Michael Oliver will be the referee in charge when Manchester City take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The official’s performance will undoubtedly play a central role in deciding the outcome of the match, and fans on Twitter are not particularly happy with Oliver’s appointment:
— WiselessAsper🇩🇰 (@mohamedamiin2) September 20, 2021
We are screwed!
— Qaqambile (@DonQminati) September 20, 2021
He's not exactly great but he's not as bad as taylor
— Kapaya Jr. (@adam_kapaya) September 20, 2021
Thank god im at work so I don’t have to watch him try to ref🤣
— callum (@cgowing123) September 20, 2021
Oh My God. Premier League is hard
— Nicksan Javas (@NicksanJavas) September 20, 2021
Oh no usually things don't end well for us when he is incharge, especially big games like this one Oh God it's up to you
— Kalwiji Bob (@BobKalwiji123) September 20, 2021
— R I E Z K Y (@muhamadriezky__) September 21, 2021
Oliver was in charge for City’s 5-2 home defeat to Leicester at the start of last season. However, since then, he has overseen five consecutive wins when officiating City matches.
Victories over Sheffield United and Liverpool were followed by ones against West Ham in the league and two versus Everton (one of which was in the FA Cup).
If anything, Chelsea supporters will probably be more concerned by the referee that has been chosen. Oliver was the man in the middle when the Blues lost 3-1 to Arsenal at the back end of last year. He also presided over the 1-0 defeat to Leicester in the FA Cup final back in May.