Officials announced for Southampton - Chelsea

The Premier League have today announced who will be in charge when the Premier League champions visit St Mary's this weekend.

Officials announced for Southampton - Chelsea
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Southampton host Chelsea this weekend as the Premier League returns following the FA Cup last weekend, as the hosts look to continue their fine run of form in the league against a much improved Chelsea side.

Cracker in prospect

The match at St Mary's is setting up to be a fabulous occasion between to of the most in-form teams in the league currently.

The Saints will hope to continue their European push, whilst the visitors aim to finish the season strongly.

The crucial battle you sense will be how well Southampton's back line are able to cope with Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro.

The meeting earlier in the season at Stamford Bridge saw the Saints ease past Chelsea winning 3-1 with Sadio Mane netting a brace.

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: M Mullarkey, S Child
Fourth Official: A Marriner

Martin Atkinson record

Atkinson has taken charge of just one Southampton game and that was the game against West Brom at home which the Saints won easily 3-0.

He has officiated in 24 Premier League games so far this season which is more than any other referee and has given out 85 yellow and one red card so far.

Last season he dished out 132 yellow's and seven red's in the 32 Premier League matches which he was in charge of.

His most recent game was the game between high-flyers Leicester City and Arsenal when he controversially sent off Danny Simpson and awarded Jamie Vardy a penalty.

Atkinson sends Simpson off (photo: Reuters)
Atkinson sends Simpson off (photo: Reuters)

Consistently top ref

Atkinson is widely thought of as the best ref in the League, and he has been officiating in the league since the 2004-05 season longer than any other.

He also is in charge of a high proportion of the biggest games and will also officiate the Liverpool vs Manchester City game on March the 2nd.

It is no surprise that he has been selected as one of the referees for the Euro's in France this summer alongside the controversial Mark Clattenburg.