URef Matchday 15 Review
Best Decision of the Week: Anthony Taylor’s Red Card to Sakho in Palace V Bournemouth.
84% of Fans agreed with Taylor’s decision to send Sakho off for a dangerous high boot on Smith. VAR confirmed that the correct decision was made and so did the vast majority of Fans. Anthony Taylor’s Key Decision Accuracy improved to an impressive 67% as a result (Ranked 5th/14 of all PL Referees in terms of KDA).
Referee of the Week: Graham Scott
Graham Scott received a 3.9 / 5 Match Performance Rating for his performance in Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton.
Scott was assertive and consistent. He was quick to dismiss soft Penalty claims and consistent in his judgement as we saw he would repeatedly allow the play to continue if he felt the contact was too light to warrant a Foul. Graham Scott has a Key Decision Accuracy of just 58%, which is a weakness in his Refereeing but his judgement was impeccable in this Fixture. Well done Mr Scott! Matchday 14 Key Decision Approval Rating: 83%
A brilliant week for Key Decisions! Well done to the Referees for a sensational Matchday - 5 out of the 6 Key Calls were deemed correct in the eyes of fans.
Insight of the Week:
We Picked It
We told you there would be cards in Palace V Bournemouth as Taylor is issuing the most of all PL Referees this season (now 4.85 per game on average). There were 6 Yellow Cards in this Fixture! Taylor is on World Record pace with his Yellow Card distribution - Hopefully some punters have been latching onto URef’s tracking of Taylor’s Card frenzy!
Bad Romance: Mike Dean + Everton
Dean has now Refereed Everton just 3 times in the Premier League since 2014! Everton have lost 2 of those Fixtures and drawn once. Spooky Stat of the Week
Southampton’s New Friend The Saints may have Won just 4 of their 15 Matches this season but it’s a different story when Kevin Friend takes charge of their Fixtures. Southampton are now undefeated in their last 4 Fixtures under Friend (3 Wins, 1 Draw). From a Southampton perspective, let’s hope he takes charge of a few more of their Premier League Fixtures this season!