Referees for festive fixtures announced.

22/12/2015 11:25

The Premier League have recently announced who will take charge of Watford's festive fixtures against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.


For the Hornets' trip to Stamford Bridge, where they face Guus Hiddink's Chelsea, West Midlands referee Andre Marriner is set to be the man-in-the-middle.


Marriner is an experienced Premier League official, having taken charge of over 200 fixtures since he started refereeing in the top flight in 2005.


He has refereed the Hornets once this season, which came during the stalemate with Southampton at Vicarage Road back in August.


The West Midlands official has taken charge of 15 matches in all competitions this season and has brandished 56 yellow cards and three red.


Two days later, Quqiue Sanchez Flores' men face Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road and Anthony Taylor is set to take charge of this Premier League fixture.


Taylor has also refereed the Hornets once this season as he was the man-in-the-middle for the Hornets' 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in September. He awarded the Eagles a penalty on that day, after Wilfried Zaha was
fouled by Allan Nyom.


This season, the Cheshire official has taken charge of 20 matches in all competitions this season and has handed out 74 yellow cards and one red.


After facing Spurs, The Hornets will then face Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City at Vicarage Road on the 2nd December and this match is set to be refereed by Martin Atkinson.


Atkinson is an experienced top-flight referee having officiated over 250 Premier League games since joining the Select Group list of referees back in 2005.


He has already taken charge of the Hornets once this season, which came during Watford's 2-0 victory over Stoke City back in October. Troy Deeney and Almen Abdi scored the goals for the Golden Boys on that day.


The West Midlands official has refereed 23 matches this season in all competitions and has brandished 91 yellow cards


For the full appointments, please see below:


Chelsea vs Watford


Referee - Andre Marriner

(Picture - Zimbio)


Linesman - Lee Betts and Darren Cann


Fourth Official - Kevin Johnson


Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur


Referee - Anthony Taylor

Linesman - John Brooks and Stuart Burt


Fourth Official - Craig Pawson.


Watford vs Manchester City


Referee - Martin Atkinson.

Linesman - Mike Mullarkey and Steve Child


Fourth Official - Kevin Friend.