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Sunday slot for Score

Lance Hardy | 15:32 UK time, Thursday, 4 October 2007

Can anyone remember a time when there was just one top flight football match kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday?

That is the situation this coming weekend in the Barclays Premier League when Aston Villa v West Ham will be the only match in the top division to be played at the traditional kick-off time. Manchester United play Wigan earlier in the day at 1245pm and no fewer than eight games switch to the Sunday.

The Sunday switch is due to a variety of reasons - three matches are scheduled for live TV coverage, four matches have been put back 24 hours to accommodate Bolton, Blackburn, Everton and Tottenham all being involved in the UEFA Cup on Thursday night while Manchester City v Middlesbrough has been moved due to City hosting the UEFA Cup final at Eastlands next May and Manchester United playing at home this Saturday.

Due to this, there will be Final Score/Score programmes on both Saturday - when virtually all the Coca Cola Football League teams are in action, by the way - and Sunday. Final Score is on BBC One from 1600 on Saturday and on BBC Two from 1650 on Sunday, Score runs on BBCi via the red button and the website on both afternoons and BBC World will transmit its version of Final Score at 1730 BST on both days.

In terms of TV production, the two afternoons could not be more different to plan.

On Saturday we will have pictures from just one match coming into the studio from 3pm onwards but a busy afternoon of football will be displayed by the vidiprinter showing latest scores from 70-odd matches and half-time scores and results from something like the same number again. Please see the BBC Sport website for the 20 featured matches with Score reporters.

Meanwhile on Sunday we will have pictures from eight Premier League matches coming into the studio during the afternoon but a fairly inactive vidiprinter with just 11 league matches being played in England and Scotland. It promises to be an interesting weekend - for all sorts of reasons - all-round.

Gary Pallister joins Garth Crooks and Gavin Peacock on the sofa on Saturday and Coventry manager Iain Dowie is a special guest alongside Garth and Gavin on Sunday's show.

I hope you have caught and enjoyed the new Midweek Score shows which were launched via the red button this week.

Update 5/10 13:31pm - Read Paul Armstrong's blog on how Match of the Day are dealing with this weekend's fixtures here.

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