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Runners and Riders – the Premier League officials in Week 22

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Roger East is one of the referees on Premier League duty this weekend

It’s fair to say that the FA Cup provided its fair share of shocks – only this time it involved the performance of some of the officials.

Shocking in some cases, not good enough at this level in others.

That continued in midweek, with the absurd sending-off of Kyle Naughton by the relatively inexperienced Graham Scott. He’s on fourth official duty this weekend.

Let’s see who’s earned a refereeing appointment in Week 22…

Martin Atkinson: Southampton v West Bromwich Albion
Assistants: S. Burt and L. Betts
Fourth official: S. Attwell

With respect to the visitors, Southampton will arguably try to play the better football here, but that’s not to underplay Tony Pulis’ more aggressive style.

The West Brom manager is expert at getting the very best from his staff and they’ll need to play at their maximum against a side that swept Arsenal aside by 4-0 at this venue at the turn of the year.

Martin Atkinson shouldn’t find this one too difficult to handle meaning he’ll need to stay alert and fresh and not coast through the 90 minutes.

There’s no doubt he’ll be pulled up if he fails to spot what could end up being a match-changing decision.

Martin Atkinson – all you need to know
Matches in 2015/16: 21 (12 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 5
Football League appointments in 2015/16: 0
Last refereed Southampton: 3 March 2015
Last refereed West Bromwich Albion: 29 November 2015
Honours: 2011 FA Cup Final, 2014 Capital One Cup Final, 2015 Europa League Final

Jonathan Moss: Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Assistants: A. Holmes and A. Garratt
Fourth official: M. Clattenburg

The shortest of sabbaticals and Jon Moss is back in action, this time at the Etihad Stadium for the visit of Alan Pardew’s Palace side.

The Eagles are flying high at present and could well put another spoke in the works for Manuel Pellegrini.

Their on-pitch prowess will be more crucial than usual, given that Moss has made one or two rickets at this venue in the past. He’s certainly unlikely to be City’s choice for Ref of the Year that’s for sure.

Palace will aim to unsettle their hosts at every opportunity and that’ll include Pardew’s prowling on the touchline.

Moss will need eyes on the back of his head but he does at least have Mark Clattenburg as a safe pair of hands if required.

Jonathan Moss – all you need to know
Matches in 2015/16: 15 (6 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 10
Football League appointments in 2015/16: 17
Last refereed Manchester City: 21 November 2015
Last refereed Crystal Palace: 3 October 2015
Honours: 2015 FA Cup Final

Mark Clattenburg: Liverpool v Manchester United
Assistants: S. Beck and R. West
Fourth official: R. East

Game of the weekend and who better to take charge of it than Mark Clattenburg?

A referee who is common sense personified and who will let the game flow and no doubt enjoy the evolving spectacle himself.

Manchester United haven’t scored a first half goal in 10 of their recent games, and Liverpool’s players are going down like skittles.

It’s doubtful therefore that this will be one of the classic clashes between these two English behemoths.

But no quarter will be asked or given by either side and that’s what Clattenburg has to be mindful of.

A quick word here and there will surely be appreciated by both manager’s and their staff.

Mark Clattenburg – all you need to know
Matches in 2015/16: 18 (7 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 6
Football League appointments in 2015/16: 25
Last refereed Liverpool: 20 December 2015
Last refereed Manchester United: 5 December 2015
Honours: 2012 League Cup Final, 2012 Olympic Games

Mike Dean: Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland
Assistants: S. Bennett and E. Smart
Fourth official: C. Pawson

Mike Dean earned praise in midweek for taking a firm stance against grappling, awarding a penalty against Manchester United’s Chris Smalling for getting to grips with an opponent in the box.

Hopefully Dean can continue to set an example at White Hart Lane this weekend, although Spurs will hope for similar luck to that they received in the FA Cup against Leicester last weekend.

Dean is something of a lucky charm for Sunderland however, being in charge of their wins over Stoke and Newcastle in the recent past.

Mike Dean – all you need to know
Matches in 2015/16: 18 (6 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 9
Football League appointments in 2015/16: 19
Last refereed Tottenham Hotspur: 2 November 2015
Last refereed Sunderland: 28 November 2015
Honours: 2008 FA Cup Final

Craig Pawson: Stoke City v Arsenal
Assistants: D. Bryan and S. Long
Fourth official: M. Dean

Craig Pawson was one of three select group officials who didn’t have the best of afternoons when on FA Cup duty.

The official missed a blatant trip which would’ve given Scunthorpe United a penalty against Chelsea and placed an entirely different complexion on that particular game.

Not for the first time his fitness and, as a result, his positioning, were called into question.

The Frenchman has already castigated the official this year for failure to send off Southampton’s Florin Gardos in Arsenal’s 0-4 defeat at St. Mary’s so Pawson’s card is marked before we start.

Craig Pawson – all you need to know
Matches in 2015/16: 17 (11 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 11
Football League appointments in 2015/16: 21
Last refereed Stoke City: 2 May 2015
Last refereed Arsenal: 26 September 2015

Roger East: Aston Villa v Leicester City
Assistants: D. Cann and G. Beswick
Fourth official: M. Oliver

All eyes will be on Roger East for what is only his second televised game of his 2015/16 season.
A Midlands derby with local pride, relegation worries and table-topping issues at stake.

Don’t be surprised if the atmosphere turns extremely toxic should the hosts succumb to an early goal for their neighbours.

Villa’s team needed a Police escort in order to get safely back to their team coach after being unable to beat lowly Wycombe in the FA Cup.

That’s the kind of pressure the sides will be playing under, and the same goes for East. With the TV cameras capturing every move, the official has to be giving of his very best.

Roger East – all you need to know
Matches in 2015/16: 13 (1 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 10
Football League appointments in 2015/16: 19
Last refereed Aston Villa: 17 October 2015
Last refereed Leicester City: 7 November 2015

Robert Madley: Bournemouth v Norwich City
Assistants: M. Perry and M. McDonough
Fourth official: G. Scott

A titanic tussle between two of last season’s promoted sides awaits Bobby Madley on the south coast.

Both teams continue to play excellent football with Eddie Howe’s Cherries finally getting the points that their performances have deserved.

Howe won’t really want to dwell on Madley’s awful error in the Tottenham v Leicester FA Cup tie. The penalty kick awarded two minutes from time was never any such thing.

With two teams who know each other’s game so well, expect a few flashpoints and hope that Madley is on top of them.

He’s in danger of ruining a promising season otherwise.

Robert Madley – all you need to know
Matches in 2015/16: 15 (7 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 11
Football League appointments in 2015/16: 19
Last refereed Bournemouth: n/a
Last refereed Norwich City: 31 October 2015

Michael Oliver: Swansea City v Watford
Assistants: S. Child and J. Collin
Fourth official: N. Swarbrick

Michael Oliver is off to Wales to take control of a struggling Swans side, hoping to get a win against high-flying Watford.

The affable and normally excellent young official will need to have his mettle about him here.

Oliver was another who let himself down over FA Cup weekend, failing to award Aston Villa a penalty in their draw with Wycombe Wanderers.

He also has form when it comes to taking charge of Swansea matches, Garry Monk incandescent with rage on occasions with the official.

At least Oliver has a clean slate here and he’ll be hoping to enhance his credentials rather than continue a poor run of individual form.

Michael Oliver – all you need to know
Matches in 2015/16: 14 (7 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 7
Football League appointments in 2015/16: 0
Last refereed Swansea City: 5 December 2015
Last refereed Watford: 3 October 2015
Honours: 4th official – 2013 League Cup Final, 2014 Community Shield, Assistant 2014 UEFA Super Cup, 2015 FA Trophy Final, 2015 U17 World Cup Final

Neil Swarbrick: Newcastle United v West Ham United
Assistants: S. Ledger and J. Brooks
Fourth official: L. Mason

Appointed for the second week in a row, Neil Swarbrick gets the hot bed of St. James’ Park for the visit of Slaven Bilic’s West Ham side.

The Hammers have taken some almighty scalps on their travels this season and despite Newcastle’s woes, this would be another. Why? The visitors have won just once here in the last 14 years.

Swarbrick was described as ‘card happy’ the last time he took charge of a West Ham game, marking his own card by brandishing a yellow to Mark Noble after just two minutes of their match with Sunderland.

He’ll need to be a little more studious and reflective here because having 55,000 screaming Geordies on your case isn’t the most pleasant of experiences.

Neil Swarbrick – all you need to know
Matches in 2015/16: 8 (0 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 9
Football League appointments in 2015/16: 16
Last refereed Newcastle United: 25 April 2015
Last refereed West Ham United: 3 October 2015

Mike Jones: Chelsea v Everton
Assistants: M. Mullarkey and P. Kirkup
Fourth official: A. Taylor

Mike Jones gets his second Chelsea game in just over a month and he’ll find the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge a little more cordial this time around.

On his last visit, Bournemouth stunned the reigning champions with a late winner but the Blues are on the crest of a wave since the departure of Jose Mourinho. Make of that what you will.

Everton will come to attack and in Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku the Toffees have two of the division’s form players.

If Jones lets this one run freely, we could witness a goal-fest, much in the mould of the nine-goal thriller at Goodison last term. Starved of goals this season, the home support will certainly hope so.

See this one through with aplomb and Jones’ star will continue to rise.

Mike Jones – all you need to know Matches in 2015/16: 15 (3 on TV)
Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 9
Football League appointments in 2015/16: 19
Last refereed Chelsea: 5 December 2015
Last refereed Everton: 29 August 2015