Round 18 of the Premier League was an interesting one- there were four games in which the away side wore their change uniforms. Interestingly, in these four, only one team was able to emerge victorious with all three points, and that was Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Sheffield United 3-1.
Week 18 and kits worn
Wolves 2 (home) West Brom 3 (home)
Leeds 0 (home) Brighton 1 (home)
West Ham 1 (home) Burnley 0 (third)
Fuham 0 (home) Chelsea 1 (home)
Leicester 2 (home) Southampton 0 (third)
Villa Everton (postponed due to Covid)
Sheff Utd 1 (home) Tottenham 3 (away)
Liverpool 0 (home) Manchester United 0 (away)
Manchester City 4 (home) Crystal Palace 0 (home)
Arsenal (home) 3 Newcastle 0 (home)
Not such a great weekend for the third kits, as the results above show. Burnley, who had to commission a specially made one-off white strip for the corresponding fixture against West Ham last season, wore their yellow third uniform for this clash. Unfortunately for the Clarets, they had to taste defeat, going down 1-0 at the London Stadium. Michail Antonio scored the only goal of the game, but Burnley’s defending in that move, especially from Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, left a lot to be desired.
The other team to wear a third kit this weekend were Southampton, who took their sash strip to the King Power Stadium against Leicester. Brendan Rodgers’ men however prevailed 2-0, and that took them above Liverpool in the league standings. They were even temporarily second for a while until Man City’s thumping of Palace saw them overtake the Foxes.
As compared to the third uniforms, the away ones did quite well. Manchester United held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield, a result that preserved their spot at the top of the table and saw the defending champions fall to fourth. Two months ago, United being contenders for the title would be laughed at, but with their current form, they are right up there with LFC and rivals City, as shown by the odds from MyBettingsites.com.
United’s game against the Reds was however a source of consternation for several colour blind fans, who would’ve preferred the visitors to wear a different strip and had to rely on the sock colours to distinguish between the two teams.
Tottenham had the best result, beating Sheffield United 3-1 at Bramall Lane. The struggling Blades were their worst enemies, as evinced by the way they gave away possession cheaply in midfield for Spurs’ second and third goals. Jose Mourinho’s side are a quality side, and they took full advantage, with Tanguy Ndombele scoring an absolute screamer to cap off a fine afternoon for the Lilywhites.
Five designated away teams wore their home kit and three of them- WBA, Brighton and Chelsea, ended up tasting victory. The two exceptions was Palace, but they were up against Pep Guardiola’s City and struggling Newcastle, who went down 3-0 to Mikel Arteta’s Gunners in Monday evening’s solitary fixture.