Kit incidences to note this week:
- While Liverpool have new black and green goalkeeper strips, their third-choice is last season’s yellow one, worn by Adrián against Newcastle United
- Burnley donned claret change socks at Brighton & Hove Albion – still just the one goalkeeper kit worn by Mathew Ryan so far – while Leicester had blue shorts at Old Trafford. While the white set have the adidas logo on the front, these had it on the back
- Wolves wore a special inscription to mark 130 years at Molineux while Watford premiered their Bitcoin sleeve sponsorship
- West Ham gave their third kit an outing at Aston Villa
And here’s Matt Smith with his ranking of away teams’ kits.
MS: This week’s scores –
Crystal Palace 3
Man City 0
West Ham 1
Good choices by most this week, with notable plaudits heading towards the previously poor Burnley, who combined alternative claret socks with their home kit. Similarly, Leicester avoided a shorts clash at Old Trafford with blue versions that perfectly matched their home shirts.
A singular point to West Ham for choosing their third kit when white would have offered a far better contrast for their trip to the West Midlands. If they were worried about shorts issues when wearing white, or an overall clash if they’d gone with the claret home, they could have paired the away shirt with the third shorts and socks. As it was, it was all too dark at Villa Park.
Mention was made of Manchester City providing a darker contrast to Norwich’s yellow by donning their black strip, but further consideration means we can’t accept ignoring tradition. No points.
Chelsea deserve their zero for not only wearing their away kit without any reason, but because they went one step further and used the home socks in an inexplicable mash-up. Watch that combination appear again now they’ve won convincingly in it.
And Arsenal are off the mark – but is that only because they couldn’t wear either change kit against Watford’s home?