Referee Mike Jones is going to be in charge at Turf Moor this weekend as Everton take on hosts Burnley. This will be Jones’ second Toffees game this season, having officiated the 3-0 away win at Sunderland earlier in the season.
Jones has been referee for 22 Burnley games, and 21 of Everton’s. The Clarets have 11 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses, and won both their home games with him in charge. The Blues have 7W, 12D and 2L with Jones, and 2W-7D-2L away from home.
Both of away wins have been by 3-0 scorelines against Northeast rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland.
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Everton have seen their fair share of the ref in recent times, with the official in charge for five Blues games in the Premier League last season. Jones was in charge of the controversial 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge in January 2016, when a missed offside call in the 98th minute gave Chelsea an equalizer and had former manager Roberto Martinez fuming about the referee’s ‘diabolical’ performance.
Aside from that fiasco though, Everton actually haven’t lost since 2011 when Jones has been officiating, ironically to Chelsea then. In the last Toffees game he refereed, he sent off midfielder James McCarthy after the player picked up his second yellow card early in the second half in a game that finished 0-0 at Selhurst Park.
Match Officials details -
Referee: Mike Jones
Assistants: A Holmes, Bryan
Fourth official: A Taylor
Mike Jones’s Everton record -