Football Focus - 21/02/2009

Manish Bhasin, Mark Lawrenson and Lee Dixon preview the weekend's football programme. Aston Villa's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in October was arguably one of their most disappointing displays of the season but Martin O'Neill's team have shown real resilience in their quest to break the monopoly of the big four. They will be anxious to make amends when the teams meet at Villa Park. Arsenal needed a last-gasp equaliser from Cesc Fabregas to earn a point at Sunderland earlier this season - another result like that will dent the Gunners' hopes of Champions League football next season. Meanwhile, champions Manchester United are aiming to do the double over Blackburn. Nigel Clough has been in charge of Championship outfit Derby for less than two months but his Rams side have already faced another of his father's old teams, Nottingham Forest, twice in that time and meet their local rivals once again. In the SPL, Rangers host Kilmarnock and will be looking to put the pressure on title rivals Celtic, who visit Motherwell. The studio experts will also reflect on the midweek UEFA Cup games and look ahead to Champions League ties, which include Manchester United visiting Inter Milan, Chelsea hosting Juventus and Liverpool travelling to Real Madrid.


  • 2009-02-21 12:10:00 - 2009-02-21 13:00:00 on BBC One London, BBC One West Midlands, BBC One West, BBC One Wales, BBC One South West, BBC One South East, BBC One South, BBC One Scotland, BBC One Oxford, BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC One North West, BBC One North East, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One East, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One Yorkshire,


  • Presenter Manish Bhasin
  • Producer Andy Gilbert
  • Presenter Lee Dixon
  • Presenter Mark Lawrenson