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Referee named for Tottenham's visit to Man City - and it's mixed news for Mauricio Pochettino

Referee named for Tottenham’s visit to Man City – and it’s mixed news for Mauricio Pochettino

Michael Oliver will be the man in the middle on Saturday evening when Spurs take on Man City at the Etihad Stadium.

Starting the season with a 3-1 home victory over Aston Villa last weekend, the Lilywhites will need to be at their best if they are going to cause an early shock in the title race.

Fresh from winning the Premier League title on the final day of last season, it was back to normal service for Pep Guardiola’s team as they hit West Ham for five in the early kick-off on Saturday afternoon.

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The good news for Spurs heading into the game is that they tend to do very well when Olivier is referee.

In charge 33 times since first refereeing the club’s FA Cup victory against Charlton Athletic back in January 2011, the team have won 20, drawn five and lost eight of those games.

Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen speak to Michael Oliver during the game against Leicester City in February
(Image: Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

In fact, Spurs have only lost four of their previous 25 games with the Northumberland official in charge, with the last of those coming in April in the 1-0 defeat against City.

The reigning champions also have an impressive record when Olivier has taken charge of their games.

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Winning 22, drawing three and losing five of their 30 fixtures over the past decade, City have only lost twice since Guardiola took on the job in the summer of 2016.

Stuart Burt and Steve Bennett will assist Oliver in Manchester, with Paul Tierney the fourth official.

Graham Scott and Andy Halliday will undertake the VAR duties for the mouth-watering clash at the Etihad.

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