Anyone for a Fergie Junior whip-round? Seems you can’t even talk of shooting an official these days, in this case, Andy Haines, without some busy-body relieving you of a four-figure sum… just what are things coming to?

Let’s also crowd-fund Jurgen Klopp while we are at it and give him true freedom of speech, in the light of his heartfelt complaint: “If I say what I think I would pay the biggest fine in world football.”

Well done to Adam Nunn for pro-actively supporting his referee at Leicester, as well as Edward Smart, another English assistant appointee to UEFA’s Elite panel, whose insistence over Lamela/VVD changed Jon Moss’s call in the dying seconds at Anfield on Matchday 26.

Keith Hackett, on behalf of all at YATR, wishes Moss, Smart and Andy Halliday safe passage on their quick return to the city of Liverpool this weekend!

Anthony TaylorTottenham Hotspur v Arsenal

Assistants: G Beswick
& A Nunn
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

Derby number 195 between these sides lying just outside the Champions League berths occupies the Saturday lunch slot for the cameras. Last season Spurs managed to beat all the teams they have drawn against this season, until it came to Liverpool away, which was the other way around…

It was also 100 Premier League goals up for Harry Kane at Anfield, albeit at his second attempt from the spot in front of the Kop.

All you need to know about Anthony Taylor:

Matches in 2017/18: 17 (8 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 6

Yellows: 65 Reds: 0

It’s 13 points from 13 away games for Arsenal, and as well as their much-publicised January acquisitions they did secure the extended stay of Mesut Ozil, who has more assists and chances created to his name than any other current Premier League player.

This just happens to be the highest scoring Premier League fixture of them all, too, with 143 and counting. Two of those came in Arsenal’s 2-0 win in November’s reverse fixture, refereed by Mike Dean.

The first meeting Spurs ever hosted ended 2-2 in the United League in February, 1897, and last April, 2017, Spurs won 2-0 at WHL, when referee Michael Oliver booked Harry Kane, Gabriel Paulista, Nacho Monreal and Olivier Giroud. Dele Alli and, funnily enough, a Harry Kane penalty, provided the goals.

Anthony Taylor last refereed Spurs in their 2-1 defeat at Leicester, having also taken their home defeat at the hands of Chelsea in August, which was in fact their first home league game away from White Hart Lane for 118 years, since they left Northumberland Park. Taylor has also refereed Arsenal twice this season: a draw (versus Chelsea) and a win (against Bournemouth).

Everton v Crystal Palace

Assistants: E Smart
& A Halliday
Fourth official: Paul Tierney

Everton can lay claim to the second most starting XI changes so far in the Premier League this season, held jointly with Newcastle United, whereas they have also given the most starting minutes to players under 21 years of age.

All you need to know about Jonathan Moss:

Matches in 2017/18: 19 (13 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 12

Yellows: 73 Reds: 2

The first time these clubs met on Merseyside was in March, 1907, when Everton prevailed 4-0 in one of five consecutive cup ties before the clubs finally met in Division One in 1969.

This season’s reverse fixture at Selhurst Park ended 2-2, while last September, 2016 it was 1-1 at Goodison, thanks to countrymen Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke. Coincidentally, today’s referee was a late replacement for a sick Mark Clattenburg and cautioned nine, with five from the home side.

Jon Moss has also refereed three Everton games in the Premier League so far this season (won one, lost two) and two Palace fixtures, the first of which was a home defeat to Huddersfield and the second of which was their 0-0 draw against Manchester City at Selhurst Park.

Robert MadleyStoke City v Brighton & Hove Albion

Assistants: M Perry
& M McDonough
Fourth official: Mike Dean

Peter Crouch still needs one more goal to become Stoke’s all-time Premier League top scorer, while his club’s recently appointed coach looks to address the worst away record in the division, which means 18 of their 24 points have been earned at the Britannia.

All you need to know about Bobby Madley:

Matches in 2017/18: 12 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 18

Yellows: 42 Reds: 2

The visiting Irish coach (Chris Hughton won 53 caps) can boast just two wins from the last 15, possibly ensuring this clash between 18th and 13th at least starts out as a cagey affair.

The first ever encounter between Potters and Seagulls took place in November, 1958 and ended 3-0 to Stoke in Division Two, while this season’s reverse fixture at the Amex ended 2-2.

The last Britannia clash was in February, 2011 on the occasion of an FA Cup 5th round tie won 3-0 by the home side. Howard Webb booked Marc Wilson and Jermaine Pennant while the goals came from John Carew, Jon Walters and Ryan Shawcross, who is today hoping for a 309th Premier League appearance.

Bobby Madley refereed Brighton’s 2-0 defeat at Wembley against Spurs in December, when he booked Rose and Izquierdo, and his last Stoke appointment was their draw at home to Leicester in November, when he kept a ‘clean sheet’.

Andre MarrinerSwansea City v Burnley

Assistants: C Hatzidakis
& S Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

It’s 17th place plays 7th in this 48th meeting of the clubs in all competitions. Burnley have not won in their last nine Premier League games, belying their lofty position, but have already kept as many clean sheets as they did in the whole of last season.

All you need to know about Andre Marriner:

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

Yellows: 47 Reds: 2

The Ayew brothers, reunited by the January transfer window, are due to go up against former team-mate Jack Cork as the Swans look to add to consecutive home wins over Liverpool, Arsenal and Notts County.

The first time the clubs met in Wales it ended 1-1 in Division Two, in February, 1931, while this season’s reverse fixture ended 2-0 at Turf Moor. Last March, 2017, Swansea won 3-2 thanks to goals from Fernando Llorente (two), Martin Olsson and Andre Gray (two including a penalty).

That controversial Anthony Taylor penalty award for Burnley has since been used as a case for VAR, but he also found time to caution Leroy Fer, Cork, Ben Mee and Stephen Ward.

The last time Andre Marriner refereed the Swans was in August, when they won 2-0 at Palace, but he has not taken charge of Burnley since they beat Bristol City in the fourth round of last season’s FA Cup.

Graham Scott

West Ham United v Watford

Assistants: A Garratt
& M Scholes
Fourth official: Roger East

This is only Watford’s new Spanish coach’s third Premier League game and pits 12th versus 11th in a season where a mid-table position appears to guarantee no security whatsoever.

All you need to know about Graham Scott:

Matches in 2017/18: 13 (2 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 12

Yellows: 26 Reds: 1

Neither of the goalkeepers, Orestis Karnezis nor Adrien, started the season as first choice. Neither started the reverse fixture in fact, David Moyes’s first in the West ham dug-out, which Watford won 2-0 with Andy Carroll’s elbow eliciting leniency from referee Andre Marriner.

The first fixture at Upton Park between these clubs ended 2-1 to West Ham in the Southern League back in December, 1898, while last season, in September, 2016, it ended 4-2 to the Hornets, who came back from two down. Martin Atkinson booked Simone Zaza, Sam Byram, Craig Cathcart and Stefano Okaka.

Graham Scott took Leeds 1 Cardiff 4 a week ago, and opted for a dismissal divided into two tackles over the initial straight red Gaetano Berardi might have expected. Scott also officiated West Ham’s 3-0 win at Stoke in December, as well as Watford’s August draw at home to Brighton and their 3-2 defeat at Goodison in November.

Mike JonesManchester City v Leicester City

S Long & I Hussin
Fourth official: Michael Oliver

Not only is Kasper Schmeichel up against his old team here, he will potentially also face France’s Aymeric Laporte again on June 26 in Russia’s Luzhniki Stadium as Denmark’s custodian come the World Cup.

This is game 115 between these sides and the first, in Ardwick, Manchester, ended 1-1 as Leicester Fosse came calling in March, 1895, in Division Two.

All you need to know about Mike Jones:

Matches in 2017/18: 10 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 16

Yellows: 33 Reds: 1

The last Etihad meeting was in May, 2017 and ended 2-1 when Bobby Madley cautioned three from each side and the goals came from David Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Shinji Okazaki, while this season’s reverse fixture ended 2-0 to Pep Guardiola’s team. That day Graham Scott was tested by a Vincent Kompany challenge on Jamie Vardy, when City’s captain was possibly saved from a dismissal by the referee taking into account the covering pace available to team-mate John Stones.

Mike Jones refereed Manchester City’s away wins against West Bromwich Albion in both Premier League and Carabao Cup this season, as well as their December home trouncing of Bournemouth, while the last time he was in charge of Leicester was in last month’s 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in which Ben Chilwell saw red after collecting two yellow cards. He also showed a red card to Rudy Gestede of Middlesbrough last week, a decision rubber-stamped on this week’s Ref Show by Messrs Hackett and Halsey.

Michael OliverHuddersfield Town v AFC Bournemouth

S Bennett & S Ledger
Fourth official: Lee Mason

This Sunday lunchtime kick-off pitches 19th against 9th and, despite looking ostensibly very much like a traditional English meat, potatoes and two veg affair, both clubs have Irish, American, Dutch and Australians on their books as well as sundry players from further afield, helping make this tactical battle an unpredictable one.

All you need to know about Michael Oliver:

Matches in 2017/18: 21 (13 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4

Yellows: 75 Reds: 4

The very first meeting did not occur until September, 1973 and ended 1-1 in Division Three.

This season’s reverse fixture at the Vitality, in which Lee Probert dismissed Simon Francis, ended 4-0, coincidentally the very same scoreline as the last time the clubs met in Yorkshire, back in August, 2014. That Championship clash was decided by goals from Marc Pugh, Callum Wilson (two) and Yann Kermorgant, with Scott Duncan in charge.

Michael Oliver has refereed these sides only once each this season, and both recently. He was in charge of Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw at Brighton on New Year’s Day as well as the 2-0 January win for the Terriers at Stoke, when skipper Hogg was cautioned as well as the hosts’ Moritz Bauer.

Craig PawsonNewcastle United v Manchester United

Assistants: L Betts
& R West
Fourth official: Paul Tierney

This second Sunday lunchtime fixture offers up the 165th clash between these clubs in all competitions.

Newcastle have conceded the fewest goals in the first 15 minutes of games in the Premier League so far this season… it’s conceding so many and not scoring enough themselves in the other 75 minutes they want to worry about.

All you need to know about Craig Pawson:

Matches in 2017/18: 17 (13 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 16

Yellows: 63 Reds: 4

In the reverse fixture this season they had let in four by the 70-minute mark, even if Dwight Gayle had put them one up just inside that magical first quarter of an hour.

The first encounter on Tyneside saw Newton Heath beaten 3-0 in Division Two back in April, 1895, and the last ended 3-3 in January, 2016, with referee Mike Dean clamping down on set-piece grappling on the part of Chris Smalling, who was cautioned alongside the late Cheick Tiote, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini.

Craig Pawson was in charge of that reverse fixture as well as two other Manchester United fixtures this season, both of them against Southampton, the last of which demanded he take out his book and take down six names. He also refereed Newcastle at home to Liverpool (a 1-1 draw) and away at Huddersfield (a 1-0 defeat). The latter game, back in August, saw him take the names of Lascelles, Ritchie, Hayden and Joselu from a total of seven cautions.

Referee Martin AtkinsonSouthampton v Liverpool

Assistants: P Kirkup
& S Burt
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

As one expensive former Saints defender returns for the first time, a former Liverpool defender welcomes the Reds to the South Coast as manager for the first time with the Saints in 15th and their visitors in third.

All you need to know about Martin Atkinson:

Matches in 2017/18: 18 (8 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4

Yellows: 62 Reds: 4

Before Mauricio Pellegrino’s arrival at St Marys, Virgil van Dyke was making headlines in stripes as Saints sneaked through a two-legged EFL Cup semi-final last season. In the corresponding Premier League encounter his shirt-pulling challenge on Roberto Firmino was just one hotly debated post-match topic.

This season’s reverse fixture at Anfield ended 3-0, while the last Premier League clash between the two here ended 0-0 in November, 2016, with Mark Clattenburg in charge.

The very first in Hampshire, in February, 1902, ended in a 4-1 FA Cup win, while that semi-final first leg encounter last season ended 1-0 thanks to Nathan Redmond’s goal. Referee Neil Swarbrick cautioned Jay Rodriguez and Dusan Tadic that night.

Martin Atkinson last refereed Liverpool in their 3-3 draw at the Emirates, when he only cautioned Alex Iwobi for a foul. He has yet to referee Saints so far this season, the last time having been October 2016, when they drew 0-0 at Leicester in the Premier League.

Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion

Assistants: H Lennard
& M Wilkes
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

Chelsea lead the Premier League for headed goals with 13, and in Olivier Giroud have signed nothing if not a prolific scorer of headed goals. The visitors, on the other hand, have signed a second Egyptian in Ali Gabr, on loan from Zamalek, to join Ahmed Hegazi at the back.

The reverse fixture, a 4-0 Chelsea win, spelled the end of the Tony Pulis reign at the Hawthorns, which may or may not augur well for Antonio Conte.

All you need to know about Lee Mason:

Matches in 2017/18: 12 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 16

Yellows: 26 Reds: 2

It’s now one win in 24 for rock-bottom Baggies, while Eden Hazard now has 66 Premier League goals, having become only the fourth to reach 65 in a Chelsea shirt.

The first time these teams ever met it ended 1-0 in September, 1905 in Division Two, and the last London encounter was back in December, 2016, also ending 1-0. That day referee Mike Dean booked N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley, Craig Dawson and Claudi Yacob while the winner was supplied by Diego Costa.

Lee Mason last refereed West Brom in their FA Cup win at Exeter last month, while he has taken Chelsea wins in the Premier League (at Leicester in September) and the Carabao Cup (Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge).


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here