Premier League referees in Week 17 | 12th December 17 - 13th December 17

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Space dictates we can’t go relitigating all of Matchday 16’s incidents, however “harsh, harsh, harsh, harsh” they seem in the cold light of day.

Always good to see Chris Kavanagh and Paul Tierney getting top flight games, even if they might have deserve selection on a more regular basis. More than one of the YATR team has had the pleasure of assessing these two and their conduct on and off the field has earned both Lancastrians the highest of praise.

Let’s just hope Marko Arnautovic has had a long enough chat with another YATR contributor, David Moyes, to know exactly where he stands in future with regards to goal celebrations as we head into Matchday 17.

Mike JonesBurnley v Stoke City | 12/12 | 7.45pm


Assistants: M Scholes & S Long

Fourth official: Michael Oliver

Parsimonious not only in comparison to their current rivals, but to their own record at this stage last season, and with only four first-half goals conceded, Burnley entertain a Stoke side in a proper slump.


All you need to know about Mike Jones:

Matches in 2017/18: 6 (1 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 11

Yellows: 23 Reds: 0


Northern Ireland forward Martin Paterson, now at Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League, Phil Bardsley, James O’Connor and Jon Walters represent four relatively recent links between these clubs and O’Connor now manages in the League in which Paterson plays.

This is the 109th meeting between them in all, the first having come along, in Lancashire at least, in December, 1888 when their Division One clash ended 2-1 to Burnley.

Last April, 2017 it ended 1-0, as George Boyd helped the Clarets beat their previous highest Premier League points haul, and Kevin Friend issued cautions for Boyd, Joey Barton, Stephen Ward, Charlie Adam and Bruno Martins Indi.

Potentially opposed today by countrymen Ngoy and Verlinden, the Belgian Steven Defour will have had all the time in the world for World Cup ‘bants’ with Tom Heaton, whose timing of an international run contrasts with that of clubmate Jack Cork. The latter has only recently featured in a Southgate squad, whereas Heaton’s sickening early-season shoulder injury against Palace looks to have put paid to his chances of making the proverbial plane alongside Stoke’s Butland.

Prior to taking this 1945 Tuesday kick-off, Mike Jones’s last Stoke game was their September win over Southampton, while he has not reffed Burnley since their May 2016 home draw with West Brom.

Crystal Palace v Watford | 12/12 | 8pm


Assistants: I Hussin & M Wilkes

Fourth official: Simon Hooper

The first ever meeting between Palace and Watford was in April, 1921 in Division Three (south), and it ended 2-2. The last was in March, 2017 and ended 1-0 to Palace thanks to a Troy Deeney own goal, with bookings for Sebastian Prodl and Tom Cleverley from referee Martin Atkinson.


All you need to know about Lee Mason:

Matches in 2017/18: 8 (1 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 10

Yellows: 16 Reds: 1


Palace had zero shots on target that day and Watford’s then manager, Walter Mazzarri, said: “We are not happy. There was a foul before the goal and it was an own goal. We didn’t deserve to lose.”

In the reverse fixture, Wilf Zaha was first cautioned for simulation after tangling with Leo Britos before a near miss of a skirmish with mascot Harry the Hornet, which also put the back up of new Palace boss Sam Allardyce.

Watford’s squad contains representatives of 9 qualifiers for next summer: Peru, Brazil, France, England, Nigeria, Belgium, Spain, Argentina and Italy, and that’s not counting a 10th, Portugal, where their latest manager comes from.

Finding himself in charge of this fixture’s 116th edition, pitting 9th place against bottom, Lee Mason reffed Watford’s win at Swansea in September, plus the April, 2016 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford for Palace.

Andre MarrinerHuddersfield Town v Chelsea | 12/12 | 8pm


Assistants: S Beck & S Ledger

Fourth official: Paul Tierney

Alex Jackson moved to Chelsea for £8.5k in 1930, having won the league title with the Terriers in 1926. He won 17 Scotland caps in all, and in 179 appearances for Town, scored 70 goals.

Ken Monkou, Frank Sinclair, Danny Drinkwater, on loan, and Duncan Shearer, who despite spending 1983-86 at the Bridge mustered only two games and one goal, have all pulled on the colours of both clubs. The currently injured loanee and FA Youth Cup winner, Kasey Palmer, would not be eligible to play for Town against parent club Chelsea in any case.


All you need to know about Andre Marriner:

Matches in 2017/18: 11 (8 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2017/18:

Yellows: 31 Reds: 2


Apologies would appear to currently be all the rage, and Rajiv van la Parra added his to the Matchday 15 list, albeit to his team-mates and not the wider world. On the subject of his red card, “He completely understood, apologised to his team-mates and now we move on,” said manager David Wagner.

Unlikely as it may seem, Huddersfield can draw level with Chelsea in historic victories in this fixture with a win today, as Chelsea can claim 28 to their 27, with nine draws. The very first Yorkshire encounter ended 3-1 in April, 1911 in Division Two.

The last came in October, 1983, coincidentally in the same division, and ended in a 3-2 away win.

Since then there have been four Stamford Bridge games, one of which, in the FA Cup, was won 1-0 thanks to a Kenny Irons goal for the Terriers in 1999. That day referee Rob Styles booked Chris Beech, George Donis, Jes Hogh and Mikael Forsell.

Andre Marriner takes a 9th televised game of the season having last refereed Huddersfield in May, 2013… a 2-2 home draw with Barnsley. His last Chelsea game was their recent defeat at Selhurst Park.

Martin AtkinsonNewcastle United v Everton | 13/12 | 7.45pm


Assistants: S Child & A Holmes

Fourth official: Andy Madley

Dan Gosling, the late Gary Speed, Duncan Ferguson, Peter Beardsley and Sylvain Distin share a dual history, while new Everton boss Sam Allardyce never brought his team to Goodison in his eight months as Newcastle manager.

Both Everton and Newcastle can  boast the highest Premier League scoring Scot in Ferguson, who bagged 69 and Newcastle have the highest outright Premier League scorer in Englishman Alan Shearer. Even though Wayne Rooney lags behind Shearer’s 260, he did overtake the Geordie’s record for away goals scored last season.


All you need to know about Martin Atkinson:

Matches in 2017/18: 10 (5 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2

Yellows: 29 Reds: 2


The first north-eastern encounter between Toffees and Magpies ended 3-0 in Division One back in September, 1898, courtesy of Harold Clarke an Owen (from William, in one of only 13 Everton appearances) goal and an own goal.

The last came in February, 2016, with Craig Pawson in charge. Scorers Aaron Lennon and two penalties from Ross Barkley ensured a 3-0 home win with cautions for Seamus Coleman, Jonjo Shelvey and two yellows for Jamaal Lascelles.

Martin Atkinson refereed Everton’s home win over Bournemouth and the last time he refereed Newcastle was the 1-1 Tyne and Wear derby in March, 2016, when he cautioned Jack Colback, Daryl Janmaat, Jonjo Shelvey and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Southampton v Leicester City | 13/12 | 7.45pm


Assistants: G Beswick & S Massey-Ellis

Fourth official: Roger East

The return of Claude Puel has hardly been long-awaited. While he is only in his second English season, the French coach at least should be better briefed on the opposition than  his Argentinian counterpart, who is less than halfway through his first.

This is the 85th fixture between these two clubs, and the first one ever was in January, 1898… a 2-1 home win in the FA Cup with Saints’ goals scored by Robert John Buchanan and Samuel Meston; Leicester’s by Roderick McLeod.


All you need to know about Chris Kavanagh:

Matches in 2017/18: 4 (0 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 9

Yellows: 13 Reds: 0


The last meeting in Hampshire was in January, 2017, when Michael Oliver only booked Wes Morgan when plenty of neutrals felt he deserved to see red instead. It ended in a 3-0 home win, with goals from James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic and Jay Rodriguez.

Chris Kavanagh has yet to referee either Leicester or Southampton this season but the Saints featured in his one and only Premier League appointment last season, when they won 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

Anthony TaylorSwansea City v Manchester City | 13/12 | 7.45pm


Assistants: L Betts & P Kirkup

Fourth official: Lee Probert

The Swans can’t seem to score and have the least shots on target in the Premier League to shout about, while the self-styled Cityzens have a daunting tally of 48 already, for a goal difference of plus 37.

In this 34th encounter pitting 19th versus first in the Premier League, the managers, bizarrely have the famous German club, Bayern Munich, in common. Paul Clement was of course assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, who succeeded Pep Guardiola in charge of the Bavarian giants and stayed until September 2017. Clement left Munich for the Liberty Stadium at the turn of this year.


All you need to know about Anthony Taylor:

Matches in 2017/18: 10 (5 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 2

Yellows: 42 Reds: 0


Actual links between the clubs themselves include Wilfried Bony, Scott Sinclair and Tommy Hutchison, while Frank Lampard Jr played for both, albeit briefly.

The first meeting in Wales between Swansea and their Mancunian guests was in February, 1927, when the visitors won 3-1 in Division Two.

The last one was in September, 2016, finishing 3-1 thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero (two), Raheem Sterling and Fernando Llorente. Referee Neil Swarbrick found room in his book for Bakary Sagna, Fernandinho, Sterling and Aleksandar Kolarov, plus Swansea’s Jordi Amat and Mike van der Hoorn.

Anthony Taylor has yet to referee Swansea this season, but did take Manchester City’s hefty win at Watford in September. In the reverse fixture last season Mike Dean cautioned Raheem Sterling for simulation in the 44th minute.

Paul Tierney

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion | 13/12 | 8pm


Assistants: C Hatzidakis & M McDonough

Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

Steve Clarke (LFC assistant; Baggies boss), Roy Hodgson (who managed both), David ‘Bugsy’ Burrows, Andre Wisdom, Rickie Lambert and Scott Carson have all been on the payrolls of both famous clubs relatively recently, while Joe Corrigan held the position of goalkeeping coach at both, too.

This is the 149th encounter and pits 4th versus 17th, the first meeting on Merseyside having taken place on New Years Day, 1894, in Division One. It ended 4-0 to Liverpool thanks to goals from Garry Bradshaw (two), James Ross and David Hannah.


All you need to know about Paul Tierney:

Matches in 2017/18: 5 (0 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 5

Yellows: 18 Reds: 0


The last meeting was in October, 2016, when referee Neil Swarbrick cautioned Jordan Henderson, Claudio Yacob, James McClean and James Morrison while goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Gareth McAuley produced a 2-1 home win.

Coutinho is already highest scoring Brazilian ever in the Premier League with 38, and he can’t get a game! Contrary to the general perception, Liverpool have conceded only three at home in the Premier League, equal best with Manchester United.

Paul Tierney has yet to referee Liverpool this term but did take West Brom’s stalemate at home to West Ham in September.

Graham ScottManchester United v Bournemouth | 13/12 | 8pm


Assistants: A Nunn & R West

Fourth official: Mike Dean

Josh King may be the current poster boy for representing both of them, but he treads a famous path, as Russell Beardsmore and George Best (with five apperances in 1983), Rio Ferdinand, on loan from West Ham throughout 1996/7 and Ted MacDougall, who scored five goals in 18 league games, would attest. Jack Rowley predated them all and when John O’Shea played ten games on loan for the Cherries in 2000 he played them at the back, next to a certain Eddie Howe.


All you need to know about Graham Scott:

Matches in 2017/18: 8 (1 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 7

Yellows: 13 Reds: 1


This is only the 13th meeting of these sides ever, pitting 2nd against 14th, the first having taken place in January, 1949 and ending 6-0 at Maine Road in the FA Cup 3rd round. Doubles from the very same Rowley and Ronnie Burke, plus one apiece from Charlie Mitten and Stan Pearson, won the tie for United.

Last season, in March, 2017, it ended 1-1 in the Premier League and Kevin Friend omitted to punish a Tyrone Mings head-butt and a Zlatan elbow. Bournemouth avoided defeat for the first time ever at Old Trafford as King and Marcos Rojo notched, while Ibrahimovic missed a penalty. As he still has some way to go to beat countryman Freddie Ljungberg’s 48 Premier League goals, he may ultimately rue that day, as he was cautioned for a separate infringement, while Drew Surman was dismissed late on for a second yellow.

Calum Wilson only managed 66 minutes against United before getting injured last season and is one of only four hat-trick scorers in the Premier League this.

Graham Scott last refereed United against Burton Albion in the new-fangled Carabao Cup and Bournemouth’s home draw with Leicester earlier this season.

Robert MadleyTottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion | 13/12 | 8pm


Assistants: S Bennett & M Perry

Fourth official: Kevin Friend

Only Manchester City have lost possession less times than Brighton so far this season, so it will be interesting to see whether Chris Hughton’s game-plan receives a tweak for Wembley.

This was prevented from being a tale of two Colombians in Davinson Sanchez and Jose Izquierdo when the former took direct action to stop a Watford attack on Matchday 15 and got himself suspended. Still, there’s nothing to stop them reflecting on the prospect of facing Japan, Senegal and Poland this summer by Skype or phone instead!


All you need to know about Bobby Madley:

Matches in 2017/18: 8 (5 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 10

Yellows: 29  Reds: 2


The first ever meeting between Spurs and Brighton was in October, 1903 and ended 2-2 in the Southern League.

The last time was October, 2014, in the League Cup 4th round, 111 years on. Mark Clattenburg booked Federico Fazio, while the goals came from from Erik Lamela and Harry Kane. Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen is out in front as the Premier League’s highest-ever scoring Dane, having scored a 35th versus Stoke.

Hughton is the latest in a long line of Spurs players turned Albion managers which includes Peter Taylor, Billy Lane and Alan Mullery twice, while Gerry Armstrong briefly stayed on the south coast as a player coach.

Paddy Gilhooley, Bobby Zamora, Walter Bellamy,  George Coomber, Ian Culverhouse, Almer Hall, Joe Kinnear, Leonard Hyde, Sam Jennings, Jim Kennedy, Gary Stevens,  John Piercy, Jimmy Townley, Harry Lowe, George Leach, Charlie Lanham actually played for both clubs.

Bobby Madley reffed Spurs’ home win over Bournemouth in October and the last Brighton fixture he took was in February, when promotion rivals Newcastle came to the Amex Stadium and won in the Championship.

Jonathan MossWest Ham United v Arsenal | 13/12 | 8pm


Assistants: E Smart & H Lennard

Fourth official: Craig Pawson

The first meeting between these two at Upton Park was a first-round replay in the FA Cup won by the Gunners 3-2, when strikes from Billy Bridgeman and Lionel Watson were not enough to overcome goals from Charlie Satterthwaite, Billy Garbutt and Andrew Ducat.


All you need to know about Jon Moss:

Matches in 2017/18: 11 (7 on TV)

Fourth official appointments in 2017/18: 7

Yellows: 37 Reds: 1


The last came one year ago, when the home side  lost 5-1. Cautioned were Ashley Fletcher, Winston Reid, Alvaro Arbeloa, Francis Coquellin, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi, while the goals were supplied by Andy Carroll, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and an Alexis Sanchez hat-trick.

In the 1980 FA Cup Final, referee George Courtney produced a yellow card for Willie Young after fouling, and then patting 17-year-old Paul Allen on the head. It was to change the Laws within 18 months. Thanks to Trevor Brooking’s 13th-minute header it was also the last time the FA Cup was won by a team outside top flight, although losers Brighton in 1983 and winners Wigan, 30 years later, were relegated shortly before their Wembley appearances.

Steve Walford, Stuart Robson, Jim Standen, Liam Brady, Jeremie Aliadiere, Nigel Winterburn, John Hartson, Ian Wright, Bobby Gould, Matthew Upson, Jimmy Bloomfield, Alex Song, Luis Boa Morte, Freddie Ljungberg, John Radford, Davor Suker, Lee Chapman, Richard Wright, Henri Lansbury, Kaba Diawara, Pedro Almunia, Carl Jenkinson, David Bentley (on a brief loan), Yossi Benayoun and Marouane Chamakh all played for both clubs.

Chicharito will be hoping to be fit today to face at least one German player, although Mustafi’s injury means he is the least likely of three to help stage a preview of Mexico’s World Cup opener versus Germany in Russia next summer.

Jon Moss has so far refereed neither Arsenal nor West Ham this season. The last time he took an Arsenal game was their 2-0 win at Southampton in May, and his last West Ham game was their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in November, 2016, another televised fixture and one in which hes sent Jose Mourinho to the stand.

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