by Andrew Crawshaw
Before I look into our game I would like to welcome Chris Kavanagh to the Premier League as a new referee. He takes charge of the Saturday game between West Brom and Southampton. Chris was born in Lancashire but is affiliated to Cleveland (NE of England).
So far this year he had refereed 35 games mostly in the Championship with a few in League 1 and 2 and some cup games. In those he has issued 115 yellow and 2 red cards. A couple of weeks ago I watched the Fulham v Wolves game with him in charge and truth be told I didn’t think he had a very good game. I hope that he pays particular attention on Saturday and has more awareness of the differences between a yellow and red card offences.
For our Monday Night game we have:-
- Referee – Michael Oliver 31 years old from Northumberland and FIFA Accredited
- Assistant 1 – Gary Beswick from Durham and FIFA Accredited
- Assistant 2 – Jake Collin from Mersyside and FIFA Accredited
- Fourth Official – Neil Swarbrick 50 years old from Lancashire
So once again an experienced team with the Ref and both Assistants having their FIFA Accreditation. We have seen that this doesn’t necessarily mean much in terms of the accuracy of the decisions being given on the pitch.
This will be the fourth time that Mr Oliver has been charge of an Arsenal game we have already seen him for :-
Matchweek 1 Arsenal v Liverpool 3 – 4
|Ref Review: Arsenal – Liverpool|
82.3% Overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 60/40 and two wrong Important Decisions (Second Yellow, Red Cards, Penalties and Goals).
- Min 45+1 Liverpool goal scored following a ‘phantom’ foul. and
- Min 75 Chambers was offside when scoring Arsenal’s third goal.
Right result, wrong score should have been Arsenal 2 – Liverpool 3
Matchweek 6 Arsenal v Chelsea 3 – 0
|Ref Review Arsenal – Chelsea : Another good performance from the ref!|
81.4% Overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 10/90 but no wrong Important Decisions
Matchweek 20 Bournemouth v Arsenal 3 – 3
|REF REVIEW BOURNEMOUTH – ARSENAL:|
84.2% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams on 21/79. One wrong Important Decision when in Min 58 committed a foul on Bellerin in the build up to Bournemouth’s third goal which therefore shouldn’t have counted.
What has he been like in the past two seasons?
2015-16 – Two games and two draws
Arsenal v Liverpool 24 August (0 – 0)
|Ref Review: Arsenal – Liverpool|
67% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 90/10 and three wrong Important Decisions which certainly cost us two points.
- Min 8 Aaron Ramsey scored a perfectly good goal only for it to be ruled out for an erroneous offside decision.
- Min 72 Lucas should have conceded a penalty for a foul on Giroud and in
- Min 85 Mignolet was correctly given a yellow card for timewasting but that should have been his second as he should have had a first in
- Min 58 when he deliberately kicked the ball away.
Spurs v Arsenal 5 March (2 – 2)
|Ref Review: Tottenham – Arsenal : not the consistency we are asking for|
56% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 14/86 and two wrong Important Decisions.
- Min 65 Lamella fouls Sanchez for a yellow card (given) and then pushes him for a second (not given),
- Min 79 Dier (already on a yellow card) made a deliberate attack breaking foul – the foul was given but not the second yellow card. Another two points denied by the referee. 25 minutes against 10 men and 10 against 9 would almost certainly have seen an Arsenal win.
Going back to 2014-15 and we had Mr Oliver on three occasions – three draws against Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea. We have full reviews for the Spurs and Liverpool games only.
Arsenal v Spurs 27 Sept (1 – 1)
|REFEREE REVIEW: Arsenal – Tottenham|
66% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams of 85/15 and two wrong Important Decisions.
- Min 30 Rose should have conceded a penalty for a foul on Wilshere and
- Min 72 Mason should have had a second yellow card for a foul on Özil (his first should have come in Min 15 for a foul on Wilshere). Another game where we were denied two points by Mr Oliver.
Liverpool v Arsenal 21 December (2 – 2)
|Ref Review Liverpool – Arsenal. Someone put something in the ref’s tea at half time|
67% overall weighted score, bias against the two teams 0/100 and two wrong Important Decisions. Min 61 Sterling should have been dismissed for a second yellow card (deliberate handball) his first should have come in Min 46 for a dive when Debuchy was wrongly booked instead.
- Min 90+1 Borini was dismissed for a second yellow card, the challenge deserved a straight red card carrying a three match suspension. Again a draw where the result should probably have been an Arsenal win with a man advantage for 30 minutes.
Arsenal v Chelsea 26 April (0 – 0) – here is a link to Walter’s post game report.
Chelsea coming for and getting a draw with a typical Maureen example of anti-football. No indications of any howlers from Mr Oliver in this one.
- Mr Oliver certainly seems to have improved as a referee this year compared with the previous two seasons. He has scored a highly creditable 80% plus in each of his three games involving Arsenal so far this season. A fourth score like these will be very welcome on Monday night.
- Where he isn’t so good generally is in recognising the bad challenges and issuing second yellow or red cards. In our analysis of the first 16 weeks of the season, we noted 7 wrong second yellow card decisions and 11 wrong red cards, we didn’t note a single correct sending off. In total he made 32 wrong decisions in his 14 games, an average of just over 2 per game.
- His bias numbers against Arsenal are PGMO typical so expect four out of five wrong decisions to be in Palace’s favour.
- He is worse than average on penalties getting 13 correct and 12 wrong so just over 50% correct (the all referee figures are 206 correct and 107 wrong so about 65% correct).
- Unlike last week’s referee, Mr Oliver isn’t one to normally strike fear into our hearts and I’m hoping that he will produce another commendable exhibition of refereeing.
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