It’s a marathon week ahead featuring multiple televised live games, following Matchday 33, when Martin Atkinson came under fire for his performance in the highest-profile televised Premier League game of the season when Sir Bobby Robson’s former translator got the better of his former Barcelona captain.

Atkinson’s reward is a long bike ride to Turf Moor, although he will most likely opt for the transport provided. The only regular SG1 referees missing out on an appointment this time around are Lee Probert, Mike Jones, Neil Swarbrick and Stuart Attwell.

Mike Dean

Southampton v Chelsea

Assistants: I Hussin
& M Scholes
Fourth official: Roger East

This is the 101st meeting between the clubs, and game 102 will come at Wembley just a week later in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, the competition that first brought them together in Hampshire back in February, 1923, when Southampton won 1-0.

All you need to know about Mike Dean:

Matches in 2017/18: 21 (10 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 18

Yellows: 77 Reds: 2

The last time at St Marys ended 2-0 in October, 2016, when referee Mike Jones kept a ‘clean sheet’ and Chelsea won with goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, while the last time the teams actually met was in this season’s reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge, won 1-0 by the Blues.

Today’s early kick-off, however, pits 5th versus 18th and Chelsea did nothing to help their former striker Mark Hughes keep his last job when they inflicted a 4-0 defeat on his Stoke side at the Britannia.

Mike Dean was referee that day, when he cautioned Alonso and Kante plus two Stoke players, and he also took Chelsea’s 2-0 home win over Brighton. His only appointment this season featuring Saints was their 1-1 draw at home to Brighton in January, when he took the names of Hoedt, Stephens and Gabbiadini plus the visitors’ Solly March.

Martin AtkinsonBurnley v Leicester City

S Child & M McDonough
Fourth official: Paul Tierney

Kiwi Chris Woods helps roll out the welcome mat for his old club as seventh take on eighth in the 110th meeting between the clubs in all competitions.

All you need to know about Martin Atkinson:

Matches in 2017/18: 25 (12 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 6

Yellows: 91 Reds: 5

The first of those in Lancashire ended 4-0 to the Clarets in Division Two way back in January, 1898, while the last at Turf Moor also went Burnley’s way, exactly 119 years later, as Mike Dean oversaw a Premier League encounter won by a Sam Vokes goal and Matt Lowton received the only yellow card.

Leicester did win this season’s reverse fixture, however, thanks to Damarai Gray’s early goal in a 1-0 win refereed by Paul Tierney, who cautioned Mee and Bardsley.

Martin Atkinson took Burnley’s 2-0 win over Swansea (two yellows), their 1-1 home draw with Manchester City (five yellows), their 1-0 home defeat to West Brom (one yellow) and their 2-2 draw at Manchester United (10 yellows). He also refereed Leicester’s 1-1 draw at West Ham in November and their 3-0 home reverse to Palace in December, when he cautioned Ndidi, Maguire and Simpson as well as two Palace players.

Andre MarrinerCrystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion

S Ledger & S Long
Fourth official: Graham Scott

This is the third M23 derby of the season so far and while it is the first at Selhurst, Brighton are unbeaten against Palace in all five games played in the top flight. Andre Marriner has also refereed the previous two encounters, one of those being the historical English debut of VAR in January.

All you need to know about Andre Marriner:

Matches in 2017/18: 23 (17 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 19

Yellows: 58 Reds: 4

That game was won by palace old boy Glenn Murray but today it will be 17th versus 13th in game 99 overall. The first in London was a Division Three (south) fixture won 3-2 by the Eagles, and the last, play-off final aside, was December, 2012.

That ended 3-0 to the then leaders in the Championship as referee Mike Russell sent off Lewis Dunk and booked six others with the goals supplied by who else but Murray (two) and Owen Garvan.

Marriner took the reverse fixture this season, a 0-0 draw in November, as well as the aforementioned 3rd round tie and Brighton’s FA Cup exit at Old Trafford in round five. He also refereed Palace’s August 2-0 home defeat to Swansea as well as their home win over Chelsea and their home draw with Newcastle in February.

Craig Pawson

Huddersfield Town v Watford

Assistants: C Hatzidakis
& E Smart
Fourth official: Michael Oliver

This is game 28 overall, the first in Yorkshire having ended 3-1 in Division Two in April, 1970 and the last, in January, 2015, ending 3-1 as Chris Kavanagh dispensed two yellows each: Terriers Mark Hudson and Jack Robinson plus Tommie Hoban and Miguel Layun of the Hornets.

All you need to know about Craig Pawson:

Matches in 2017/18: 20 (16 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 18

Yellows: 71 Reds: 4

Huddersfield won this season’s reverse fixture 4-1 before both sides began a relative slump that has left them at 16th and 12th respectively. That day today’s fourth official dismissed Troy Deeney and showed a second yellow to Jon Hogg as well as cautioning four other players.

Craig Pawson took the Hornets’ third round FA Cup win over Bristol City and their 4-1 Premier League win over Chelsea in February. He also refereed the Terriers’ 1-0 home win over Newcastle (three of his seven cautions went Town’s way) and their 2-1 home defeat to City, when it was three yellows out of five plus a red for Rajiv van La Parra (following the final whistle).

Swansea City v Everton

Assistants: H Lennard
& M Perry
Fourth official: Lee Probert

This clash between 15th and 9th in the Premier League will mean more to Gylfi Siggurrdsson and Ashley Williams than to most, as they revisit the stadium at which they established their reputations.

It’s game 29 overall and the Swans have still only won three of those, with defeat marring the first occasion on which they hosted Everton, in January, 1931, the scoreline 5-2 in Division Two.

All you need to know about Lee Mason:

Matches in 2017/18: 14 (3 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 21

Yellows: 32 Reds: 2

The last Liberty encounter did see the Swans win 1-0, in May, 2017, when referee Martin Atkinson turned in a ‘clean sheet’ and Fernando Llorente hit the winner. Everton won this season’s reverse fixture 3-1 at Goodison Park, refereed by Jon Moss.

Lee Mason refereed September’s 2-1 Swansea home defeat to Watford, their 2-1 defeat at Arsenal and 3-1 win at home to the Gunners, and no Everton game since their 3-1 win over Middlesbrough in September, 2016.

Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth

Assistants: L
Betts & P Kirkup
Fourth official: Bobby Madley

Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic made comments earlier this season that may return to haunt him in what is only the 13th ever meeting between these clubs.

All you need to know about Chris Kavanagh:

Matches in 2017/18: 12 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 17

Yellows: 40 Reds: 2

The first on Merseyside was in January, 1927, a 4-1 FA Cup first round replay win for the Reds, while last season it ended 2-2 in the Premier League as referee Lee Mason cautioned Lucas Leiva and Ryan Fraser on the first occasion Bournemouth had managed to avoid defeat at Anfield,

the goals coming from Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, Benik Afobe and Josh King.

Chris Kavanagh has yet to referee either LFC or AFCB this season in any competition, or in any other season, so his televised Anfield debut truly marks a red letter day for the Manchester official.

Jonathan MossTottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

S Bennett & A Halliday
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

It’s a late kick-off for the 155th encounter between these clubs, the first one in London having ended 1-1 in Division One back in December, 1910.

All you need to know about Jon Moss:

Matches in 2017/18: 24 (15 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 16

Yellows: 85 Reds: 2

City’s last visit ended in a  2-0 defeat in October, 2016, when Andre Marriner showed two yellows to each side and each Aleksandar Kolarov’s own goal joined a Dele Alli effort to secure a 23rd Premier League win for Spurs against City, who comfortably won this season’s reverse fixture, 4-1.

Jon Moss refereed City’s 5-0 home victory over Liverpool, which hogged the headlines for the dismissal of Sadio Mane, plus their 2-0 win at Stoke and 0-0 draw at Palace on New Years Eve. He also took Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford and their 2-2 draw at Anfield.

anthony-taylor-2Newcastle United v Arsenal

Assistants: G Beswick
& A Nunn
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

While most readers will recall the thrilling 4-4 draw in this fixture back in 2011, less will remember the record transfer of Super Mac, aka Malcolm MacDonald, between the sides in the seventies and less still the name of George Eastham, who also undertook the journey from Tyneside to Highbury, only he did it in 1960.

This is game 180 between the sides, the first on Tyneside having ended 6-0 in Division Two in September, 1893, thanks to hat-tricks from both Joe Wallace and Bill Thompson.

All you need to know about Anthony Taylor:

Matches in 2017/18: 23 (12 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 7

Yellows: 78 Reds: 0

The last north-east encounter was in August, 2015, when a Fabricio Coloccini own goal gave Arsenal their win with Andre Marriner in charge. Santi Cazorla joined six of the home side in the book that day, alongside Aleksandr Mitrovic. The current Fulham loanee found himself dismissed after just 16 minutes.

Anthony Taylor, who refereed Arsenal’s latest FA Cup final victory last season over Chelsea, also took the north London derby won 1-0 by Spurs in February, and the Emirates fixtures against Bournemouth (3-0) and Chelsea (2-2), while his sole Newcastle appointment this season was their 0-0 home draw with Brighton, during which he cautioned four, including Yedlin and Merino.

Paul TierneyManchester United v West Bromwich Albion

Assistants: R West
& A Garratt
Fourth official: Mike Dean

Those moved by the recent passing of Cyrille Regis may wish use their search engine to reminisce over one of the previous 131 games between these sides in particular, when West Brom found keeper Gary Bailey in outstanding form yet still left Old Trafford with a 5-3 win in 1978.

All you need to know about Paul Tierney:

Matches in 2017/18: 13 (2 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 13

Yellows: 31 Reds: 0

Anglesey’s Gwyn Pierce Owen was in charge as Regis scored only one, a beauty, and saw Bailey defy him on numerous other occasions in the snow.

The first Baggies visit was also a happy one thanks to a 4-2 win at Newton Heath in October, 1892, another Division One fixture, while the last visit to Old Trafford ended 0-0 in April, 2017.

That day referee Mike Dean showed three yellows to each side: Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney, Allan Nyom, Jake Livermore and Claudio Yacob.

This season’s reverse fixture ended 2-1 to United at the Hawthorns.

Paul Tierney has only refereed United in the FA Cup (Yeovil, 4-0) so far this season, as well as the Baggies’ 0-0 Premier League draws with West Ham and Liverpool respectively plus their 1-0 defeat at Vicarage Road in March, when both of his yellow cards were shown to the opposition.

Michael OliverWest Ham United v Stoke City

S Burt & D Cook
Fourth official: Craig Pawson

The last time a Scottish coach faced a Scottish coach in the Premier League was December 13, 2014, when West Brom beat Villa 1-0… only for Alan Irvine to still lose his Hawthorns job just 16 days later, his next appointment placing him as second in command at Blackburn to the Villa boss he had beaten that day, Paul Lambert.

All you need to know about Michael Oliver:

Matches in 2017/18: 26 (16 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 6

Yellows: 90 Reds: 5

Once again they will be in opposition here as Irvine assists David Moyes and Lambert occupies the visitors’  dug-out. Moyes himself, at Sunderland, had been the only Scot managing in the top flight in 2016/17 and likewise Norwich’s Alex Neil in 2015/16.

It’s game 98 overall between the sides, the first in London having taken place in April, 1912 and ending 0-0. The last Stoke visit resulted in a 1-1 draw in November, 2016, when referee Andre Marriner dished out four home yellows and one to the away side. A Glenn Whelan own goal cancelled out Bojan’s effort at the right end for the visitors.

Michael Oliver took the Irons’ home 3-2 defeat to Spurs and their defeat at Everton (4-0) plus three Stoke games including wins over Huddersfield and Watford plus their 1-1 draw at Leicester in February.

Kevin Friend

Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur

Assistants: M Wilkes
& M Scholes
Fourth official: Lee Probert

This 1945 kick-off for Sky sees Chris Hughton welcome the club with whom he is probably best identified due to long spells as player and as coach at WHL.

It’s only game 26 between the clubs, the first in Sussex dating back to April, 1904 and a Southern League encounter which ended 2-2, while the last Spurs visit was in April, 1983, ending 2-1 to Brighton in Division One.

All you need to know about Kevin Friend:

Matches in 2017/18: 17 (12 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 26

Yellows: 39  Reds: 0

Wembley’s reverse fixture this season, meanwhile, resulted in a 2-0 win for Spurs.

Kevin Friend refereed Brighton’s defeat at Bournemouth after extra time in the Carabao Cup plus Spurs’ 3-0 FA Cup win at Swansea, as well as the Seagulls’ 2-0 Premier League defeat at the Emirates and Spurs’ 2-0 win over Huddersfield; their 1-0 wins over Palace at home and away, plus their 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Graham Scott

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United

Assistants: C Hatzidakis
& H Lennard
Fourth official: Andre Marriner

This 1945 kick-off for BT Sport is only the 14th time the clubs have met in all competitions. Defeating FA Cup holders United was arguably the making of Harry Redknapp’s name as Cherries coach in 1984, while the first meeting in Dorset was also in the FA Cup as United won their quarter-final 2-1 on the way to Wembley thanks to two goals from Johnny Berry.

All you need to know about Graham Scott:

Matches in 2017/18: 17 (5 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 16

Yellows: 38 Reds: 1

The last United visit went United’s way too, in August, 2016, when today’s fourth official, Andre Marriner, issued the game’s sole caution to Ander Herrera in a 3-1 win.

Graham Scott refereed United’s 4-1 Carabao Cup home win over Burton this season, plus their 1-0 Premier League win in the reverse fixture against Bournemouth. He also took the Cherries’ 0-0 home draw with Leicester and their 2-1 home win over West Brom in March.

Robert Madley

Burnley v Chelsea

Assistants: M Perry
& A Holmes
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor

It’s game 101 between the clubs, the first in Lancashire having ended 2-0 to the Clarets in Division Two in March, 1906, while the last ended 1-1 in February, 2017 courtesy of Robbie Brady and Pedro goals.

All you need to know about Bobby Madley:

Matches in 2017/18: 16 (7 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 20

Yellows: 47 Reds: 2

Referee Kevin Friend booked Matt Lowton, Joey Barton, Ashley Westwood, David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas that day, while this season’s reverse fixture provided a shock 3-2 win for Burnley, when Craig Pawson dismissed two of the home side’s men.

Bobby Madley refereed the Community Shield set piece Chelsea lost on penalties at the season’s outset, as well as their 0-0 draw at Everton, plus Burnley’s 1-1 Premier League home draw with Southampton in March, when he only cautioned a single player: Ashley Barnes.

Leicester City v Southampton

S Beck & D Eaton
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

Leicester boss Claude Puel will be happier to see some of the visitors than others tonight, having kept Saints well clear of the relegation fears that have dogged their season and taken them to an EFL Cup Final they were unlucky not to win in 2017.

It’s game 86 between the sides in all competitions, the first in the Midlands having been an FA Cup first round tie won 3-1 by the Foxes in January, 1911.

All you need to know about Roger East:

Matches in 2017/18: 15 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 19

Yellows: 50 Reds: 2

The last time Saints came calling was in October, 2016, a 0-0 draw presided over by Martin Atkinson, who cautioned only Riyad Mahrez.

Roger East refereed the Saints’ January 2-2 draw at Watford but has not been appointed to a Leicester fixture since their 3-0 home win over Watford in the Premier League last March.


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