Match of the Day 2

Match of the Day 2 is a Premier League football highlights programme.

Match of the Day 2
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Also known asMOTD2
GenreSport highlights
Presented by
Theme music composerBarry Stoller[1]
Opening themeMatch of the Day theme
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
  • Kelly Faulkner
Production location(s)
  • Steve Houghton
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time45–90 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Sport
Original network
Picture format1080i HDTV
Original release15 August 2004 (2004-08-15) –
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Match of the Day 2

It is usually broadcast on BBC One on Sunday evenings from 22:30 and is hosted by Mark Chapman.


Match of the Day 2 follows the same format as Match of the Day, with highlights of the day's Premier League football, followed by post-match interviews and tactical analysis.

The show originally featured a "Top 5" countdown based around a current event or a guest analyst on the show, such as "Worst Haircuts", "Shocking Refereeing Decisions", or "Golden Oldies." This was replaced by "2 Good, 2 Bad", which offered a humorous look at the goings on of the football weekend in England, such as embarrassing gaffes, unusual celebrations, intimacy between players and managers, or supporters falling asleep.


Ahead of the 2019–20 Premier League season BBC Sport upgraded the studio that Match of the Day, Match of the Day 2, Football Focus, and Final Score broadcasts from.

The facility uses a "4K UHD ready virtual reality studio." It uses Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 rendering technology.

The studio is located at dock10, MediaCityUK.[3]


From the beginning of the 2012–13 season, Match of the Day 2 moved from BBC Two to BBC One. The BBC stated this was because "of the increased number of Premier League games played on a Sunday."[4]

Occasionally, Match of the Day 2, either switches back to BBC Two or moves its broadcast time, to make way for other sporting events. These have included the Super Bowl, the Augusta Masters Golf Tournament, and the World Snooker Championships.

Featured analystsEdit

On occasion, some players are invited to appear as guest analysts. They have usually either played on Saturday or are out injured. Featured guest analysts have included Shay Given, Vincent Kompany, and Ashley Williams.

Some Premier League and national team managers have also appeared, including Sam Allardyce, Slaven Bilić, Chris Coleman, and Tony Pulis.

Furthermore, celebrity supporters have appeared as guest analysts. Musician and Manchester City supporter Noel Gallagher, appeared in February 2015.[5]

Premier League licensingEdit

2016–17 to 2018–19 seasonsEdit

In January 2015, the BBC retained its rights to the highlights until the end of the 2018-19 Premier League season. The rights cost £204 million.[6]

2019–20 to 2021–22 seasonsEdit

In January 2018, the Premier League announced that it had awarded the UK highlights to BBC Sport. The rights package cost £211.5 million and covers three seasons from 2019-20.

The January 2018 agreement also includes Match of the Day, Match of the Day 2 Extra, Match of the Day Kickabout, Football Focus, Final Score, and The Premier League Show.[7]


  1. ^ Stoller, Barry (22 August 2014). "Match Of The Day At 50: My iconic theme even has a banjo". Love TV. BBC. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  2. ^ "The Studios, MediaCityUK". Dock 10. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Match of the Day Moves Into Dock10's VR Studio".
  4. ^ "Match of the Day 2 moves to BBC One". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2018. The BBC's Match of the Day 2 is to be broadcast on BBC1 because of the increased number of Premier League games played on a Sunday, the corporation has said.
  5. ^ "Noel Gallagher makes guest analyst appearance". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Premier League awards UK highlights rights to BBC for 2016/17-2018/19" (Press release). Premier League. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Premier League awards UK highlights to BBC Sport" (Press release). Premier League. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018.

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