Matchweek 21 – All the Games and Officials, and predictions

by Andrew Crawshaw

Here courtesy of are the New Year games.  Please note that kickoffs are at 15:00 London time unless noted otherwise:-

Tuesday 1 January

12:30 Everton v Leicester City
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Stephen Child, Lee Betts
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor

15:00 Arsenal v Fulham
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Richard West, Neil Davies
Fourth official: Roger East

17:30 Cardiff City v Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Matthew Wilkes
Fourth official: Simon Hooper

Please note predictions for the remaining matches will appear on the Football Predictions site tomorrow.

Wednesday 2 January

19:45 AFC Bournemouth v Watford
Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Marc Perry
Fourth official: Graham Scott

19:45 Chelsea v Southampton
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Harry Lennard, Andy Halliday
Fourth official: Simon Hooper

19:45 Huddersfield Town v Burnley
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Darren Cann, Dan Robathan
Fourth official: Michael Oliver

19:45 West Ham United v Brighton
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Daniel Cook, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Craig Pawson

19:45 Wolves v Crystal Palace
Referee: Roger East
Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Derek Eaton
Fourth official: Lee Mason

20:00 Newcastle United v Man Utd
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Simon Long
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

Thursday 3 January

20:00 Man City v Liverpool
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn
Fourth official: Martin Atkinson

So Man City v Liverpool gets an evening all to itself.

Brighton get Chris Kavanagh for the fourth time this season and I had missed Chelsea having Craig Pawson for the fourth time for their weekend game.  This makes 4 teams with quadruple visits.  All of these teams could have had a choice of fresh referees should the PGMO decide they wished it to be the case.

For our game against Fulham we have Graham Scott for the second time this year.  It will be his first Fulham game.

We had him on matchweek 3 for our 3 – 1 home win against West Ham.  This was a home match when we nearly didn’t have a player booked but in the 89th minute the card came out. We were called for 16 fouls so I suppose were somewhat lucky only to get one booking (season averages would have suggested 3 as a more likely number).  West Ham had three players booked and were called for 13 fouls.  My recollection was that he wasn’t very good (but then it was half a season ago and my memory is notoriously unreliable).

We had him twice last year our 5 – 0 win at home against Huddersfield on 29 November and our 3 – 1 away loss at Leicester on 9 May.

I’m sure I was at the Huddersfield game but I honestly have no recollection of it at all.  The scoreline suggests that it was a routine comfortable win and would have given Mr Scott little opportunity to tilt the pitch.

The Leicester game was the last Mavopranos played as he was sent off for a last man foul and the strictest letter of the law being applied, for the most part fouls by Leicester players being ignored, Leicester being given a very soft penalty from which they scored their second goal which effectively killed any chances of us getting anything from the game.  Their third came in the final minutes when Mahrez had too much pace for our very tired defenders.  A good performance from Scott to catch the eyes of Mike Riley, perhaps making up for the earlier 5 – 0 result.

Of the other top six clubs, Chelsea, Man City and Man United are yet to see him, Liverpool  and Spurs have had him once.

We should expect all of the usual tricks, wrongly applied ‘advantages’, Fulham fouls being ignored and phantom fouls being given in their favour.

All in all though it would be extremely generous of Arsenal to allow Fulham a sniff of points in this game, they have been terrible this year and PL loan ruled rule out Calum Chambers from playing – he has been featuring as a DM rather than a CB and, more often than not, has been doing a decent job there.


5 Replies to “Matchweek 21 – All the Games and Officials, and predictions”

  1. On your Matchweek 20 introduction, one of my comments ended:

    ManU (1598:11:-21) v Bournemouth (1174:23:-20)
    _Lee Mason (20 15:5 26:6 2:0)

    Mason is being sent to card ManU?

    Bournemouth was inflicted two treatments by ManU. The first at 21m. Then ManU were given two yellows (Ashley diver at 36 and Herrera at 51m). Nearing the end of the game, Baily decided he wanted to hit the showers early, and gets a straight red in inflicting a treatment on Fraser at 79m. So ManU pick up another 121+ man-minutes of caution today.

  2. OT: Dinnage bails on EPL

    So, that TV executive decided not to take over Scudamore’s position at head of the EPL. I think that is a good thing for football. TV has too much influence on it now.

  3. The Caution data now appears to be splitting into multiple things.

    ManU 1713

    StateAid 1455
    Fulham 1467
    Huddersfield 1478
    Brighton 1485
    Arsenal 1524

    CPalace 1140
    Southampton 1164
    Watford 1183
    Bournemouth 1186
    Burnley 1247
    Cardiff 1286
    Leicester 1312
    Everton 1346

    Newcastle 869
    Chel$ea 891
    Man$ity 906
    Wolves 913
    Spuds 1077

    Liverpool 602

    To me, there are hints of pattern to the now multiple modes, but there is too much noise.

    What is seeming to make sense after a little pondering (possibly not long enough), is that Select Group Referees of PGMO (otherwise known as 😈 Mike Riley’s dorks) are now allowed to have favorite (or hated) teams. The one provision is that no Select Group Referee can have Arsenal as a favorite team.

    How else do you explain Newcastle, CPalace and the Spuds?

  4. Cardiff at the high end of the Treatment league? Xenophobia? Cardiff is the only non-English League in the EPL.

  5. Everton (1346,27,-20) v Leicester (1312:18:9)
    _Martin Atkinson 18:16 39:41 5:4

    Arsenal (1524,27,-20) v Fulham (1467,19,-18)
    _Graham Scott 10:10 24:15 2:2

    Cardiff (1286,33:21) v Spuds (1077,15,-26)
    _Kevin Friend 15:12 34:14 3:1

    Chel$ea (891:13:-13) v Southampton (1164:26:-20)
    _Jonathon Moss 8:15 16:29 0:5

    Newcastle (869:16:-21) v ManU (1713:11:-23)
    _Andre Marriner 11:18 19:35 1:4

    Man$ity (906:11:-16) v Liverpool (602:17:-20)
    _Anthony Taylor 12:18 17:21 2:3

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