League Cup Round of 16- Adidas and Nike dominate

The League Cup Round of 16 took place in midweek. Interestingly, seven of the eight teams now remaining are all top flight clubs, with Sunderland (outfitted by Nike) the solitary exception- the Wearsiders, now playing in League One, got the better of Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, wining 3-1 on penalties after the game had finished in a 0-0 in normal time.

Ro16 results

Chelsea (Nike) 1-1 Southampton (Hummel)- CFC win 4-3 on pens

Arsenal (Adidas) 2-0 Leeds (Adidas)

QPR (Errea) 0-0 Sunderland (Nike)- SAFC win 3-1 on pens

Stoke City (Macron) 1-2 Brentford (Adidas)

West Ham (Umbro) 0-0 Man City (Puma)- WHUFC win 5-3 on pens

Leicester (Adidas) 2-2 Brighton (Nike)- LCFC win 4-2 on pens

Burnley (Umbro) 0-1 Tottenham (Nike)

PNE (Nike) 0-2 Liverpool (Nike)

Teams now left in the competition: Chelsea, Arsenal, Brentford, West Ham, Leicester, Tottenham, Liverpool (all Premier League); Sunderland (League One)

Teams left sorted by kit makers: Nike*4 (Chelsea, Sunderland, Tottenham, Liverpool), Adidas *3 (Arsenal, Brentford, Leicester), Umbro*1 (West Ham)

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As you can see, it was a pretty forgettable round for Championship teams- the three left in the Round of 16 all exited the competition despite having home advantage for this set of fixtures. QPR, as mentioned above, would’ve fancied their chances against third tier Sunderland, but were eliminated on penalties. Stoke went down 2-1 to newly promoted Brentford, while Preston were beaten by Jurgen Klopp’s in-form Liverpool side.

The shock of the round obviously came at the London Stadium, where West Ham handed Man City their first loss in this competition since 2016. The game went to penalties, where all five of the home side’s penalty takers held their nerve while Phil Foden fluffed his lines from the spot.

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To put the magnitude of West Ham’s win into context, this was their second string side- the Hammers had played Spurs in a tough derby on Sunday, and City hadn’t lost in the competition since 2016 (Barack Obama was the US president then!). However David Moyes seems to have a special thing going on at the London Stadium and his side added City’s scalp to that of Man United from the previous round. Some would even consider West Ham as dark horses for the Cup, and if you think they could create history by going all the way, you could use a nifty code or two from Football Whispers to augment your stake before punting on Moyes’ men.

West Ham are also the Umbro side left in the competition, and interestingly, also the only non Adidas / Nike team left at this stage. Half of the teams that progressed wear Nike, with three others donning Adidas.

It wasn’t the best round for kit diversity though, with QPR in Errea, Stoke in Macron and Saints in Hummel all failing to progress.

There were two kit “derbies” in this round- the all Adidas clash between Arsenal and Leeds (who wore their blue away kit here) at the Emirates and the all Nike one at Deepdale between Preston and LFC. Both ended in identical 2-0 wins, but for the home side in the former and the visitors in the latter.

Leeds Away