Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton Wanderers tenure begins on Saturday afternoon with a trip to Leicester City.
It’s something of a baptism of fire for the Portuguese tactician given that the Foxes finished fifth last season and won the FA Cup.
Ahead of the first round of fixtures, the league has announced the list of refereeing appointments. Craig Pawson will take charge of the clash at the King Power Stadium, with Michael Oliver the lead VAR.
Craig Pawson’s previous Wolves encounters
Pawson was the man in the middle for three Wolves matches last season. He oversaw two defeats against Liverpool – 4-0 at Anfield in December and 1-0 at Molineux in March – and also an incident-packed 2-1 victory over Arsenal.
The game featured two red cards for the Gunners, with David Luiz and Bernd Leno dismissed, and a penalty that Ruben Neves tucked away.
Overall, Pawson brandished 80 yellow cards over the course of the season, the fifth-highest total among the division’s officials.
Fan feed Talking Wolves relayed the news once it was confirmed, and here’s what supporters made of it.
These Wolves fans pessimistic after Pawson news
“We could do with some of those officials in the euros, they knew how to ref”
“Leicester to win via dodgy VAR decision”
“Doesn’t matter who refs, they’re all as bad as each other”
“Deffo Leicester get a penalty”
“May as well give Leicester the win now”
“There’s no point”
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