Andre Marriner will take charge of on-the-field matters when Manchester City open their account in the Premier League for 2020 at the Etihad Stadium against Everton on Wednesday 1st January.
Manchester City will be looking to build on the previous outing at home – a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United. Pep Guardiola will be more than aware that the Blues must avoid as many slip-ups as possible until the end of the season, to secure Champions League football for the 2020/21 campaign, with hopes of a Premier League title win seemingly out of reach.
Andre Marriner (48) will be the man in the middle at the Etihad on Wednesday evening, supported by Scott Ledger and Simon Long as assistant referees. Touchline matters have been affiliated to Kevin Friend.
Marriner will be taking charge of his 51st match involving Manchester City, since his first appearance in a game involving the blues in January 2005. The West-Midlands born match official’s first most recent game involving the champions was the 3-1 victory at Bournemouth at the start of the campaign – a game marred by VAR controversy following David Silva’s penalty shout being turned away by the officials.
As for the Video Assistant Referees, they will be manned by David Coote (VAR) and Andy Halliday (Assistant VAR).
Match referee Marriner will take charge of his 13th Premier League fixture of the season when Manchester City take on Everton. So far, Marriner has handed out 29 yellow cards in his previous 12 matches, awarding one penalty and dismissing players on two occasions.
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