Referee announced for Southampton v West Ham- His first game in charge of both clubs in the 19/20 season

The referee for West Ham’s crunch GW 17 clash against Southampton has been announced, and it’s an official who is yet to officiate a game for both the Hammers and the Saints in the current 2019/20 Premier League season- Martin Atkinson. The 48 year old will be assisted by Lee Betts and Daniel Cook, with Jonathan Moss handling VAR. Andy Halliday will assist Moss, while Robert Jones will be the fourth official.

Atkinson refereed two West Ham games last season- the 3-1 away win at Everton and the close 1-0 home loss to Tottenham.

Southampton, like West Ham, also had a win and a defeat in their two games under Atkinson last season. The win was a 2-0 one away at Crystal Palace, while the defeat came against Cardiff City at St.Mary’s.

Only one point separates 16th place West Ham and third from bottom Southampton in the league table, and Hammers gaffer Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that he could face the axe if his charges lose on the South Coast on Saturday evening.

Some stats about Martin Atkinson in the current Premier League season

Atkinson has refereed 14 PL games in 2019/20. The winning margin in all of those games has never been greater than a single goal.

The first three league games refereed by him this season (Newcastle v Arsenal, Aston Villa v Bournemouth and Norwich v Chelsea) all saw the away team win. Since then, the remaining 11 games have either gone the way of the home side or have ended in a draw.

Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth
Norwich 2-3 Chelsea
Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham
Man Utd 1-0 Leicester
Newcastle 0-0 Brighton
Arsenal 1-0 Bournemouth
Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool
Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace
Everton 1-1 Tottenham
Newcastle 2-1 Bournemouth
Man City 2-1 Chelsea
Liverpool 2-1 Brighton
Watford 0-0 Palace

This is the first time Atkinson will be in charge of a Southampton-West Ham game in his Premier League career.

Saints v West Ham United kicks off at 5.30 on 14 December, 2019

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