Previous
AFC Bournemouth
Arsenal
0
2
FT
Game Details
Chelsea
Manchester United
4:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Levante
Barcelona
0
2
FT
Game Details
Real Betis
Valencia
0
0
LIVE 41'
Game Details
Granada
Real Madrid
7:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Napoli
Carpi
1
0
LIVE 77'
Game Details
Frosinone
Juventus
0
1
LIVE 84'
Game Details
Hellas Verona
Internazionale
3
3
FT
Game Details
Marseille
Paris Saint-Germain
8:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Next

Mahrez mesmerising at the Etihad

Leicester
Read

Premier League live chat

Boot Room
Read
LevanteLevante
BarcelonaBarcelona
0
2
FT
Game Details
Hellas VeronaHellas Verona
InternazionaleInternazionale
3
3
FT
Game Details

Prem fixtures give Hodgson headache

The Football Association and England manager Roy Hodgson have been left frustrated by the scheduling of two high-profile Premier League fixtures immediately before the national team's vital World Cup qualifiers, according to reports.

• Delaney: Tough start for Moyes
• Premier League fixtures in full

England, currently second in Group H, face a key double-header of matches early in the 2013-14 campaign as they aim to get their faltering bid for a place at next year's finals in Brazil back on track. They host Moldova at Wembley on Friday, September 6 before travelling to play in Ukraine four days later.

The FA held meetings with the Premier League ahead of Wednesday's announcement of the fixtures in a bid to avoid matches between big clubs being scheduled before international breaks in order to give the England players the best chance of preparing for key fixtures.

However, the weekend of August 31-September 1 will see champions Manchester United take on Liverpool at Anfield and Arsenal play host to local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

"You wonder what was the point of the meetings," an 'FA insider' is quoted as saying in The Sun. "The Premier League knew what Roy wanted but they clearly weren't bothered."

England's hopes of topping their group, thereby avoiding a play-off, could rest on their final two games. They will host Montenegro - who currently lead the group from England by two points - on October 11, with Poland visiting Wembley four days later. There are no major Premier League fixtures slated in the run-up for those matches.

However, if England do finish second and enter the draw for the play-offs, the first leg of the tie would be played on November 15, six days after United host Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.