Stat Analysis- Referee announced for Crystal Palace v West Ham- Craig Pawson

The referee for West Ham’s game this weekend at Selhurst Park has been announced, and it’s Sheffield born Craig Pawson who will be the man in the middle for this clash.

The 39 year old has already refereed two games involving the Hammers this season- their 8-0 thrashing of Macclesfield in the Cup back in September, as well as their 2-1 win over Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton in December. That Saints game was also the last time Manuel Pellegrini’s men won on the road- they’ve lost four on the bounce since then.

Palace’s solitary game with Pawson at the helm this season saw them lose 1-0 to Chelsea in their final fixture of 2018.

Here’s an interesting stat for recent Pawson games that augurs quite well for West Ham- the last ten Premier League fixtures he’s officiated have seen the away team win 7 times. The three home wins were in the form of two Man City triumphs and one Chelsea victory. Pawson’s last game was the Everton Man City midweek clash at the Etihad, which was won by Pep Guardiola’s side as they replaced Liverpool at the top of the table.

Victory for the Hammers, who have a good recent record against Palace, could see them jump as high as 9th in the league standings.

Crystal Palace’s last five games under Craig Pawson

Palace 0-1 Chelsea
Swansea 1-1 Palace
Chelsea 1-2 Palace
Palace 1-2 Man Utd
Palace 4-1 Southampton

Craig Pawson’s last five games as referee (all competitions)

Everton 0-2 Man City (League, Two yellow cards)
Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United (FA Cup, six yellow cards)
Fulham 1-2 Tottenham (League, five yellow cards)
Man City 3-0 Wolves (League, one yellow, one red card)
Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea (League, one yellow card)

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