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    Just three rounds of fixtures to go now until the end of this Premier League campaign, and Mike Riley has found himself short of staff once again.

    With Jonathan Moss and Anthony Taylor otherwise engaged on Football League Play-Off duties, the pool of elite referees has decreased significantly.

    So much so that Chris Foy – out injured for some while, and after only having taking charge of Accrington Stanley v Mansfield Town last weekend – has been thrown straight back in at the deep end.

    Let’s take a look at who is reffing who on Week 36...

    Martin Atkinson: Hull City v Burnley

    Assistants: M. Mullarkey and S. Child
    Fourth official: R. Madley

    We all know what happened the last time that Martin Atkinson refereed a Burnley game.

    Stamford Bridge was the venue. Minutes 30, 33, 43 and 69.

    Clearly the wily official will need to be on his mettle this time in what has become the proverbial relegation six-pointer.

    If the visitors lose this one, they’re down. Plain and simple. So expect Sean Dyche to ensure no quarter is asked or given from his players.

    Hull can take a big leap towards safety with a home win too, so we can expect a nervous crowd and 22 nervous players.

    The one man who needs to stand up and be counted is Atkinson.

    Anyone watching the Juventus v Real Madrid Champions League game during the week will have seen an official at the top of his game, making big calls and decisions that were spot on.

    That kind of application is required at the KC Stadium.

    Martin Atkinson - all you need to know

    Matches in 2014/15: 30 (15 on TV)

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

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

    Last reffed Hull: 18 January 2015
    Last reffed Burnley: 21 February 2015

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

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    Mark Clattenburg: Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur

    Assistants: J. Collin and S. Beck
    Fourth official: G. Scott

    Tottenham pitch up at the Britannia Stadium looking for three points that will keep them in the hunt for fifth place at the expense of Liverpool.

    Stoke have little but pride to play for although, should West Ham come unstuck in the Midlands against Aston Villa, Stoke can leapfrog the Hammers into ninth in the table.

    One place doesn’t seem too much, but the financial rewards it brings are meaningful. An extra £1m is not to be sniffed at.

    It’s the third time in five games that Clattenburg has been appointed to oversee proceedings at the Britannia, the previous two ending in victories over Everton and Southampton. Mark Hughes will be hopeful of a hat-trick.

    It’s worth posting the question at this point as to whether one official has ever been seconded so often to the same venue? Should anything be read into this?

    In any event, Spurs should also be happy that a referee of the calibre of Mark Clattenburg is taking the reins here.

    Mark Clattenburg - all you need to know

    Matches in 2014/15: 25 (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 Stoke: 18 April 2015
    Last reffed Spurs: 15 March 2015

    Honours: 2012 League Cup Final, 2012 Olympic Games

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    Mike Dean: Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers

    Assistants: J. Brooks and S. Long
    Fourth official: M. Jones

    Similarly to Clattenburg, Mike Dean finds himself back at the Etihad Stadium after just a fortnight.

    On this occasion QPR are the visitors, in a repeat of the conclusion of the 2011/12 season.

    There isn’t quite as much at stake for the hosts this time but with Arsenal breathing down their necks, City do need a win to consolidate second place.

    QPR on the other hand need the three points to stay in the division.

    Hoops’ manager Chris Ramsey isn’t the biggest fan of the officials at this precise moment.

    He criticised ref Mike Jones for disallowing a Richard Dunne goal which would’ve won his side the game against West Ham, and given them hope in their survival boost.

    However, with respect to Jones, Mike Dean is operating at a higher level than his colleague this season and it’ll be a surprise if fingers are pointed in his direction at the conclusion of this one.

    Mike Dean - all you need to know

    Matches in 2014/15: 28 (11 on TV)

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

    Last reffed Man City: 25 April 2015
    Last reffed QPR: 31 Jan 2015

    Honours: 2008 FA Cup final

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    Roger East: Leicester City v Southampton

    Assistants: M. Perry and L. Betts
    Fourth official: N. Swarbrick

    Roger East takes charge of just his 16th game of the season, at the King Power Stadium.

    Of all of the top-flight officials, East has presided over the joint-least amount of games, but cannot use injury as an excuse.

    Perhaps a reflection on one or two poor decisions earlier in the season, but East has been steady on the majority of occasions, if not brilliant.

    Nigel Pearson continues to belittle just about everyone, including the officials, but on his day East can produce the goods.

    He needs to come up big from a personal perspective because a poor showing here and it could be his final Premier League appointment this season.

    Southampton are unlikely to have too many complaints after East expertly took charge of their game against Burnley a few weeks ago.

    Roger East - all you need to know

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

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

    Last reffed Leicester: 29 November 2014
    Last reffed Southampton: 21 March 2015

    Honours:

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    Chris Foy: Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion

    Assistants: H. Lennard and I. Hussin
    Fourth official: M. Jones

    Chris Foy has as good as been thrown to the lions by Mike Riley.

    Tyneside is hurting at the moment after eight successive defeats for the Magpies, and this is Foy’s first game in almost two months in the top flight.

    There can be absolutely no room for error here.

    Foy must be competent in his decision making and ensure that his levels of fitness are back to somewhere near their best. At 53 years of age, that’s a big ask.

    The last thing that PGMOL want is such an appointment coming back to haunt them, and if Newcastle were to lose this one, John Carver et al will be looking for scapegoats without doubt.

    Mike Riley has left himself with no choice to appoint Foy again because of the removal of Moss and Taylor from this week’s elite list.

    It’s extremely short-sighted on the part of PGMOL.

    Chris Foy - all you need to know

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

    Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 10
    Football League appointments in 2014/15: 8

    Last reffed Newcastle:
    Last reffed West Brom:

    Honours:

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    Kevin Friend: Arsenal v Swansea City

    Assistants: M. Scholes and R. West
    Fourth official: R. Madley

    As with many of his colleagues this particular week, Kevin Friend officiates a game that has something riding on the outcome.

    The Emirates Stadium will be packed to capacity for the Gunners’ third to last home game. North London expects.

    Expects a win to consolidate their place in the table and place even more pressure on Manuel Pellegrini.

    Expects to see a free-flowing game of football between two sides known to enjoy a high-quality passing game.

    Expects the officials to keep a tight rein on proceedings.

    Friend has had his doubters this season but Arsenal and Swansea aren’t amongst them. He’ll want to keep it that way.

    Kevin Friend - all you need to know

    Matches in 2014/15: 22 (5 on TV)

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

    Last reffed Arsenal: 4 March 2015
    Last reffed Swansea: 2 December 2014

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

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    Andre Marriner: Chelsea v Liverpool

    Assistants: G. Beswick and D. Cann
    Fourth official: J. Moss

    The game of the weekend comes at Stamford Bridge, Jonathan Moss taking fourth official duties the day after his Play-Off semi-final.

    Andre Marriner gets the golden ticket after some fine recent displays and he’ll find a carnival atmosphere pervading around this part of West London.

    Already Champions, Chelsea can afford to ease off the gas slightly.

    However, in doing so, they run the risk of handing the advantage to Brendan Rodgers, whose teams have still yet to beat a Jose Mourinho-led side competitively.

    It’s Marriner’s first trip to the Bridge since he mistakenly sent off Kieran Gibbs for Arsenal last season, something he won’t want to be reminded of.

    Rodgers blamed the official for not awarding a penalty in their FA Cup tie against Blackburn earlier in the season, but TV replays showed that Marriner called every decision right in that game.

    Andre Marriner - all you need to know

    Matches in 2014/15: 20 (6 on TV)

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

    Last reffed Chelsea: 12 April 2015
    Last reffed Liverpool: 31 Jan 2015

    Honours: 2013 FA Cup final

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    Lee Mason: Aston Villa v West Ham United

    Assistants: A. Halliday and D. Eaton
    Fourth official: M. Dean

    Mason was competent enough in his last showing at the KC Stadium, and is awarded the game between the sides in claret and blue.

    Tim Sherwood has done a sterling job at Villa Park since his arrival, guiding his side into the FA Cup final and almost clear of relegation.

    The ex-Spurs manager hasn’t had a run-in with this particular official but if he makes a similar decision to the last time he was at this venue, that could all change.

    On that occasion, Gabby Agbonlahor was dismissed for what looked like nothing more than a coming-together with Ashley Young.

    It was certainly one of the stranger red cards of the season and left the entire ground baffled.

    West Ham are already on their holidays by the looks of their current form so the hosts could enjoy another much-needed three points.

    A win could well gloss over any of Mason’s evident shortcomings.

    Lee Mason - all you need to know

    Matches in 2014/15: 23 (4 on TV)

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

    Last reffed Aston Villa: 28 Feb 2015
    Last reffed West Ham: 21 March 2015

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    Michael Oliver : Crystal Palace v Manchester United

    Assistants: S. Bennett and M. McDonaugh
    Fourth official: K. Friend

    Michael Oliver runs the risk of Louis Van Gaal’s wrath if he continues with his lack of consistency.

    The official was quick to brandish a red card to Angel Di Maria earlier in the season when the Argentine placed his hands on the official.

    Van Gaal had no complaints at the time but like many others will have been miffed by the decision not to send off Joe Hart when he appeared to place his head onto Oliver’s in a separate game.

    Vincent Kompany has also been seen to have placed his hands right across Oliver’s chest during a game, with no action resulting for either incident.

    Kompany’s misdemeanour actually came against Crystal Palace in the last game he refereed at Selhurst Park, a game in which Palace were triumphant.

    Alan Pardew has got the Eagles flying high again so this won’t be a routine trip to London for the Red Devils.

    The pressure’s on.

    Michael Oliver - all you need to know

    Matches in 2014/15: 24 (11 on TV)

    Fourth official appointments in 2014/15: 4
    Football League appointments in 2014/15: 8

    Last reffed Crystal Palace: 6 April 2015
    Last reffed Man Utd: 1 Jan 2015

    Honours: 4th official – 2013 League Cup Final, 2014 Community Shield, Assistant 2014 UEFA Super Cup, 2015 FA Trophy Final

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    Lee Probert: Everton v Sunderland

    Assistants: R. Ganfield and A. Garratt
    Fourth official: C. Pawson

    Lee Probert continues his comeback from injury and his rehabilitation at the top level.

    In his four games this season, he has already shown 15 yellows and two red cards, so hasn’t been shy in dishing out the punishments.

    He last refereed Sunderland against Everton in April 2014, a match that the Toffees won 1-0. Prior to that, Everton were again the Black Cats’ opponents, on Boxing Day 2013, when the official sent off Tim Howard.

    The decision was the right one but Roberto Martinez had cause to berate the official just a few weeks later, when he accused Probert of not being “strong enough” in a decision-making process that ultimately cost Everton the points against a Chelsea side whom they had matched throughout.

    Question marks remain over his fitness at this point.

    Lee Probert - all you need to know

    Matches in 2014/15: 4 ( 0 on TV)

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

    Last reffed Everton: N/A
    Last reffed Sunderland: N/A

      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

        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

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        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

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        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

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        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

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        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

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        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

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        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

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        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

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        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

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        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

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        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

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        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

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