Referee For West Ham’s Derby Against Chelsea Announced

Chris Kavanagh West Ham referee. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Chris Kavanagh West Ham referee. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images) /

The Premier League have announced the referee for West Ham’s next fixture against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

After salvaging a point against Crystal Palace, West Ham now face a tougher test against West London side, Chelsea. The match will be at Stamford Bridge, and though it is on paper a harder match, the Hammers will fancy their chances after they did the double over the Blues last season.

Though the Hammer’s will have to do so under the watch of Chris Kavanagh. The 35-year-old has officiated over nine West Ham matches in the past and has a mixed history. The Hammers have won four, drawn two and lost three, including a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2019.

A potential good omen for the Hammers is the fact that Kavanagh has awarded the Hammers in three of the last four games that he has overseen. West Ham won each of those games scoring all the penalties in the process. The only game out of the four he did not was in the loss against Chelsea.

Another positive detail for the Hammers is that Kavanagh has only ever given one dismissed one West Ham player in his history. The referee was in charge when Arthur Masuaku was set off against Wigan Athletic. The red card was not a controversial one as the defender was guilty of spitting at an opposition player.

In the Hammer’s favour, Kavanagh has also only ever dismissed an opposition player on one occasion. In the 2018/19 season, the referee sent off Jose Cholevas in the club’s 4-1 victory over Watford.

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Dan Cook and Sian Massey-Ellis will assist Kavanagh. The duo will have the job of running the line. Simon Hooper will be the fourth Offical for the match. The tricky job of VAR will be done by David Coote, who just refereed West Ham’s match against Crystal Palace, his assistant will be Nick Hopton.