PREMIER League referees Robert Madley and Andre Marriner have been assigned to the marquee ties of the Capital One Cup third round live on Sky Sports.
Madley will take charge of Tuesday night’s ‘Second City’ derby between Midlands rivals Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park (KO 7:45pm).
Marriner, meanwhile, will oversee the biggest clash of the competition so far as north London neighbours Tottenham and Arsenal meet in an all-Premier League showdown at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night (KO 7:45pm).
Both were in Premier League action last Saturday with Madley in the middle for Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat by West Ham in the evening kick-off while Marriner handled Stoke’s 2-2 draw with Leicester.
The appointment of West Yorkshire whistler Madley comes as a surprise as Premier League Villa prepare to meet their fiercest foes Birmingham from the Championship for the first time since a 1-1 draw in the top-flight in January 2011.
He will be assisted by experienced linesmen Peter Kirkup and Mick McDonough while Football League referee James Adcock will act as the fourth official.
Fifa-listed Marriner, from the West Midlands, will experience the north London derby for the first time in the middle and his second Arsenal game of the campaign after their 1-0 win at Newcastle last month.
He will be assisted by the experienced Dave Bryan and Lee Betts with Andy Woolmer in control of the electronic board.
Lee Probert handled their last League Cup meeting in 2010 and awarded a penalty to the Gunners, who ran out 4-1 winners after extra time.
The sides also met in the semi-finals of the competition in 2007-08 as Spurs won 6-2 to aggregate on their way to lifting the trophy.
Elsewhere, nine National List referees will oversee ties involving Premier League teams with Peter Bankes the only one to take charge of two top-flight sides against each other.
The Merseyside-based whistler – who only made his Championship debut in January – will handle Leicester’s match with West Ham at the King Power Stadium.
Warwickshire’s Stuart Attwell – who has handled successive Premier League games in the past two weekends – will take charge of Stoke’s clash at Championship side Fulham.
James Linington will oversee Swansea’s trip to Hull City while experienced duo Keith Hill and Nigel Miller have been selected for Everton and Bournemouth’s games away to Reading and Preston North End respectively.
On Wednesday night, Andy Madley and Simon Hooper will be at the helm at Old Trafford and Anfield as Liverpool and Manchester United face Football League opponents in Carlisle and Ipswich Town respectively.
Fellow Talent Group officials Keith Stroud and Chris Kavanagh will also be on duty for Southampton’s trip to MK Dons and Newcastle against Sheffield Wednesday.