The first round of PL fixtures after the half way mark saw away teams dominate, with the likes of Leeds, West Ham, Arsenal and Sheffield United all claiming wins on the road. Interestingly though, SUFC were the only team to wear their primary away uniform- the rest all claimed victories wearing their third kit.
Aston Villa were the only club wearing their third strip not to taste victory- they fell to a surprise defeat away to Burnley, who proved that their stunning 1-0 win at Anfield in the previous round was not a fluke. The Clarets have now won three in a row across all competitions and are slowly but steadily moving away from the drop zone.
Week 20 and uniforms worn
Palace 2 (home) West Ham 3 (third)
Newcastle 1 (home) Leeds 2 (third)
WBA 0 (home) Man City 5 (home)
Southampton 1 (home) Arsenal 3 (third)
Burnley 3 (home) Aston Villa 2 (third)
Chelsea 0 (home) Wolves 0 (home)
Brighton 0 (home) Fulham 0 (home)
Everton 1 (home) Leicester 1 (third)
Man Utd 1 (home) Sheffield United 2 (away)
Tottenham 1 (home) Liverpool (home) 3
As many as half the teams on the road for this game week wore their third strip. First up were West Ham, who have had their troubles against Crystal Palace in the recent past, but saw off the Eagles thanks to a brace from Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek. It took the Hammers to fifth in the table.
This was the second Southampton Arsenal clash in a matter of days. The Gunners had also worn their blue strip to St.Mary’s over the weekend, but were knocked out of the FA Cup. They took revenge for their exit, come from behind to claim a 3-1 win over Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men.
The biggest shock of the weekend was however at Old Trafford, where relegation threatened Sheffield United claimed a 2-1 win over Manchester United. A look at the odds for this game before the match had Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men as as hot favourites, but the in-form Red Devils somehow ended up on the receiving end of a 2-1 scoreline despite dominating possession and chances.
United’s loss saw them cede top spot to bitter rivals City, who absolutely thumped West Brom 5-0. Ilkay Gundogan scored twice for Pep Guardiola’s side, who scored all five of their goals at the Hawthorns before the hour mark.
Leicester also claimed a decent point away at Goodison Park, but this game made all the headlines for James Rodriguez’s superb opener for Everton (and on his weaker foot as well). Both sides remain well placed in the hunt for European football.
Round 20 ended with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool beating Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham- one of four fixtures where both sides wore their primary strip. This MW also saw Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea, but it was a goalless draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers.