Martin Atkinson will have his third Manchester City appointment already of the season next Thursday when the Carabao Cup holders host Fulham at the Etihad Stadium in the competition’s fourth round.
City, who beat Arsenal at Wembley to win last season’s Carabao Cup in their memorable double-winning campaign, face Premier League opposition with Pep Guardiola expected to make wholesale changes with the tie coming so soon after the Blues face Tottenham.
And Atkinson will be the man with the whistle. City’s record is shaky under the 47-year-old of late, with two draws under his watch this season against Liverpool and Wolves – both away from home.
Indeed, it is over a year since City last won under Atkinson, the 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge when Kevin De Bruyne struck against his former club. In addition to the recent Liverpool and Wolves games, City have since drawn away at Burnley at lost the Manchester derby at the Etihad with Atkinson in charge. They’ll be hoping to finally get another win next week when Fulham are in town.
The match will also feature the usage of VAR with Mike Dean and Darren Cann appointed to oversee that.
Match appointments for Manchester City vs. Fulham (1/11/2018):
Referee: Atkinson, Martin
Assistant Referee: Child, Stephen
Assistant Referee: Betts, Lee
Fourth Official: Tierney, Paul
Video Assistant Referee: Dean, Michael
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Cann, Darren