Chelsea find themselves just two wins from the Premier League title as we head into Week 34 of the season, and YATR’s Jason Pettigrove has looked at who’s refereeing who.

Michael Oliver is rewarded with the game of the weekend at the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal will aim to delay the Blues’ celebrations for another week.

Mark Clattenburg’s continued excellence sees him take charge of two matches across the 12 being played.

Another London derby involving a west London side takes place at Loftus Road as Queens Park Rangers look for the three points to take them out of the relegation zone.

All in all, it’s another crunch weekend in England’s top flight, where the wrong decisions from the officials could have an effect at both ends of the table.

Lets take a look at who is reffing who on Week 34…

Martin Atkinson: Stoke City v Sunderland

Assistants: M. Mullarkey and S. Child
Fourth official: E. Ilderton

Stoke will be seething that they’ve been appointed Martin Atkinson again.

The Potters’ chairman Peter Coates made a formal complaint to PGMOL chief Mike Riley earlier in the season because of Atkinson’s “disgraceful” performance in their 5-1 defeat by Newcastle.

Manager Mark Hughes was sent to the stands and later charged with improper conduct. Not the best recipe to begin with.

Dick Advocaat needs points in a desperate scramble to keep the Black Cats from falling through the relegation trap door.

Will Atkinson’s previous dalliance with Stoke be on his mind and his decisions subconsciously reflect that here?

After coming back strong following a very poor showing in the Chelsea versus Burnley game, the last thing Atkinson needs his professionalism being called into question again.

Martin Atkinson – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 28 (14 on TV)

Recent European games: Sevilla v Villarreal, Barcelona v PSG, Schalke v Real Madrid
Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 10
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 0

Last reffed Stoke: 22nd November 2014
Last reffed Sunderland: 10th February 2015

Honours: 2011 FA Cup Final, 2014 Capital One Cup Final

Mark Clattenburg: Crystal Palace v Hull City

Assistants: S. Beck and J. Collin
Fourth official: O. Langford

With the greatest of respect to both Palace and Hull, they’re not in the class of Barcelona and PSG, whom Clattenburg refereed in the past week.

England’s best official deserves to be taking the top games from each weekend, rather than being farmed out to matches of this ilk.

The last time he officiated a game involving Palace, he became mired in controversy for breaking protocol and shooting off to an Ed Sheeran concert in his native Newcastle.

After being dropped from the list because of the indiscretion, his first game back involved Hull. That encounter, against Burnley, passed without incident.

His first game of this weekend is likely to be the quieter of the two and unless he becomes complacent at such a routine appointment, then we’ll see the best of Clattenburg. Again.

Mark Clattenburg – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 23 (10 on TV)

Recent European games: Shaktar Donetsk v Athletic Club, FC Basel v Porto, PSG v Barcelona

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 6
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 4

Last reffed Palace: 21st February 2015
Last reffed Hull: 20th December 2015

Honours: 2012 League Cup Final, 2012 Olympic Games

Mark Clattenburg: Leicester City v Chelsea

Assistants: S. Beck and J. Collin
Fourth official: N. Swarbrick

The fixture at the King Power stadium on Wednesday could be a whole lot different.

Manchester United were the visitors the last time Clattenburg was in this neck of the woods and the 5-3 classic wasn’t without its refereeing controversies.

Chelsea’s second game of the weekend could see them crowned champions, whilst Leicester could take a huge step towards survival if they can replicate their performance against United, easily the best of the season.

The TV cameras will be in attendance and even if his reputation means he is ‘box office’, Clattenburg won’t want to find his name in the end credits.

As he showed in Paris, he can and does operate at the very highest levels, so neither manager should have any complaints come full time.

Mark Clattenburg – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 23 (10 on TV)

Recent European games: Shaktar Donetsk v Athletic Club, FC Basel v Porto, PSG v Barcelona

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 6
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 4

Last reffed Leicester: 4th April 2015
Last reffed Chelsea: 31st January 2015

Honours: 2012 League Cup Final, 2012 Olympic Games

Mike Dean: Manchester City v Aston Villa

Assistants: S. Long and E. Smart
Fourth official: C. Pawson

Just a week after refereeing their cross-town rivals United, Mike Dean heads to the Etihad to supervise the Manchester City versus Aston Villa game.

The contrast between the two sides couldn’t be greater at present.

City are struggling to hang onto automatic qualification for the Champions League, Manuel Pellegrini is struggling to hold onto his job.

Tim Sherwood and Aston Villa are buoyant after securing their place in the FA Cup final at the expense of Liverpool, and it’s hard to quantify that this is the same group of players that Paul Lambert presided over.

Pellegrini won’t want to use any excuses if City are dragged further into the mire, but Dean isn’t his favourite official after awarding Arsenal a dubious penalty in City’s 2-0 defeat earlier in the season.

Wayne Rooney also criticised the official’s performance last weekend in United’s defeat to Chelsea, unfairly according to YATR’s Mark Halsey.

Move along, nothing to see here.

Mike Dean – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 26 (11 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 11
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 4

Last reffed Man City: 18th January 2015
Last reffed Villa: 13th December 2014

Honours: 2008 FA Cup final

Roger East: West Brom v Liverpool

Assistants: R. West and A. Nunn
Fourth official: S. Duncan

It’s a fair assumption that Brendan Rodgers will be none to pleased at the appointment of Roger East to this particular game.

Earlier in the season, East officiated at the Bolton versus Liverpool FA Cup tie, and Rodgers was left extremely frustrated at what he perceived to be encouragement from the official for Bolton to continue their physical and robust approach.

Although Bolton’s Scott Dann was eventually red-carded, it seemed nothing more than a token gesture after many fouls went unpunished.

Tony Pulis will ensure his West Brom side remain competitive and, despite having nothing to play for but pride, the Baggies will fight for everything.

A team in their managers’ own image, another roughing up of their more cultured visitors to gain an advantage won’t sit well with the Reds.

Can East bring the strong hand to the table, which has been missing to this point of the season, when necessary?

Roger East – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 15 (1 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 22
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 1

Last reffed West Brom: 28th December 2014
Last reffed Liverpool: 16th March 2015

Honours: 2004 FA Cup Final (assistant referee), 2012 League 1 Play-Off Final

Mike Jones: QPR v West Ham United

Assistants: M. Scholes and I. Hussin
Fourth official: L. Mason

Jones evidently impressed the PGMOL with his performance last week, hence why he finds himself on the list again.

There’ll certainly be no quarter asked or given in this London derby with the Hoops on the charge to guarantee Premier League survival for another season at least.

Sam Allardyce’s free-falling Hammers stand in their way. A season-high of fourth just a few months ago seems a world away from their current 10th position. Lose here and if other results go against them and West Ham will find themselves in 13th at close of play.

Jones needs to be strong and assertive in the crucial moments here. And there are sure to be one or two given what’s at stake.

That strength of character isn’t really in his make-up. Could PGMOL end up with egg on their faces with the appointment of this Championship-standard official?

Mike Jones – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 17 (3 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 9
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 12

Last reffed QPR: 28th December 2015
Last reffed West Ham: 2nd December 2014

Honours: 2009 FA Trophy Final

Andre Marriner: Everton v Manchester United

Assistants: S. Ledger and D. Bryan
Fourth official: R. Madley

Marriner is given the whistle for one of the EPL’s classic fixtures.

Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini return to their old stomping ground ready to inflict more pain on the Toffees. And Roberto Martinez will be acutely aware of the pain inflicted on his team by Marriner earlier in the season.

On that occasion, the official had a stinker when Manchester City came to Merseyside and the awarding of a controversial penalty for City in the game will not have been forgotten by the Spaniard.

Manchester United aren’t his biggest supporters either.

During the David Moyes reign, another penalty award, this time to Sunderland, was roundly criticised. Moyes himself didn’t hold back:

“It looks as if we’re having to play them [referees] as well as the opposition at the moment.

“It’s really terrible, it really is, we’re actually beginning to laugh at them.”

With all eyes on Goodison Park for this one, Marriner won’t want to give either side or his paymasters cause for concern this time.

Andre Marriner – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 18 (6 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 12
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 8

Last reffed Everton: 1st March 2015

Honours: 2013 FA Cup final

Jonathan Moss: Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur

Assistants: S. Burt and A. Halliday
Fourth official: L. Probert

Mauricio Pochettino heads back to the South Coast ready to re-acquaint himself with an official who perhaps isn’t flavour of the month in north London.

When Spurs travelled to Manchester City back in October, Moss was in charge of proceedings. Four penalties and 90 minutes later and it wasn’t just the Tottenham manager who was critical of the officials’ performance.

Far from being an end of season bore-fest, the winners of this game could find themselves as high as fifth at the conclusion of proceedings.

Moss doesn’t need to make a name for himself again at this late stage of the season.

Jonathan Moss – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 27 (8 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 23
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 9

Last reffed Southampton: 20th December 2014
Last reffed Spurs: 22nd February 2015

Honours: 2005 Conference Play-Off Final

Michael Oliver: Arsenal v Chelsea

Assistants: L. Betts and J. Brooks
Fourth official: L. Mason

Young Michael Oliver continues to impress at the highest level and the appointment to the game of the weekend is an acknowledgment of that excellence.

Chelsea’s first game of the week will be their toughest and a positive result will leave them one win away from being crowned Premier League champions.

Where better to bag an important three points, if not at Stamford Bridge, than at the home of one of your biggest rivals.

Arsene Wenger has never seen eye to eye with the Portuguese and a gloating of epic proportions will see him further down in the Frenchman’s estimation.

But that is the prospect the Gunners are facing unless they come up trumps and delay the celebrations for another week.

It’s sure to be a feisty old affair, but that will hold no fears for Oliver, who is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best in the business.

Neither manager should have any complaints at his appointment.

Michael Oliver – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 23 (11 on TV)

Recent European games: Austria v Russia (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 6
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 4

Last reffed Arsenal: 21st December 2014
Last reffed Chelsea: 22nd March 2015

Honours: 2014 Community Shield, 2015 FA Trophy Final

Lee Probert: Hull City v Liverpool

Assistants: A. Garratt and M. Perry
Fourth official: J. Moss

The disappointment of losing an FA Cup semi-final has to spur on Liverpool to three points here.

With a game in hand on the teams immediately above them, a decent run in the last few matches could see Brendan Rodgers’ side make a late and successful charge toward Champions League football.

Lose here and the Reds can kiss goodnight to those lucrative European nights in UEFA’s premier club competition.

Steve Bruce’s Hull remain equally determined to get the victory given that they only remain out of the bottom three on goal difference.

This isn’t really a game, therefore, that should’ve been handed to a man that will only be making his fourth Premier League appearance of the season.

Lee Probert is fighting his way back to fitness but given his poor showings since being restored to the top flight, you wonder if PGMOL are not shooting themselves in the foot by continuing to push Probert’s credentials.

YATR’s own Keith Hackett already called for Probert to face a fitness test earlier in the season, but it would appear that this advice went unheeded by Mike Riley.

Bruce has already had his say on referees this year and is unlikely to want to risk another fine.

But if Probert is that far off of the pace, then the Hull manager might consider £10,000 a small price to pay to fully engage Probert’s employers in the discussion.

Lee Probert – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 3 (0 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 10
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 11

Honours: 2014 FA Cup final

Neil Swarbrick: Newcastle United v Swansea City

Assistants: P. Kirkup and M. Salisbury
Fourth official: P. Tierney

With utter apathy on Tyneside towards the football club at the moment, the atmosphere at a cavernous St. James’ Park will be odd indeed.

Neil Swarbrick, after a month out of action, might think he can get away with staying in the shadows here, but if anything the opposite will be the case.

Hidden away by the PGMOL after his ridiculous case of mistaken identity at the West Brom versus Manchester City game, Swarbrick has to come up big here.

Garry Monk has been voluble in his criticism of officials this season, and is unlikely to be pacified by the appointment.

John Carver just needs a break from somewhere to alleviate the enveloping gloom and won’t be too unhappy if a big decision or two falls the way of the Magpies.

Neil Swarbrick – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 19 (3 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 18
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 5

Last reffed Newcastle: 20th September 2014
Last reffed Swansea: 21st February 2015

Anthony Taylor: Burnley v Leicester City

Assistants: G. Beswick and D. Cann
Fourth official: S. Hooper

What a game we have in prospect at Turf Moor.

Another classic relegation six-pointer and Anthony Taylor is certainly the right man for the job here.

Taylor has his critics and he’ll be the first to hold his hands up and admit he’s made a blooper or two this season, however there aren’t too many better officials in the elite list when he’s on his game.

Leicester are the form team at the bottom of the table and so will approach this match with confidence.

Further, it’s been five years since the Clarets have been able to defeat the Foxes at home so an expectant Lancashire crowd may well become frustrated if the status quo remains the same as recent fixtures between the two.

Taylor would do well to diffuse any situations at source and not add to a pressure-cooker atmosphere.

Anthony Taylor – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 24 (9 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 13
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 1

Last reffed Burnley: 26th December 2014
Last reffed Leicester: 31st August 2014