Referee announced for Southampton v West Ham game | Hammers have lost only one of last nine under him!

The referee for West Ham’s trip to St.Mary’s on Wednesday evening has been announced, with Craig Pawson set to be the man in the middle when Manuel Pellegrini and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men square off on the South Coast. Saints are looking for a third straight league win unde their new manager after victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield, while West Ham will be looking to bounce back from their weekend setback against Watford.


Here are some interesting stats regarding referee Pawson ahead of this Gw19 fixture.

West Ham have lost only once in the last nine games Pawson has been ref for them. Those nine games have seen some very decent results being achieved- a 3-1 win over Liverpool back in 2014, 3-3 and 2-2 draws against Arsenal and Man City respectively in 2016, and a 2-1 triumph in the fourth round of the Cup against Chelsea, also in 2016.

Pawson has already been in charge of one West Ham game in the 18/19 season- the 8-0 thumping of Macclesfield in the Cup.

Of the 13 Premier League games refereed by Pawson this season, the home side has won only four times– that’s about one third of the fixtures. Those wins have been attained by Bournemouth (v Leicester), Newcastle (v Watford) Chelsea (v Fulham) and Man City (v Everton)

While Southampton also have a decent record under Pawson, their most recent game under him ended in defeat (3-0 loss to Chelsea at home in October)

The last time West Ham and Southampton clashed in the Premier League under Pawson was in February 2015. The game ended in a goalless stalemate.

In the last four games between the Hammers and the Saints, the winner has scored exactly three goals (West Ham winning 3-0 and 3-1, and Southampton winning 3-2 and 3-0)

Pawson will be assisted by Lee Betts and Ian Hussin, with David Coote set to serve as the fourth official. Lee Mason, the ref for West Ham’s last game against Fulham, has been assigned fourth official duties for leaders Liverpool’s Boxing Day clash against Newcastle United at Anfield.

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