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Michael Oliver has been involved with quite a number of Burnley games recently as either fourth official or on VAR, but tomorrow at Crystal Palace he’s back in the middle for only the second time with us this season having previously refereed the home game against Tottenham.

It’s probably a positive that he’s not refereeing a game at the Turf given that we’ve lost each of the last seven home games he’s refereed. The last time we picked up points with him refereeing at home was early in the 2017/18 season when he took charge of our 1-0 win against tomorrow’s opponents. He also refereed the clash between us that season at Selhurst Park which Palace won 1-0. Our one win with him refereeing since that Palace home game was last season’s victory by the same  score at West Ham.

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Rarely does Oliver step outside of the Premier League. All but two of his games domestically this season have been in the top flight with the other two in the FA Cup. It was April 2018 when he last refereed in the Football League.

He has refereed 17 games this season in which there have been 58 yellow and two red cards. A total of 33 of those yellow cards have gone to home team players with 25 to away team players. The first player he sent off this season was Richarlison in the Merseyside derby at Goodison. He also dismissed Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey in a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

Oliver’s most recent game was Manchester City’s 4-1 win at Liverpool last Sunday. Liverpool had both Fabinho and Thiago yellow carded alongside City’s Rúben Dias.

David Coote will be fourth official tomorrow and his last Burnley game was the Chelsea home game at the end of October. Australian Jarred Gillett is on VAR duty. He’s a select group 2 official and has never refereed a Burnley game.

Match Officials

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt & Simon Bennett
Fourth Official: David Coote
VAR: Jarred Gillett
Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood

Previous Burnley Games – Michael Oliver

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2008/09Plymouthh0-021Y: Eagles R: Eagles
2008/09Swanseah0-221Y: Elliott R: Duff
2012/13Blackpoolh1-040Y: Mee, Paterson
2013/14Blackpoola1-050Y: Marney, Jones, Duff
2014/15Chelseah1-320Y: Sordell
2014/15Stokeh0-030Y: Boyd
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
2018/19Leicesterh1-221Y: Bardsley
2019/20Brightona1-120Y: Lennon, Westwood
2019/20Chelseah2-450Y: Hendrick, Pieters, Brady
2019/20Aston Villah1-220Y: Tarkowski
2019/20Norwichh1-240Y: Long
2019/20West Hama1-020Y: Tarkowski
2020/21Tottenhamh0-120Y: Brownhill, Long
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