It’s no surprise to find Michael Oliver dropped from this weeks list after a poor performance in the Arsenal versus Chelsea game.

Oliver missed two clear penalty shouts and a blatant red card and so is relegated to fourth official duties at Hull City versus Arsenal.

FA Cup Final referee Jon Moss continues his run of games with a date at Upton Park, whilst Craig Pawson and Lee Mason get their first games for a month or so.

Mike Riley is evidently shuffling his pack a little as we wind down the season and hopefully we’ll see some ace performances.

Let’s take a look at who is reffing who on Week 35…

Martin Atkinson: Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers

Assistants: M. Mullarkey and S. Child
Fourth official: G. Salisbury

Although Martin Atkinson might not be Brendan Rodgers’ favourite official, after a falling out in 2013, the Liverpool manager can’t have too many complaints at the way Atkinson has reffed his side since.

Earlier this season when the Reds entertained Chelsea, Atkinson got at least three big decisions in the game correct.

QPR will want another strong performance from Atkinson and his team as they go looking for three points which won’t lift them out of the bottom three but will bring them closer to the teams immediately above them.

It’s been 20 years since the Hoops even got a point at Anfield, and 24 since their last win on Merseyside, so the odds are stacked against them.

But a level playing field from this most studious of officials should at least ensure no talking points, controversies or the need for excuses from either manager come full time.

A blatant red card offence that was missed by Atkinson during his recent Bayern Munich versus Porto Champions League appointment could end up being a talking point if he’s not on his game here.

Martin Atkinson – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 29 (15 on TV)

Recent European games: Sevilla v Villarreal, Barcelona v PSG, Schalke v Real Madrid, Bayern Munich v Porto

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 10
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 0

Last reffed Liverpool: 22nd March 2015
Last reffed QPR: 10th February 2015

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

Mark Clattenburg: Aston Villa v Everton

Assistants: S. Beck and D. Cann
Fourth official: L. Mason

Mark Clattenburg deserves better than these sorts of fixtures, with all due respect to the clubs involved.

After being snubbed by the FA Referees’ Committee for an FA Cup Final appointment – a decision that hasn’t sat well with the YATR panel – arguably England’s best official finds himself at Villa Park where the atmosphere will be white-hot.

Although Roberto Martinez’s Everton side have little to play for but pride, a decent away performance can put a real spoke into the revival that Tim Sherwood’s arrival has created in the Midlands.

Rest assured that Sherwood will have his side fired up for this one knowing that three precious points almost secures Villa’s status in the top flight for another season.

As such, any exuberance needs to be tempered by some sensible officiating. Who better for that than Clattenburg?

Mark Clattenburg – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 24 (10 on TV)

Recent European games: Shakhtar Donetsk v Athletic Bilbao, FC Basel v Porto, PSG v Barcelona

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 7
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 4

Last reffed Aston Villa: 17th January 2015
Last reffed Everton: 4th March 2015

Honours: 2012 League Cup Final, 2012 Olympic Games

Mike Dean: Leicester City v Newcastle United

Assistants: S. Long and S. Burt
Fourth official: A. Marriner

Mike Dean continues his run of games and heads for the King Power Stadium where a revitalized Leicester side will seek to heap further misery on Newcastle.

Nigel Pearson won’t be at all impressed saying after a 4-3 defeat at Spurs just over a month ago, a game in which Dean officiated:

“The arrogance of the man [Dean] is frightening at times. I find it difficult to accept that we have to deal with yet another contentious decision that’s not gone our way.

“[…] We can’t be on the receiving end of so many poor decisions.

“[…] What is the point in talking to him, he’s one of the most arrogant men I’ve ever met.”

John Carver should have no such complaints after Dean expertly took charge of the recent Tyne-Wear derby.

A deliberate pull back by Aston Villa’s Leandro Bacuna on Sergio Aguero was however missed by Dean last weekend meaning a penalty decision wasn’t forthcoming. It was an unusual error of judgment from the official.

Dean will have Pearson’s words ringing in his ears but is professional enough not to allow that to influence any decisions on the day.

Mike Dean – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 27 (11 on TV)

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

Last reffed Leicester: 21st March 2015
Last reffed Newcastle: 5th April 2015

Honours: 2008 FA Cup final

Kevin Friend: Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Assistants: H. Lennard and A. Garratt
Fourth official: L. Probert

It doesn’t happen very often, but when Jose Mourinho apologises to you, it becomes headline news.

And that was the case with Kevin Friend at the turn of the year.

Initially taking the official to task in a post-match press conference for the lack of a penalty award, after speaking directly with the official, the Portuguese admitted to the written press that his earlier comments were wrong.

By the time this match takes place, the Premier League title should have been assured so there’ll be a carnival atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.

Friend shouldn’t get too carried away with the party, however.

Alan Pardew probably still hasn’t forgiven the official for sending him off earlier in the season whilst manager of Newcastle and as we know, ‘Pards’ isn’t backward in coming forward when putting a little bit of added pressure on the ref’s shoulders.

Kevin Friend – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 21 (5 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 23
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 1

Last reffed Chelsea: 29th November 2014
Last reffed Crystal Palace: 13th December 2014

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

Mike Jones: Sunderland v Southampton

Assistants: M. Scholes and I. Hussin
Fourth official: R. Madley

This isn’t really a game for a shrinking violet like Mike Jones.

A correct penalty decision aside at Loftus Road last week, Jones didn’t have too much to do in the London derby between QPR and West Ham.

This game will be a different kettle of fish entirely.

Southampton can still finish as high as fifth if results go their way, whilst Dick Advocaat needs to get the Black Cats winning, and quickly, to take them back out of the drop zone.

Sunderland have already complained about Jones’ poor standard of officiating this season when Gus Poyet noted that the ref was “unfortunate” during his side’s 0-0 draw with West Brom.

Whilst the Uruguayan wouldn’t expand on his turn of phrase to any great degree, his inference was clear. The man in the middle had no backbone.

Not a game for the feint of heart so why have PGMOL given it to Jones?

Perhaps because of a real lack of strength in depth. No sooner have messrs Foy and Dowd been sidelined though long-term injury, that Jones re-emerges onto the scene.

Mile Riley has little choice of course, but the mess is all of his own making.

Mike Jones – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 18 (3 on TV)

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

Last reffed Sunderland: 21st February 2015
Last reffed Southampton: 30th November 2014

Honours: 2009 FA Trophy Final

Andre Marriner: Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

Assistants: S. Ledger and M. Perry
Fourth official: N. Swarbrick

A fine performance last time out at Goodison Park has seen Andre Marriner rewarded with a trip to White Hart Lane.

In what should be a superb game of football, Marriner needs to let the game flow. Entertainment when these two sides meet is virtually guaranteed so it doesn’t need the officials’ whistle spoiling proceedings.

Just Marriner’s 20th appointment of the season, the official nevertheless possesses the know-how and wherewithal to see this one through comfortably.

Neither side appear to have any previous with Marriner and another good showing here should see him retain his place on the list for the remainder of the season.

Andre Marriner – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 19 (6 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 13
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 8

Last reffed Spurs: N/A
Last reffed Man City: 14th March 2015

Honours: 2013 FA Cup final

Lee Mason: Hull City v Arsenal

Assistants: A. Halliday and M McDonough
Fourth official: M. Clattenburg

Lee Mason comes back into the fold after a month in the Premier League wilderness, and his reward is a repeat of last season’s FA Cup Final.

Steve Bruce has already been in trouble for his criticism of referees this season, so he’ll be loathe to jump on that particular bandwagon again.

However, he’ll pick apart any decisions that go against his side whilst they remain just a point outside the bottom three.

Arsene Wenger won’t hold back either if any of Mason’s decisions go some way to stopping them leapfrogging Manchester City into second place.

YATR’s Keith Hackett called for PGMOL chief Mike Riley to stand Mason down from the elite list, branding him and one or two others as “some of the worst (officials) we have seen.”

Riley can ill afford for Hackett’s words to become prophetic but a pathetic performance from Mason here and that’s exactly what they will be.

Lee Mason – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 22 (4 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 7
Football League appointments in 2014/15: 12

Last reffed Hull: N/A
Last reffed Arsenal: 13th December 2014

Jonathan Moss: West Ham United v Burnley

Assistants: S. Bennett and E. Smart
Fourth official: K. Friend

FA Cup Final referee Jon Moss takes charge of West Ham versus Burnley.

Rock-bottom Burnley will arrive in East London full of the fight and vigour that their manager displays on the touchline.

Sean Dyche will expect his Clarets to come up big against a Hammers side already on their summer holidays.

Moss isn’t yet on his and doesn’t want to be dreaming of his date with destiny either.

With only a few games left, the last thing the official needs are headline writers working overtime and picking apart his selection for the Wembley showpiece.

Jonathan Moss – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 28 (8 on TV)

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

Last reffed West Ham: 20th December 2014
Last reffed Burnley: 22nd February 2015

Honours: 2005 Conference Play-Off Final

Craig Pawson: Swansea City v Stoke City

Assistants: J. Brooks and D. Bryan
Fourth official: R. East

Craig Pawson continues to make a name for himself, mostly for the wrong reasons.

Although Stoke were the beneficiaries of one of his blatant errors last season (when not awarding West Ham a clear penalty), that sort of amateur decision making will worry Mark Hughes.

Not to mention that Swansea’s Garry Monk doesn’t have a particular fondness for officials at this point in time.

Another who has had almost a month’s sabbatical, Pawson absolutely cannot show any ring-rustiness here.

Craig Pawson – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 19 (6 on TV)

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

Last reffed Swansea: 23rd August 2014
Last reffed Stoke: 29th November 2014

Anthony Taylor: Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion

Assistants: G. Beswick and P. Kirkup
Fourth official: M. Oliver

As expected, Anthony Taylor took last weekend’s pressure-cooker game between Leicester and Burnley completely in his stride.

A trip to Old Trafford beckons for an official who is emerging as one of the more sensible and consistent refs this season.

That the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ is only five miles or so from his home might concern Tony Pulis and his West Brom side who will almost certainly want to ask Mike Riley why no one less local could’ve taken the reins here.

From a professional standpoint, Pulis should have no concerns, however should a contentious decision arise, the connotations are obvious.

It’s only been six weeks since WBA captain Chris Brunt was charged by the FA for insulting language used towards Taylor towards the end of his sides’ defeat to Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

Taylor won’t want to bear the brunt of any dissatisfaction this time.

Anthony Taylor – all you need to know

Matches in 2014/15: 25 (9 on TV)

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

Last reffed Man Utd: 4th March 2014
Last reffed West Brom: 13th September 2014