It has been announced that the referee for Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United will be Peter Bankes.
Bankes will officiate the second Steel City Derby of the season, which takes place at Hillsborough on Monday (March 4).
Derbies already have a reputation for being fiery affairs, but one statistic suggests that this potentially could be even more so.
That is because no referee in the Championship this season has handed out more yellow cards than Bankes. In his 21 second tier matches in 2018/19, the Merseyside official has given 105 yellows.
Darren England is second on the list with 78 in 20 games.
Bankes shows, on average, five yellow cards a match when refereeing in the Championship. England is once again second with 3.9.
When these two rivals last met at Bramall Lane in November it was a relatively tame affair, with three yellow cards shown – all to Wednesday players. Andy Madley was in charge that day for the 0-0 draw.
Bankes has been the referee for two Blades fixtures this term. The first was the 1-0 victory over Hull City in October. On that day John Egan and David McGoldrick were booked for United, while Hull’s Tommy Elphick also saw yellow.
The second occasion was the 2-2 draw with Rotherham United. Only Chris Basham was booked in that game, ensuring Bankes’ yellow card count is well below average in Blades’ matches.
He has also been in the middle three times for the Owls this campaign. Bankes officiated both their league clashes with Middlesbrough and also January’s home win over Wigan Athletic.
In the Boro games he gave out a combined nine yellow cards (with a four and five split) and for the tie with Wigan there were two.
Bankes is clearly a referee who is not scared to reach for his pocket, which combined with a derby atmosphere means it might be surprising if both sides finish with 11 men apiece.