Another round of PL footy has concluded, and this from the Premier League was another interesting one. It featured home defeats for both Liverpool and Manchester City on the same day- the last time that happened was back in 2007 when Rafa Benitez and Stuart Pearce were managing the two clubs.
Week 27 results
Burnley 1 (Umbro, home) vs Arsenal 1 (Adidas, third)
Sheffield United 0 (Adidas, home) vs Southampton 2 (UA, away)
Aston Villa 0 (Kappa, home) vs Wolves 0 (Adidas, home)
Brighton 1 (Nike, home) vs Leicester 2 (Adidas, third)
West Brom 0 (Puma, home) vs Newcastle 0 (Puma, away)
Liverpool 0 (Nike, home) vs Fulham 1 (Adidas, home)
Man City 0 (Puma, home) vs Man United 2 (Adidas, home)
Tottenham 4 (Nike, home) vs Crystal Palace 1 (Puma, home)
Chelsea 2 (Nike, home) vs Everton 0 (Hummel, third)
West Ham 2 (Adidas, home) vs Leeds 0 (Adidas, away)
Interestingly, the first seven fixtures were pretty bad for home advantage- none of the sides managed a win in that set. It was Spurs who broke the duck with their 4-1 win over Crystal Palace late on Sunday evening- a fixture where both teams wore their primary strip. Harry Kane scored twice, including an absolutely stunning goal, while Gareth Bale continued his resurgence with a brace as the Lilywhites took this London derby.
Four fixtures saw both teams involved play in their respective home kits. There was a perfect balance in the other six- half of the opposition teams (Saints, Newcastle and Leeds) wore their away while the remainder (Arsenal, Leicester and Everton) wore their third.
The biggest shock of the week perhaps came at the Etihad, where Manchester City’s 21 game winning run was broken by bitter rivals United. The likes of NetBet UK had United as huge underdogs for the derby and for good reason- the Red Devils came into this fixture on the back of three back to back goalless draws across all competitions. They however turned in a fine performance to outclass City, with Bruno and Luke Shaw scoring for the visitors.
Interestingly, Monday was a good day for the home kit, with both Chelsea and West Ham winning by identical 2-0 margins against their respective opponents. CFC continued their unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel against fellow European hopefuls Everton, while the Hammers did the double over Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds in an all Adidas affair.
Two games were a manufacturer derby- one was the West Ham- Leeds game mentioned above, and the other was Albion against Newcastle, with both in Puma, but it ended up in a 0-0 stalemate despite the Baggies producing 13 shots- their joint highest for a league game this season. The other goalless draw came at Villa Park between Midlands rivals AVFC and Wolves, where Romain Saiss will still be wondering as to how he missed an open goal- easily one of the misses of the season.