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Michael Oliver didn’t referee a Burnley game this season until Boxing Day but tomorrow will be his third since then when Leicester City visit Turf Moor; it follows the home game against Everton on Boxing Day and the away game at Watford in January.

We can hardly point any fingers at him for his handling of the Everton game; that big defeat was all our own making, and when the poor decision came at Watford, a wrongly disallowed goal in stoppage time, it was all down to his assistant Simon Bennett who is with him again tomorrow.

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Once the up and coming young referee in the Premier League, he’s now aged 34 and it is almost nine years since he refereed his first game at the top level which was between Blackburn and Birmingham in April 2010.

His first Burnley game was in January 2008, a 2-0 home win against Scunthorpe while his first Burnley Premier League game was the opening day defeat to Chelsea in August 2014. He upset Jose Mourinho that day but his performance hardly mattered with his bosses, they were too busy reprimanding him for giving his then girlfriend, and now wife, Lucy a lift in the official car.

Seven of his 35 games this season have been games in European competition and internationals which means he’s refereed 28 domestic games. In those games there have been 89 yellow and five red cards. Of the yellows, 38 have gone to home team players and 51 to away team players.  The most recent red card was shown to Southampton’s Yan Valery in their 2-1 win at Leicester.

Oliver’s last game was last Sunday between Chelsea and Wolves which ended 1-1. Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea was yellow carded alongside the four Wolves players Matt Doherty, Willy Boly, Diogo Jota and Romain Saiss.

Clearly one of our better referees but my one concern is he still, on occasions, looks as though he wants to be the star of the show. Hopefully tomorrow he’ll have one of his good games, the sort of performance that has seen him reach fifth place in RATE THE REF with a rating of 72.01 out of 100.

The assistant referees are Simon Bennett and Darren Cann. The fourth official is Lee Mason whose last Burnley game was just over a year ago at West Ham.

Previous Burnley Games – Michael Oliver

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2007/08Scunthorpeh2-020
2008/09Plymouthh0-021Y: Eagles R: Eagles
2008/09Swanseah0-221Y: Elliott R: Duff
2011/12Blackpoolh3-120
2012/13Blackpoolh1-040Y: Mee, Paterson
2013/14Blackpoola1-050Y: Marney, Jones, Duff
2014/15Chelseah1-320Y: Sordell
2014/15Stokeh0-030Y: Boyd
2015/16Derbyh4-120
2016/17Watforda1-251R: Hendrick
2017/18Crystal Palaceh1-020Y: Brady
2017/18Tottenhamh0-330Y: Defour
2017/18Crystal Palacea0-130Y: Defour, Bardsley, Taylor
2018/19Evertonh1-560Y: Lowton, Gibson
2018/19Watforda0-030Y: Mee, Bardsley
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