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Confirmed Officials: Everton vs Chelsea | Premier League

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Confirmed Officials: Everton vs Chelsea | Premier League

The officials have been confirmed for Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday evening.

Chelsea head to Goodison Park to face Frank Lampard's side in their first game of the 2022/23 campaign, and Thomas Tuchel will be eager to get off to a winning start.

Everton were undefeated last season against the Blues - winning their game at home in May, while drawing 1-1 at Stamford Bridge last December.

Now the officials for the league meeting have been revealed by the Premier League ahead of the encounter.

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Referee

The Premier League confirmed that Craig Pawson will take charge of the meeting as the 2022/23 season gets underway.

Assistants

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Craig Pawson will be supported by Marc Perry and Scott Ledge on the touchline.

Fourth Official

Graham Scott has been named as the Fourth Official for Saturday's match, with the referee overseeing conduct within the two dugouts, and the behaviour of managers Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel.

VAR/Assistant VAR

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Overviewing proceedings from Stockley Park on Saturday evening will be John Brooks, who has been named as the Video Assistant Referee, with the Assistant Video Assistant Referee being Darren Cann.

A general view of Goodison Park before the Premier League match. (Alamy)
A general view of Goodison Park before the Premier League match. (Alamy)

What has been said ahead of the game?

Lampard is expecting a tough match against his former side on Saturday. He admitted: "It’s a really tough game to start the season.

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"It's a difficult game, Chelsea will always be a difficult opponent because of the quality of the squad and quality of the manager."

He added on Chelsea: "I do follow them closely. They’re a team that I played for and managed. It’s a huge part of my life. I don't even have to try to dismiss that, it will always be with me. I've got a lot of friends that work at Chelsea and support Chelsea, I'll have have that feeling for the club.

"But anyone that knows me, knows how much I'm dedicated in this job and how much I've become ingrained in this club, or trying to be, trying to be successful here. So, my eyes are always on us. Chelsea coming up first means you cast your eye over them in pre-season.

"We have knowledge of Chelsea anyway, myself and my staff, we played a good game against them last year. But you can never underestimate the tactical changes they can make, the new players they have brought in and the quality they have anyway. It's important that we prepare as well as we can."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Premier League, Chelsea, Everton, Football

Matthew Debono
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