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Tomorrow’s game against Everton will be refereed by Chris Kavanagh from Manchester in what will be his third Burnley game of the season having been promoted to the select group last summer.

It will be his fourth Burnley game in total. The first was the 3-1 win at Brentford in January 2016 and this season he’s taken charge of the 0-0 draws at home against Huddersfield and at Brighton although, in truth, it should read as five; he was the referee for the abandoned friendly against Hanover 96.

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He had a really good game at Brentford and likewise in the home game against Huddersfield when he didn’t fall for the cheating Rajiv van La Parra’s diving. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for his performance at Brighton when he was taken in totally by Glenn Murray and I can’t see what on earth he was thinking about when he awarded the penalty that, thankfully, Murray blazed over the bar.

That performance saw Kavanagh’s RATE THE REF rating drop from over 82 to 75.74 out of 100 and from second to fourth place in the table.

He was given one Premier League game last season at West Brom but this season he’s refereed ten games already at the top level in a total of 22 games. There have been 69 yellow and two red cards in those games. Of those yellows, 33 have gone to home team players and 36 to away teams. The first red card went to Blackburn’s Dominic Samuel against Portsmouth and more recently he sent off West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku in the FA Cup at Wigan when he spat at Wigan’s Nick Powell.

Everton were involved last time he refereed a Premier League game. He took charge of their 2-1 home win against Leicester at the end of January. He’s refereed just one game since and that was a repeat of his first Premier League game but this time the West Brom v Southampton game was in the FA Cup. There were four yellow cards in that came. West Brom had both James McClean and Grzegorz Krychowiak carded along with Southampton pair Mario Lemina and Guido Carrillo.

Disappointing at Brighton, but he refereed the previous two games well, and that’s what we need tomorrow from him.

The assistant referees are Lee Betts (Norfolk) and Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent). The fourth official is Jon Moss (Horsforth) whose last Burnley game was the reverse fixture at Goodison Park in October of last year.

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2015/16Brentforda3-100
2017/18Huddersfieldh0-050Y: Cork, Arfield, Tarkowski
2017/18Brightona0-060Y: Taylor, Barnes
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