City have spent a fortune in the hope of becoming a Premier League force, Ian Holloway guided Blackpool to promotion from the Championship on a shoestring budget. Most pundits tipped the Tangerines to struggle before the start of the season, but there have been some encouraging signs from Holloway's side so far.
Colin Murray presents highlights of the day's Premier League matches, including an intriguing match at Eastlands where Manchester City welcome title rivals Arsenal. City won this fixture 4-2 last season but the match made the headlines for all the wrong reasons when City striker Emmanuel Adebayor - signed from Arsenal - incensed some of the Gunners fans by running the length of the pitch to celebrate his goal in front of them. Elsewhere, Manchester United are at Stoke, while Liverpool will hope to put their poor start to the season behind them when they play Blackburn at Anfield.
Colin Murray presents highlights of the day's Premier League matches, including highlights of two feisty derbies. First up is Aston Villa's clash with Birmingham at Villa Park. The Blues are on a horror run against their biggest foes, losing their last six matches to the Villans, including two 1-0 defeats last season. Elsewhere, Newcastle face their northeast rivals Sunderland for the first time since February 2009 following the Geordies' relegation to the Championship.
Highlights including Liverpool v Chelsea, Arsenal v Newcastle and West Brom v Man City.
Colin Murray presents highlights of the day's Premier League matches, including Everton's match with Arsenal at Goodison Park. The Toffees have made another slow start to the season and David Moyes will be anxious to see his side move up the table as quickly as possible. Chelsea v Sunderland Everton v Arsenal
Colin Murray introduces highlights of the day's two Premier League matches, including Fulham versus Manchester City. Cottagers' boss Mark Hughes faces the club that controversially sacked him last year, immediately replacing him with Italian tactician Roberto Mancini. The day's other game is at Ewood Park, where Blackburn Rovers host Aston Villa. Remarkably, it will be the seventh meeting of the clubs in a little over a year.
Colin Murray with highlights of Newcastle v Chelsea and Tottenham v Liverpool.
Colin Murray presents highlights of the day's two Premier League matches and a round-up of the rest of the weekend's action. West Brom and West Ham face north-east opposition, with Newcastle travelling to the Hawthorns and Sunderland hosting the Hammers. Promoted pair West Brom and Newcastle have acquitted themselves well in the top flight this season. The Baggies have won at Arsenal and held Manchester United at Old Trafford, while Newcastle put six past Villa and scored five against Sunderland. Both league meetings were drawn last season, and West Brom have not claimed all three points in 17 attempts since Boxing Day 1984. West Ham have taken 10 points out of the last 12 against Sunderland and already won at the Stadium of Light this season, in the League Cup. Having made a poor start to the campaign, West Ham will be desperate to keep that good run going.
Colin Murray presents highlights of the day's three Premier League matches, which were all derby games. There is also a chance to see the goals from all of Saturday's games in the top flight. Having struggled to beat Chelsea for years, Tottenham were looking for a third consecutive home win over the Blues at White Hart Lane today. Spurs' last victory in April threatened to derail Chelsea's title hopes and although Carlo Ancelotti's side were eventually crowned champions, his players will be determined to avenge that defeat today. Birmingham have won their last three league matches against Wolves, including the last meeting at St Andrew's in February when they had to rely on two late Kevin Phillips goals. Wolves had home advantage today although that didn't help them in their only previous derby this season, when they conceded a late Emile Heskey goal to lose 2-1 at home to Aston Villa. Bolton against Blackburn is always a fiercely contested derby match. Former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has not lost this fixture since he took over at Blackburn two years ago, with Rovers doing the double over
With the New Year just begun, who will start 2011 in style? There are highlights from the day's two Premier League matches, with the feature being Chelsea's match with Aston Villa. Champions Chelsea won this corresponding fixture at Stamford Bridge 7-1 last season, but Villa tightened up their defence to earn a goalless draw with the Blues at Villa Park back in October. The goals have dried up for Carlo Ancelotti's side after their blistering beginning to the season, but they will be desperate to get the New Year off to a good start as they bid to retain their Premier League title. The day's other game sees Wigan host Newcastle. The Geordies have a dismal record in away matches with the Latics and have lost all four of their Premier League matches at the DW Stadium. Roberto Martinez's side almost pulled off another victory over Newcastle in October, but they threw away a 2-0 lead at St James' Park to draw 2-2.
Colin Murray presents highlights from a huge day of Barclays Premier League action. There's the Merseyside derby from Anfield between Liverpool and Everton, and there's a North East derby from the Stadium Of Light with Sunderland looking to avenge their 5-1 thrashing they suffered at the hands of Newcastle. The third derby of the day sees Midlands rivals Birmingham take on Aston Villa at St Andrew's, while title contenders Tottenham and Manchester United meet at White Hart Lane.
Off-field events at Ewood Park have overshadowed Blackburn's season, with the new owners controversially sacking manager Sam Allardyce last month shortly after completing their takeover of the club. Caretaker manager Steve Kean claims he can satisfy the owners' demands and lead the club into the top five despite having only five million pounds to spend in the January transfer window. Today's opponents West Brom have more modest ambitions - avoiding relegation - but they have exceeded expectation since promotion last summer.