- Colin Cranmer
Kevin Friend has been appointed referee for City's trip to Watford
The title race is heating up, games are coming thick and fast - with that in mind you need friends; so, Kevin Friend will referee the match at Vicarage Road against a Watford side finding their feet.
So far this calendar year the Leicestershire native has been a friend of Manchester City, having refereed two games, with City winning both, scoring four in each, but also awarding a penalty to the opposition in each (City's 4-3 victory at St James Park towards the end of last season and the 4-1 victory at Brighton in October of this season). In total Friend has took charge of 31 games in which City have participated, with the blues winning a healthy 21 of them, drawing 6, and losing the other 4 - in those 31 games Kevin Friend has never sent off a City player, so that's that jinxed!
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Adrian Holmes and Darren Cann
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper
VAR: John Brooks
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis
Written by: @coIgcra
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