Andre Marriner follows up his historic appointment in Brighton with the undisputed game of the weekend at Anfield, while Neil Swarbrick, the man handed the VAR mantle for both the televised AMEX and Stamford Bridge cup games, faces a trip to St James Park for fourth official duties in the company of Peter Kirkup, who was his AVAR on Monday before reverting to Martin Atkinson’s AR on Wednesday for Chelsea versus Arsenal.

Keith Hackett is in no doubt about the challenges ahead following a Christmas period that did not go as well as it might have done: “Let’s hope Craig Pawson can think a little more carefully about his positioning on the field of play at Wembley this weekend and the need for short-burst sprints to gain proximity and the correct viewing angle on a larger surface than he is used to.

“A glance at the Referee Index on the Premier League’s website gives you a clear picture of how the PGMO Ltd rate their men, and I feel they have to start using two referees who are absent on Matchday 23, Tierney and Attwell, far more now that they have received their promotion to FIFA’s list.

“In addition, both Paul and Stuart need to understand that wearing that badge raises expectations that they will deliver an international-class performance.”

Mike JonesChelsea v Leicester City

S Beck & M Scholes
Fourth official: Lee Mason

This is meeting number 111 and the first one to take place at Stamford Bridge ended 3-3 in Division Two back in February, 1906.

Travelling in the knowledge that Leicester had only ever won one Premier League game at Chelsea, they turned up last October, 2016, when goals from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses gave Chelsea a 3-0 win on their way to taking Leicester’s title.

All you need to know about Mike Jones:

Matches in 2017/18: 9 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 12

Yellows: 29 Reds: 0

Andre Marriner cautioned Cesar Azpilicueta and Robert Huth that day and of course, since then, Danny Drinkwater has joined Ngolo Kante in London.

While Thibault Courtois and Eden Hazard lay in wait for Jamie Vardy in World Cup group G come June, whether or not Drinkwater will be named as a team-mate of the latter alongside Gary Cahill remains in doubt since something of an injury saga saw him miss the last international break.

It’s a clearer picture by far in group B, where Leicester’s Portuguese signing, Adrien Silva, will likely go up against Spaniards Pedro, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Morata and Fabregas, who now has 110 caps under his belt alone, on June 15 in Sochi.

Mike Jones has officiated neither Pensioners nor Foxes so far this season, in league or cup, so to find the last Chelsea fixture under his charge you have to go all the way back to a 3-0 home win over AFC Bournemouth on Boxing Day 2016, while he last oversaw Leicester at the Emirates last April, when they lost 1-0 and he booked six.

Keith Hackett was pessimistic about this appointment: “I expect things to pass him by and he will almost certainly provide some talking points for the pundits,” he warned.

Michael OliverCrystal Palace v Burnley

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Fourth official: Bobby Madley

With group G still in mind, the likelihood of Belgium’s Palace striker Christian Benteke taking on Jack Cork is alive and well, even if Tom Heaton, and probably Andros Townsend, will need a miracle to go from Premier League to World Cup stage.

All you need to know about Michael Oliver:

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

Yellows: 67 Reds: 4

Benteke was cautioned alongside Wilf Zaha by Bobby Madley last April, when Burnley became the very last Premier League side of 20 to win away in 2016/17 with their first top flight win in the capital since January, 1975, a 1-0 at QPR. Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray supplied the goals 42 years on.

The first to take place in London of 45 encounters in all competitions was in February, 1909 and the battle to progress in the FA Cup was settled only by replay in Burnley’s favour following a 0-0 draw in the first tie, giving little hint of the nine-goal victory margin the Clarets achieved four days later.

Northumberland’s latest UEFA Elite appointee took games involving both these sides as recently as Christmas, with Palace’s home defeat to Arsenal following Burnley’s home defeat to Spurs.

Michael Oliver also refereed the reverse fixture between the teams now occupying 14th and seventh place, a 1-0 home win at Turf Moor, as well as Palace’s December draw at the Hawthorns.

Jonathan MossHuddersfield Town v West Ham United

Assistants: E Smart
& A Halliday
Fourth official: Mike Dean

As 11th face 15th, one outside prospect for two of these players being thrown into conflict in Mother Russia would take Chicharito’s Mexico and Aaron Mooy’s Australia to make the semi-finals… while Belgian Terrier Laurent Depoitre might well be hoping for less of a miracle in that Joe Hart keeps his England place.

All you need to know about Jon Moss:

Matches in 2017/18: 15 (11 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 10

Yellows: 57 Reds: 2

Hart’s West Ham muckers Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio look less likely to be in the mix, and Jose Fonte’s Portugal could meet Mooy’s boys (as opposed to Moyes) as early as the second round while Florent Hadergjonaj’s Switzerland, should they get out of group E… will face a qualifier from Mexico’s group F just as Little Pea passes 100 caps. You’ll get the hang of it, and if you don’t, get yourself a wallchart!

The first encounter between these teams ended 2-0 at Leeds Road in December, 1919, and the last, which took place in September, 1997, ended 1-0. Alex Dyer was Huddersfield’s League Cup winner that night at the McAlpine, at least. Booked that day? Defensive pair Rio and Rhino, aka Ferdinand and Unsworth, plus Paul Kitson and the home side’s Kevin Gray.

Jon Moss officiated the Terriers’ home draw with Leicester and their away win at Palace, as well as West Ham’s home stalemate against Arsenal. Hackett added: “He has recently increased his work-rate in games and is having a better season than last.”

Graham Scott

Newcastle United v Swansea City

Assistants: P Kirkup
& S Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

The very first time these sides met was over a century ago, in a January, 1915 FA Cup tie that ended 1-1, with Newcastle winning the replay 2-0.

The last time they met was in April, 2016, prior to the home side’s relegation, when they won 3-0 thanks to Jamaal Lascelles, Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend goals. Lee Mason booked Chancel Mbemba, Vurnon Anita and Leroy Fer on the day.

All you need to know about Graham Scott:

Matches in 2017/18: 12 (2 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 9

Yellows: 23 Reds: 1

As Carlos Carvalhal attempts to banish Swansea’s own relegation fears as the Premier League’s third Portugese coach, with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ boss, Nuno Espirito Santo, currently bubbling under and hoping to grow that list, he comes up against the Spaniard, Rafa Benitez.

Rafa will be hoping to keep hold of ex-Swansea and fringe England player Jonjo Shelvey while the ‘for sale’ signs remain at SJP, and Swansea loanee Renato Sanches is unlikely to face any of the Spaniards currently residing on the Tyne when Portugal meet Spain in their first World Cup fixture. Leroy Fer is also available after Swansea’s successful appeal against his dismissal at Molineux.

Graham Scott has refereed neither team so far this season; the last time he took a Newcastle match was their Championship win at Cardiff last April and Swansea even further back, in January 2016 when they lost at home to Sunderland and he dismissed Kyle Naughton, who, ironically enough, finds himself suspended for violent conduct today.

Watford v Southampton

Assistants: I Hussin
& D Eaton
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor

The draw for the FA Cup 4th round pitted these two against each other again at St Mary’s at the end of this month and revived memories of their semi-final encounter back in April, 2003.

All you need to know about Roger East:

Matches in 2017/18: 10 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 13

Yellows: 30 Reds: 1

Southampton won that one 2-1 on the way to the final in Cardiff, and Marcus Gayle’s consolation goal at Villa Park was too little, too late in reply to a Brett Ormerod strike and a Paul Robinson own goal. The referee was Mike Riley and an unused sub that day? Sean Dyche, who went on to to manage the Hornets.

This is game 80 overall, the first in Hertfordshire having ended 1-1 in the Southern League in March, 1901. The last Vicarage Road encounter was in March, 2017 and ended 4-3 to Saints. Goals from Troy Deeney, Stefano Okaka, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Dusan Tadic, Nathan Redmond (two) and Manolo Gabbiadini made for a classic refereed by Jon Moss, who took the names of Sebastian Prodl, Okaka, Deeney, Gabbiadini and Cedric Soares.

Roger East has refereed both sides once this season, Watford, who now occupy 10th place, in their August win at Bournemouth and Southampton, currently 17th, in their December defeat at Chelsea. Hackett welcomed the appointment, if only from a stats point of view: “Roger needed to get a run-out, as he was in danger of Michael Oliver reaching twice as many games as him.”

Martin AtkinsonWest Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion

S Child & A Holmes
Fourth official: Tony Harrington

World Cup Group H may see Poland, featuring on-loan Baggies midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, facing Brighton’s Colombian, Jose Izquierdo, yet Premier League survival will surely take precedence in the priorities of both for now.

All you need to know about Martin Atkinson:

Matches in 2017/18: 15 (7 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 3

Yellows: 53 Reds: 4

The first time these Albions ever met was a mere 41 years ago, ending in a 2-0 away victory for the Seagulls in the League Cup 3rd round in September, 1976. The last was in the Midlands, in April, 1993, when their Division Two clash ended 3-1 to West Brom.

Martin Atkinson has refereed each team once this season and both were away wins. Brighton’s came at West Ham in October, while West Brom’s came at Turf Moor back in August, when Hal Robson-Kanu was shown a straight red card. It’s only Tony Harrington’s second fourth official posting of the season, and he has refereed 16 Championship games, three in the Carabao Cup, one FA Cup tie and one League Two fixture.

Craig Pawson

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

Assistants: L Betts
& D Cook
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

Senegal’s Evertonian, Idrissa Gueye, could face Colombian Davinson Sanchez in a rehearsal for their group H clash of June 28 in Samara in the only group not containing a previous former World Cup winner.

Back on the home front, Alex Young, Gary Lineker, Aaron Lennon, Louis Saha, Steven Pienaar, Simon Davies, Bobby Mimms, Pat van den Hauwe, Vinny Samways, Richard Gough, Paul Gascoigne, Nick Barmby, David Ginola and Espen Baardsen have all played for both clubs.

All you need to know about Craig Pawson:

Matches in 2017/18: 16 (11 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 14

Yellows: 61 Reds: 4

They first met at White Hart Lane in the First Division in January, 1910, a 3-0 Division One home win at White Hart Lane. The last time Spurs hosted, it ended 3-2 in March, 2017, when Mousa Dembele, Ashley Williams and Gueye were cautioned by referee Michael Oliver and the goals came from Harry Kane (two) and Dele Alli; Romelu Lukaku and Enner Valencia.

Craig Pawson’s tactical notes might wisely include these points from Keith Hackett: “He could get caught out by those sudden long balls employed by Everton and the forward pace of Spurs which, at times, can be electric.” Pawson has refereed just the one Spurs game this season, their 4-1 defeat at the Etihad in December, but has been in charge of two Everton fixtures, one of which came at Anfield and included a push on Dominic Calvert-Lewin by Dejan Lovren.

Kevin FriendAFC Bournemouth v Arsenal

Assistants: H Lennard
& M Wilkes
Fourth official: Lee Probert

AFCB are trying to beat Arsenal for the very first time at the seventh attempt in this lunchtime kick-off for the benefit of the Sky Sports cameras.

The first time Arsenal kicked a ball in Dorset in anger they won 2-0 and that was only in February, 2016. Kevin Friend was in charge and only felt the need to caution the visitors’ Flamini.

All you need to know about Kevin Friend:

Matches in 2017/18: 11 (7 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 15

Yellows: 26 Reds: 0

Their last (and second) visit ended 3-3 in January, 2017, with goals forthcoming from Charlie Daniels, Callum Wilson (penalty), Simon Francis, Alexis Sanchez, Lucas Perez and Olivier Giroud.

Referee Michael Oliver booked Artur Boruc, Harry Arter, Steve Cook, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi and Aaron Ramsey while he also sent off Francis with what was a “harsh” decision according to Cherries boss Eddie Howe.

Kevin Friend is in charge today as 16th entertain sixth place having taken Bournemouth’s draw at Palace and Arsenal’s October win over Brighton. He is one of six referees on SG1 yet to show a red card in the Premier League this season.

Andre Marriner

Liverpool v Manchester City

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Fourth official: Mike Dean

One man managed one and played for the other, Kevin Keegan; one man played for one and managed the other’s goalkeepers, Joe Corrigan, while one famous manager played for both and managed neither: Matt Busby.

All you need to know about Andre Marriner:

Matches in 2017/18: 15 (12 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 12

Yellows: 36 Reds: 2

Robbie Fowler, Steve McMahon, Steve McManaman, James Milner, David James, Kolo Toure, Daniel Sturridge, Didi Hamann, Raheem Sterling, Craig Bellamy, Mario Balotelli, Nicolas Anelka, Albert Riera, Peter Beardsley have also all worn the colours of both.

The Reds and the Blues have advanced to February’s next Champions League stage, proving that the players currently on the books of both are more than enough to whet the taste buds themselves for this late Sunday kick-off, the 208th time these sides have met.

The first time on Merseyside ended 3-0 in Division Two back in the 19th Century, with ten Scots starting for LFC. The last at Anfield ended 1-0 on New Years Eve, 2016. Georginio Wijnaldum scored and Craig Pawson booked Ragnar Klavan, Emre Can and Nicolas Otamendi.

Prior to his historic involvement in the English roll-out of VAR, Andre Marriner refereed Liverpool’s defeat at Spurs in October and City’s win at Newcastle over the Christmas period.

anthony-taylor-2Manchester United v Stoke City

Assistants: A Nunn
& C Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Bobby Madley

It’s game 108 between the clubs currently standing at 2nd and 18th in the Premier League, respectively. The first was won 1-0 by Newton Heath, United’s forerunners, in March, 1893 thanks to an Alfred Farman goal.

All you need to know about Anthony Taylor:

Matches in 2017/18: 15 (7 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 4

Yellows: 61 Reds: 0

Last season, both meetings ended 1-1, with the Old Trafford encounter falling in October, 2016 and giving Jose Mourinho his first draw as United boss. Anthony Martial and Joe Allen scored the goals, while there were cautions for Antonio Valencia, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera from Bobby Madley.

Anthony Taylor takes this Monday evening kick-off for Sky Sports, having refereed Stoke’s draw at West Brom in August as well as United’s win at West Brom and their defeat at Chelsea.


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