North London derby referee: Bad for Tottenham, mixed for Arsenal

Michael Oliver will referee Arsenal's clash with Tottenham Hotspur. Who will be happier with that decision?

Michael Oliver will referee the North London derby this weekend, and Arsenal will be hoping for a repeat of last year's result.

When the Gunners defeated Spurs 1-0 last season at The Emirates through a Theo Walcott goal, it was Oliver who was in charge of the fixture.

Tottenham also have another big game defeat under the referee's officiating to rue, the 3-2 loss at Anfield two seasons ago which spiked their momentum in the chase for fourth place that season.

Here's a look at Tottenham's overall record under Oliver in the Premier League:

- Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham

- Tottenham 2-0 Crystal Palace

- Tottenham 1-0 Hull City

- Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham

- Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

- Manchester City 2-1 Tottenham

- Tottenham 1-2 Norwich City

- Norwich 0-2 Tottenham

That's a full record of three wins from eight, and four away defeats out of a possible five. Every time Spurs have faced a top six side away from home with Michael Oliver as referee, they have lost.

Arsenal also have bad memories with Oliver in charge, a 3-2 loss at home to West Brom in 2010, and a 2-1 defeat at The Emirates in 2011, a 3-2 away defeat to Swansea in 2012, and a 1-0 loss to Manchester United in 2013.

By far their worst performance under his refereeing came this year, away at Liverpool, when they were trounced 5-0 at Anfield.

Wins include a 3-0 win over West Brom, the 1-0 victory over Tottenham, while they also recorded a 1-1 draw away at Everton.

Oliver is a referee neither side will recall particularly fondly therefore, the last time each saw him in the Premier League, they lost by a combined 9-0, to Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.

Arsenal will however feel the more positive of the two, after all they have a North London derby win from last season under their belt with him in charge, and he also officiated their 3-0 Community Shield win over Manchester City a month ago.

Is it just superstition, random luck, or something deeper than that, that is hard to quantify, but it is Tottenham who will be looking to re-write history more so this weekend.

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