Another week goes by and no diving panel, which can’t be bad, while we come off the back of a round which threw up some inconsistencies. Ben Foster benefited from Paul Tierney’s pragmatic approach following his reckless challenge on Hernandez, whereas Ben Mee was possibly lucky Roger East was not impressed by Mo Salah’s fall at Anfield. Jordan Ayew similarly failed to get a whistle from Mike Dean for his tackle on Serge Aurier, while Stuart Attwell at least gave overhead kicks a chance by waving play on after Joselu’s effort.

Michael Oliver gets another televised London derby as a reward for his handling of CFC versus AFC, while Atkinson is back, no pun intended, and so is Swarbrick, while Moss, Attwell and Tierney drop out and Scott and Jones remain sidelined. Lee Probert even ended up at Cardiff on Matchday 5.

Michael Oliver

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur


Assistants: S Bennett & S Burt
Fourth official: Andre Marriner

The list of players who have worn the colours of both these London neighbours indeed includes Jimmy Neighbour, plus Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Zamora, Teddy Sheringham, Chris Hughton, Michael Carrick, Martin Peters, Paul Allen, Jermain Defoe, Neil Ruddock, Scott Parker, Frederic Kanoute, Mitchell Thomas, Ilie Dumitrescu and Clive Allen, who more than doubled his tally of 21 goals in 50 West Ham appearances in a single prolific season at Spurs, scoring 49 in 1986/87.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Michael Oliver:
Matches in 2017/18: 4 (4 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 1
Yellows: 12 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
Jack Tresadern, as well as Harry Redknapp, managed both clubs, who famously fought it out in court for the right to move into the 2012 Olympic stadium at Stratford before Spurs found themselves obliged to build next door to White Hart Lane instead.

Many supporters from both sides appear to fancy their chances rather more away from their new homes, be they temporary or permanent, and West Ham had to wait until September 11 to at least test the theory of home advantage this term.

The Croatian Bilic and his Argentinian counterpart missed each other in international terms and never pitted managerial wits until November 2015. Pochettino’s very first game as Spurs manager the season before that may well have resulted in a win against West Ham, but Bilic has presided over a 1-0 win in this fixture in each of the last two seasons.

In May, 2006 Chris Foy presided over the infamous “lasagne-gate” encounter, when Spurs lost 2-1 at Upton Park to finish 5th and lost out to Arsenal in the race for a Champions League spot. Foy restricted himself to the one yellow card, shown to Shaun Newton that day, as Sheringham (who missed a penalty) and Zamora were coincidentally going up against old friends by starting in Alan Pardew’s West Ham side.

The same assistant referees on duty today were on the return trip to RB Leipzig for their Champions League clash with Monaco last week net to Michael Oliver, alongside additional assistants Marriner, Madley and 4th official Harry Lennard, who is on duty at Swansea this afternoon.

In his Academy verdict for YATR this week, Mark Halsey was less concerned about the dangerous kicking debate than Oliver’s failure to slow the weekend’s showcase fixture down when presented with the opportunity.

“I’m not saying Michael didn’t have a good match,” Halsey said, “but there was a spell in the game where the temperature went up, tackles flew in and there was a lot of physical contact. But he didn’t slow the game down by giving free-kicks and standing on the ball, thus not letting them take those free-kicks quickly.”

Burnley v Huddersfield Town


Assistants: P Kirkup & S Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Graham Scott

While younger readers may associate this fixture with the Championship and its variously sponsored predecessors, far elder statesmen out there will recall battles between two bastions of football power dating back to the professional game’s first century.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Chris Kavanagh:
Matches in 2017/18: 1 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 3
Yellows: 2 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]
Burnley’s new £5m Bermudan signing, Nahki Wells, spent three seasons at Huddersfield after spells at Carlisle and Bradford, while Scott Arfield, who scored at Anfield on Matchday 5, graced the Terriers for three seasons himself before signing for no fee in July, 2013.

Tied on eight points each, both clubs will be satisfied with bright starts given their budgets, the size of which are dwarfed by those of the majority of their Premier League rivals.

Back in October 2015, on Burnley’s way to a Campionship double over today’s opposition, they won 2-1 and referee Oliver Langford showed just three yellow cards, with Wells left as an unused sub in West Yorkshire.

The last time there was as wide as a three-goal margin between the sides was a 5th round home win at Turf Moor in 1964, to the tune of 3-0.

Sian Massey-Ellis, who turned professional in 2010, was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list, while Chris Kavanagh is reunited with her and Peter Kirkup, having taken charge with the same assistant team for Brighton versus West Brom.

Martin AtkinsonEverton v Bournemouth


Assistants: S Child & A Holmes
Fourth official: Jonathan Moss

Now thriving at the grand, old age of 27, Plymouth-born Dan Gosling turned out 22 times for Everton between 2008 and 2010 before signing for Newcastle on a hotly-disputed free transfer, only arriving in Dorset three years ago via Blackpool and another free transfer.
[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]
Everton’s point at the Etihad keeps them just one place ahead of the visitors for this second of four consecutive home games, while AFCB have three points thanks entirely to a comeback win over Brighton.

“My players are too nice, too weak,” offered the Everton manager after Matchday 4, only for matters to get worse still: they were “afraid” on Matchday 5… and also haven’t scored in four consecutive matches, Ronald.

As if to underline the recruitment issue that has scarred their opening month, Everton won this fixture last season 6-3.

Romelu Lukaku grabbed four, with James McCarthy and Ross Barkley chipping in as Josh King, with two, and Harry Arter replied for Bournemouth.

If it’s a welcome return for Atkinson this afternoon, it’s a surprising rest for fourth official Jon Moss, having been more than a little unfortunate that Scott Ledger saw Elias Kachunga’s position as an offside one in scoring against Leicester at the John Smith’s Stadium on Matchday 5.

Neil SwarbrickManchester City v Crystal Palace


Assistants: S Ledger & A Garratt
Fourth official: Tony Harrington

Connections include Andy Morrison, Michael Hughes, and perhaps more notoriously, managers Steve Coppell and Malcolm Allison, who could safely be compared to chalk and cheese.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Neil Swarbrick:
Matches in 2017/18: 3 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4
Yellows: 6 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]
Coppell may have lasted a mere 33 days in the City hot-seat in 1996, yet his name will remind Eagles fans of a period of serene stability as they recall his two spells in charge, back when Roy Hodgson’s predecessor Frank de Boer was busy winning 112 caps for the Netherlands.

Former Palace stalwart Geoff Thomas is a City fan and cancer survivor, while two further points on the Clive Allen (see West Ham versus Spurs) trajectory included Maine Road and Selhurst Park.

Pep Guardiola’s City can boast an ominous 69% possession and 93 goal attempts in the Premier League alone so far this season, with a shooting accuracy of 52.8 and a passing accuracy of 88%.

Palace’s contrasting, unwanted record could hardly be better documented. If ever there was a David and Goliath within the same division then, this top-versus-bottom clash probably takes the biscuit.

Last season City won 5-0 thanks to five different scorers and Michael Oliver showed four yellow cards. Today’s fourth official, Tony Harrington, has reffed six EFL games thus far, producing seven yellow cards during each of his last two appointments.

Craig Pawson

Southampton v Manchester United


Assistants: I Hussin & C Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Mike Jones

The Saints shocked Manchester United with a 1-0 FA Cup Final victory in 1976, when Southampton were not even due to be promoted from what was then Division Two for another season.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Craig Pawson:
Matches in 2017/18: 4 (3 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 5
Yellows: 19 Reds: 2[/quote_box_right]

The 2017 EFL Cup Final came a little late to constitute revenge, as so many memorable games featured these clubs in the 41 intervening years. The very first FA Cup penalty shoot-out ended with a Giggs miss and a Flowers dance in 1992, and 12 years earlier Danny Wallace made his Saints debut at Old Trafford as a 16-year-old only to sign for United nine years later and sadly later suffer from multiple sclerosis, which prematurely ended his career.

Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Joe Jordan, Mark Hughes, Ted MacDougall and Jim McCalliog, who helped defeat his former team-mates in 1976, have all worn the crest of both clubs.

Graham Poll was in charge the day United changed their grey kit for blue at half-time, but even that kit was not as culpable as the one United wore when conceding an Egil Ostenstad hat-trick in a 6-3 Dell defeat in 1996. Jeff Winter was a busy man as Roy Keane saw red after just 21 minutes.

While Ian Hussin has yet to participate in a game featuring these teams so far this season, his colleague Constantine Hatzidakis has already run the line once for each. The latter joined Pawson on the Anthony Taylor trip to Porto, where the Turks of Besiktas impressed so much in the opening round of Champions League fixtures.

Stoke City v Chelsea


Assistants: S Long & D Cook
Fourth official: Paul Tierney

Stoke boss Mark Hughes, a childhood Blues fan and later a Chelsea player, is far from the sole connection between the Kings Road and the Potteries. Robert Huth, Alan Hudson and Mickey Thomas all played for both, while Stoke’s only major trophy, the League Cup, was won against Chelsea at Wembley in 1972.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Mike Dean:
Matches in 2017/18: 3 (3 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 3
Yellows: 14 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
A total of 35,000 Stoke fans saw goals from Terry Conroy and George Eastham clinch glory under the watchful eye of the future head of the Referees Association, Norman Burtenshaw that day.

Kurt Zouma is one of five players loaned out by the visitors to Premier League rivals, which means that in ten of their 38 matches Chelsea will come up against opponents unable to name a full-strength side, as the rules bar appearances against a player’s parent club.

Should Zouma’s absence necessitate a change in formation, maybe Charlie Adam will force his way into the home side and attempt a reprise of the goal he scored from from the half-way line at Stamford Bridge in April, 2015.

Despite Chelsea being the most fouled team in the Premier League, questions have been asked of manager Antonio Conte as to possible reasons behind his side’s five red cards since, and including, last season’s FA Cup Final.

“It is a strange situation; we will try to improve, and be more lucky, too,” was the best the charismatic Italian could come up with during the week following the latest dismissal of David Luiz.

One of Mike Dean’s team of assistants, Daniel Cook, has run the line at Leicester and Southampton in the Premier League this season as well as Derby, Cardiff and Barnsley in the Championship.

Swansea City v Watford


Assistants: H Lennard & M Wilkes
Fourth official: James Linington

Last season Watford were the expected victims lined up for Bob Bradley’s first home game, only things did not work out and Watford boss Walter Mazzari claimed they should have got at least two “PK”s out of Paul Tierney in a forgettable 0-0 draw.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Lee Mason:
Matches in 2017/18: 3 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 3
Yellows: 3 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]

The Hornets felt just as hard done by after a visit from Anthony Taylor and Manchester City on Matchday 5 last week. Two tight offsides, added to a Walker challenge on Chalobah in the box, ended up as footnotes in a display which rained all over the parade of Watford, who went into the game in 4th place.

The managers are on familiar terms and Paul Clement’s CV will ensure that this battle between an English and a Portugese coach is no tactical walkover from the word go.

Marco Silva will be well aware he is also up against the nous of Claude Makele, a valuable addition to the Swansea boot-room, but also that he came out on top in his own first game as Hull City boss last January, beating Clement on his first Swansea outing to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Fourth official James Linington has five EFL games under his belt already, including two 4-3 away wins in four August days, should Watford really feel they are stuck for a good omen.

anthony-taylor-2Leicester City v Liverpool


Assistants: G Beswick & A Nunn
Fourth official: Bobby Madley

This TV re-match follows hot on the heels of Liverpool’s televised Carabao Cup defeat, four days before.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Anthony Taylor:
Matches in 2017/18: 5 (3 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 0
Yellows: 17 Reds: 0[/quote_box_right]
Neither side needs introducing, as they also met as recently as July, when, in the 2017 Asia Trophy Final, Mo Salah and Philippe Coutinho goals cancelled out Slimani’s opener to ensure Liverpool joined Chelsea (twice), Bolton Wanderers, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Arsenal in winning the biennial tournament.

Back in February, the Foxes won 3-1 thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy (2) and Danny Drinkwater, with Coutinho supplying Liverpool’s reply in Craig Shakespeare’s first game in charge. That result, a clean sheet for Michael Oliver, means Liverpool have lost on their last two visits to the King Power prior to midweek.

Connections between the clubs centre around Gordon Milne, who managed Leicester between 1982 and 1986, Gary McAllister and Emile Heskey; yet they extend to Paul Konchesky, Pegguy Arphexad, Zak Whitbread and current Nottingham Forest squad player Jack Hobbs.

Andre Marriner

Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United


Assistants: S Beck & R West
Fourth official: Craig Pawson

Chris Hughton might be the most successful Newcastle manager of all time, statistically speaking, but that did not prevent him from being dispatched without ceremony before spells in charge of Birmingham and Norwich threatened to mar his reputation as frustration piled upon frustration.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Andre Marriner:
Matches in 2017/18: 4 (3 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 1
Yellows: 10 Reds: 1[/quote_box_right]
Then the Brighton job came along and Hughton has scarcely looked back. Before his appointment, in the club’s first season playing at the AMEX, the Seagulls hosted the Magpies in the FA Cup and won, only to better the result in the 3rd round the following season. Lee Probert was the ref on both occasions, while Robbie Elliott, on the Newcastle bench behind Tim Krul for the first, displaced the Dutchman for the second.

This time expect Krul to occupy the home bench after signing for Brighton on Wednesday, while the counterpart of Jamaal Lascelles, the Premier League’s youngest captain, Brighton’s Bruno, will be rolling out a Spanish welcome for countrymen Javier Manquillo, Joselu, Mikel Merino and Ayoze Perez, as well as most of the opposition dug-out.

These promotion rivals last met in February, when leaders Brighton blinked and lost to goals from the Senegalese Mo Diame and substitute Perez, with Glenn Murray having grabbed the lead. Bobby Madley was in charge and he produced four yellow cards.

Andre Marriner enjoyed a consummate performance at Old Trafford on Matchday 5 last Sunday, calling two penalty appeals differently and correctly, and booking Bailly and Williams, not Schneiderlin.

Robert Madley

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion


Assistants: L Betts & M Perry
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

Last season Arsenal left it late before an Olivier Giroud goal sealed a 1-0 win. Kieran Gibbs was booked for a foul by Neil Swarbrick, only to head for the Hawthorns in the last transfer window.
[quote_box_right]All you need to know about Bobby Madley:
Matches in 2017/18: 3 (2 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4
Yellows: 13 Reds: 2[/quote_box_right]
Here we have a club with a strong northern Irish past meeting West Brom’s strong northern Irish present in skipper Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and Derry-born James McClean.

In addition to Patrick Farrell, a Highbury favourite at the turn of the 20th century, Steve Morrow, Sammy Nelson, Pat Rice, Pat Jennings, Andy Kennedy, Alex Mackie, Eddie Magill and Billy McCullough, there is the gritty but garrulous personality of Terry Neill, who managed as well as played for Arsenal.

The late Don Howe played for one and managed the other, while players for both have included Gibbs, Junichi Inamoto, John Hartson, Brian Talbot, Bobby Gould and Nwankwo Kanu, who, in 04/05, proved invaluable in beating relegation with the Baggies, only to go down the very next season despite scoring and helping beat Arsenal 2-1.