Hello and welcome to my Friday EPL Preview:
The EPL 2012-13 season (last weekend) has been interrupted by the international break for all countries.
Tuesday's World Cup 2014 Qualifying Match:
England 1 Ukraine 1
England luckily won a point against Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday night.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe scored a goal for the Three Lions in the first half before the goal was disallowed after the referee had confirmed that Defoe had fouled a Ukraine defender.
|Disallowed: Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe scores for England in thfe fiirst half, before it is ruled out.|
|Controversy: The referee rules out Defoe's goal, despite claims that Defoe did NOT foul the Ukrainian defender.|
Ukraine midfielder Yevhen Konoplianka scored a spectacular 23-yard out strike in the 39th minute to give the visitors the lead.
|Amazing strike: Konoplianka scores a superb finish against England to give Ukraine the lead before half-time.|
|Not saving that: England goalkeeper Joe Hart dives to save the strike, but gets nowhere near the dipping finish.|
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley missed FOUR goalscoring chances in both halves after hitting the bar and missing the target.
England striker Danny Welbeck took a shot inside the box before Ukraine defender Yevhen Khacheridi handled the ball inside the box to give Englalder a penalty in the 87th minute.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard showed consistency as he dispatched the penalty from the spot to equalise for England.
|Nerve-racking: Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard scores from the penalty spot to equalise for England.|
Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard was sent off in the 88th minute after a silly challenge, as he was given his second yellow card of the match.
This was how the match ended, with England scraping a 1-1 draw.
Ukraine dominated the match, and England were always second best.
Frank Lampard came to England's rescue again:
Here is how the group table looks like after 2 matches:
1. Montenegro - 4pts
2. England - 4pts
3. Poland - 4pts
4. Ukraine - 1pt
5. San Marino - 0pts
6. Moldova - 0pts
Tomorrow's EPL matches:
15:00 kick-offs (unless stated)
Norwich City vs West Ham United: LIVE at 12:45pm
Arsenal vs Southampton
Aston Villa vs Swansea City
Fulham vs West Brom
Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic
QPR vs Chelsea
Stoke City vs Manchester City
Sunderland vs Liverpool: LIVE at 17:30pm
Reading vs Tottenham Hotspur: LIVE Commentary from 15:45pm
Everton vs Newcastle: LIVE at 20:00pm
I will do a LIVE Coverage of tomorrow's LIVE matches from 12:45, with a LIVE Commentary on Sunday for the Reading vs Tottenham match.
Everton vs Newcastle will be analysised later on next week, along with the first group stage matches in the UEAFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.