Let’s take a look at the referees on duty in week 3 of the  Premier League this weekend.

Mike Dean


Bournemouth v Manchester City
26/08 – 3pm

Assistants: S Long & I Hussin
Fourth official: Lee Probert

So there was Jermain Defoe expecting to come up against old Spurs and England mucker Kyle Walker. And then Dominic Calvert-Lewin happened and Walker walked, in the harshest of calls resulting in a second yellow at the Etihad.

[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Mike Dean

Matches in 2017/18: 1 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2
Yellows: 1 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]

John Bond managed both of these clubs and it was not until 1970/71 that the Cherries adopted the AC Milan kit to replace red shirt and white shorts, while City managed actually to knock the real AC Milan out of the UEFA Cup only seven years later.

Possibly the hosts’ lesser publicised summer acquisition could yet prove to be the most vital, and it came in the goalkeeping department. Asmir Begovic has deposed Artur Boruc to strengthen Bournemouth’s claims to belong in the top flight after a sudden decline blotted their copybook last season.

Ake and Defoe also give Bournemouth’s spine a reassuring look at full strength, while for City it looks like three at the back is here to stay, regardless of the result of this second of Guardiola’s visits to the south coast in three weeks.

Mike Dean returns for Matchweek 3 having kicked off the Premier League season with a heart-in-the-mouth Emirates opener moderated with customary calm. Maybe he will cock an ear whenever Harry Arter goes by, just for those extra brownie points this week. Lee Probert continues his welcome return to the top flight with a stint in the Vitality Stadium technical area.

Andre Marriner


Crystal Palace v Swansea City
26/08 – 3pm

Assistants: S Beck & M McDonough
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

Dutchmen Mike van der Hoorn, Luciano Narsingh, Leroy Fer, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Patrick van Aanholt and Jairo Riedewald can all go for a pre-match tiptoe through the tulips together, while opponents for the day Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham are more familiar with sharing a Cobham dressing room, 15 miles away in Surrey, where their parent club, Chelsea train.

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Matches in 2017/18: 2 (2 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 0
Yellows: 3 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]

Having been nominated such an early favourite to leave his Premier League post, Frank De Boer will be looking to put a disastrous home debut firmly behind him, while the mercurial Swansea wide man Wayne Routledge returns to his schoolboy stomping ground. De Boer will need and expect Christian Benteke not to go missing any more sitters the like of which he missed at Anfield, both recently and not so recently.

Andre Marriner, a FIFA ref since 2005, presumably followed his Matchweek 1 red card for Shelvey with hearty congratulations for Simon Beck, who correctly caught a stray Lacazette toe offside at Stoke. Beck is back at Selhurst Park, too, just for that extra peace of mind.


Huddersfield Town v Southampton
26/08 – 3pm

Assistants: P Kirkup & M Perry
Fourth official: Geoff Eltringham

The Terriers’ star signing, Steve Mounie, who hails from Benin, will see a familiar face from his national squad in full-back Richard Bakary, who has been with the Saints’ academy since 2014. If Bakary travels, that is.

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Matches in 2017/18: 0 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 1
Yellows: 0 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]

The last four times these clubs met came in consecutive League One seasons in 2009/10 and 2010/11. Fortunes duly swung according to home advantage, the last being a 4-1 Saints win with Lambert and Oxlade-Chamberlain among the scorers. Plenty of yellow cards, too, but no red.

This is the tenth season since the infamous ‘ghost goal’ awarded to Reading at Watford by the man in the middle at the John Smiths this afternoon. So, let’s raise a glass to the man who awarded it and refused to let a call ultimately made by assistant Nigel Bannister define him.

Neil Swarbrick


Newcastle United v West Ham
26/08 – 3pm

Assistants: D Cann & S Ledger
Fourth official: Mike Jones

It’s the last fixture on the road for West Ham before the London Stadium is finally due to welcome Huddersfield, following an unforgiving circuit including Old Trafford, St Mary’s, and, erm, Whaddon Road prior to St James. It really could be now or never for the Irons to get scores on doors as consecutive matches against City, Chelsea and Arsenal lay in wait before too long.

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Matches in 2017/18: 1 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2
Yellows: 2 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]

Links-wise, long before Andy Carroll and current Notts County boss Kevin Nolan, there was Paul Goddard, who, besides making his move in the opposite direction to Carroll, returned briefly to West Ham as assistant to fellow former Magpie Glenn Roeder, with relegation the outcome.

Newcastle hardly need reminding about relegation, of course, but you’ll never guess the ref the last time West Ham came calling at this level: Neil Swarbrick! That day in January, 2016, Newcastle recorded a rare win under Steve McClaren and only one yellow card was required, for the home goalkeeper, still in situ, Robert Elliott.

Graham Scott


Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion
26/08 – 3pm

Assistants: R West & D Eaton
Fourth official: Robert Madley

Slavisa Jokanovic’s Watford memorably clinched promotion at Brighton’s Amex Stadium just over two years ago against Chris Hughton’s men. The last meeting at Vicarage Road, however, was drawn, and vice-captain Lewis Dunk is still around to remind the dressing room of his header in one of Sami Hyypia’s 22 league games in charge.

[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Graham Scott

Matches in 2017/18: 0 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 1
Yellows: 0 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]

A newly dynamic Watford as YATR columnist Danny Murphy has pointed out, now possess pace and options on the bench and up front. And while the home of the visiting Seagulls has been transformed into the soul of managerial stability since Hyypia’s time, Watford are nothing if not used to seeing a different occupant of the dug-out each new season.

Since the replacement of Walter Mazzarri by Marco da Silva the Hornets have undoubtedly been strengthened by the arrival of Will Hughes and Andre Gray, among others.
Failing any significant senior player connections, the clubs do, however, share another link, through moribund sportswear manufacturers Bukta, who provided both clubs with kit up until 1980 (in Brighton’s case) and the early nineties for Watford.

Graham Scott managed to get one English word, at least, out of Mazzarri, after he sent off Roberto Pereyra as Watford succumbed at the Hawthorns last season. Unfortunately, that word was ‘terrible’, which all at YATR would refute, given the team’s frequent calls for his selection!

Michael Oliver


Manchester United v Leicester City
26/08 – 5.30pm

Assistants: S Bennett & C Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Craig Pawson

Leicester still retain a knot of former United fringe players in Danny Simpson, Danny Drinkwater and Matty James, but the speculation linking former Manchester City keeper Kasper with a return to the scene of his father’s greatest days appears to have gone away as the locals plan for another season of De Gea between the sticks.

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Matches in 2017/18: 1 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 1
Yellows: 2 Reds:0[/quote_box_right]

The bigger question by far, however, is: will the Wes Morgan ‘timber’ tactic catch on? We all saw him during Leicester’s home win over Brighton, avoiding a penalty decision going against him by falling in the path of the ball with arms conspicuously placed behind his back, and in so doing, sticking to pre-season PGMO advice, presumably, to the letter.

Who knows whether Michael Oliver had Jose Mourinho in his ear following his Monday night assignment in Manchester. Even if he did it won’t have had quite the pleasantly warming effect he will have experienced from Pep Guardiola as he was invited to explain one or two of his colleague Madley’s decisions on the night.


Chelsea v Everton
27/08 – 1.30pm

Assistants: E Smart & A Halliday
Fourth official: Andre Marriner

With Romelu Lukaku finally out of both teams’ hair, the connections are scant indeed, unless you count these clubs’ respective historical royal blue and white kits.

[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Jonathan Moss

Matches in 2017/18: 2 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 0
Yellows: 6 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]

Everton pulled off an FA Cup quarter-final shock by knocking out Chelsea under Roberto Martinez in 2016, which marked the first visit to Goodison of Farhad Moshiri, and it is his spending this summer which has had the Premier League’s top six looking over their shoulders in unison.

Jon Moss received deserved praise across the board for his performance during the early kick-off at the Liberty Stadium last weekend. As Mark Halsey noted on this week’s Ref Show: “He has these great games and other times he is not even at the races.” Time to put a run together, then, Jon.


West Brom v Stoke City
27/08 – 1.30pm

Assistants: G Beswick & L Betts
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

With Stoke now boasting six Champions League winners in Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich 2013), Ibrahim Affelay (Barcelona 2011), Bojan Krcic (Barcelona 2009 & 2011), Marc Muniesa (Barcelona 2009), Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid 2015 & 2016) and Darren Fletcher (Manchester United 2008), the latter comes up against recent team-mates and will have to take care to turn into the right dressing room.

[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Anthony Taylor

Matches in 2017/18: 2 (2 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 0
Yellows: 10 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]

Baggies boss Pulis’s Stoke connections are well-known, and even newly appointed assistant Gary Megson had his own go in the Stoke hot-seat at the back end of 1999, prior to taking the reins himself… at the Hawthorns. Ben Foster was on Stoke’s books, too, between 2001 and 2005, but there’s really no need to mention Peter Odemwingie now, is there?

There’s certainly no love lost between the north Welshman in the away dug-out and his Newport counterpart, so handshake-cam will surely be deployed post-match, with a Plan B in case anyone obscures the view.

Anthony Taylor literally erred on the side of cautions when it came to Dyer and Vertonghen challenges against Chelsea in a performance which was met with unanimous YATR approval last weekend. Whether either should have been red instead or not, Taylor has had an undeniably authoritative start to 2017/18.

Referee Martin AtkinsonMARTIN ATKINSON

Liverpool v Arsenal
27/08 – 4pm

Assistants: A Nunn & S Child
Fourth official: Craig Pawson

Wherever Alexis Sanchez ends up, and whether or not he is wearing blue today, let us not forget he was Anfield bound before Arsene Wenger swooped and met Barcelona’s asking price back in 2014.

[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Martin Atkinson

Matches in 2017/18: 2 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 0
Yellows: 5 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]

Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi, Per Mertesacker and Emre Can can briefly unite and mock Loris Karius’s lack of senior German international recognition (and Jurgen Klopp’s for that matter), while we can only wonder whether the topic of conversation between Mohamed Salah Galy and fellow Egyptian Mohamed Elneny will range from The Bangles to Mido, and possibly even to blockbuster LFC/AFC encounters of the past, who knows!

Martin Atkinson has had a satisfyingly solid start, including a red card for Hal Robson-Kanu which illustrated that an elbow does not have to be swung stereotypically in order to qualify as endangering an opponent.


Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
27/08 – 4pm

Assistants: H Lennard & M Wilkes
Fourth official: Robert Madley

While this may only be a second Wembley league outing for Spurs, Burnley have not played there since their triumphant play-off final against Sheffield United, who had finished third in the 2009 Championship season.

[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Lee Mason

Matches in 2017/18: 1 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2
Yellows: 2 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]

There was a call for the Wembley running track to be raised as an issue at the next Select Group training camp, because of the confusion that arose when Marcos Alonso took off to celebrate after scoring twice in Chelsea’s win. It’s Lee Mason’s fine line to tread this week, because even though Alonso wisely opted not to get directly involved with the fans, it represents a very spacious, luxurious grey area.

Recent England cap Kieran Trippier will be bidding a warm welcome to some former pals as Burnley boss Sean Dyche ponders the platform of three points from two games, the precise breakdown of which even he is unlikely to have predicted.

Mason took his eye off the ball in a big way on his first Premier League outing of the season and has been rewarded with a game at Wembley, go figure…