The Premier League returned after the international break and Week 12 was a pretty eventful one. There was a debut for Chelsea’s yellow away kit– the first time that Thomas Tuchel’s side have worn it in any competition this season, and they ran out 3-0 winners against Leicester.
Leicester (Adidas) 0-3 Chelsea (Nike)
Aston Villa (Kappa) 2-0 Brighton (Nike)
Burnley (Umbro) 3-3 Crystal Palace (Puma)
Newcastle (Castore) 3-3 Brentford (Umbro)
Norwich (Joma) 2-1 Southampton (Hummel)
Watford (Kelme) 4-1 Man Utd (Adidas)
Wolves (Castore) 1-0 West Ham (Umbro)
Liverpool (Nike) 4-0 Arsenal (Adidas)
Man City (Puma) 3-0 Everton (Hummel)
Tottenham (Nike) 2-1 Leeds (Adidas)
It, as you can see above, was a dreadful week for Adidas. All four of their teams- Leicester, Man Utd, Arsenal and Leeds, were beaten in this round of fixtures, and United and Arsenal even shipped in four goals each.
Leicester were also the only team unable to make use of home advantage in this round- every other home side either drew or won, and the Foxes ended up slumping to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Blues.
While Leicester against Chelsea was the weekend’s opening fixture, Spurs versus Leeds was the final one. The latter saw Antonio Conte get his first win as Lilywhites manager, with second half goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon giving them a come-from-behind victory.
It might have surprised some why Conte, who had guided Inter to the Serie A title last season and has previously tasted success in England with Chelsea, chose to come to Spurs, who had finished a poor 7th last season. But the Premier League dwarfs the rest of the European leagues in terms of money, and Tottenham, with the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son in their ranks, do possess plenty of potential and also have the added advantage of being based in the city of London.
The other big talking point came at Vicarage Road, where Manchester United suffered an embarrassing 4-1 defeat at the hands of struggling Watford. The result, which also saw the Hornets miss an early penalty, was the last straw for the Red Devils board, who opted to part ways with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United, interestingly, also wore their away kit for a fixture where they had worn their home one back in the 19/20 season.
Steven Gerrard’s first game in charge of Villa saw them down Brighton 2-0, and West Ham’s winning run was brought to an end by Bruno Lage and Wolves, who deservedly beat David Moyes’ men 1-0 at Molineux thanks to Raul Jimenez’s second half winner.
Arsenal came into their clash against Liverpool hopeful of upsetting the Reds, but capitulated in the second half as Jurgen Klopp’s men claimed an easy 4-0 win. It ended the Gunners’ 10 game unbeaten run across all competitions and reminded gaffer Mikel Arteta that there is plenty of work to be done at the Emirates if they are to be at Liverpool or City’s level.