On Saturday, relegated Burnley continued their awful second half of the season in a 2-1 loss to Birmingham City at St. Andrews. The Blues were victors in their home colors while the Clarets were able to don their usual kits as well.
Manchester City kept up the pressure on fourth place with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa at Eastlands. City wore their standard home variety kits. Villa wore their white and navy change outfits with a pair of alternate navy socks for contrasting purposes.
Stoke City and Everton played to a nil-nil draw at the Britannia Stadium, a result that confirmed Everton’s place outside of European qualification. With the Potters in their home garb, the Toffees were forced into a solid-blue look with alternate shorts and socks.
Saturday concluded with Tottenham Hotspur holding off Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at White Hart Lane to retain fourth place for at least four days. Spurs were in their home kits so Bolton chose an all-navy version of their change kits, bizarrely with alternate navy shorts.
Sunday opened with Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat of Liverpool at Anfield Road to solidify its place atop the Premier League table. The Reds were dressed as one might expect color-wise, but their shirt sponsor was controversially different. For the first time in the 18-year partnership of Carlsberg beer and Liverpool FC, the logo on the Reds’ shirts was altered. Carlsberg was written in Chinese characters as an advertising ploy as an expected 750 million strong audience tuned in to see two of the world’s most popular clubs. Otherwise, the kits were exactly the same. Chelsea wore their usual kits.
Sunday’s late game saw Manchester United defeat Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats were the home side and got to wear red and black as usual. United came out in their somewhat rare black change tops but with alternate white shorts and socks to adequately contrast with Sunderland’s all-black below the waist.
Monday’s second game and the last match of the week saw Blackburn Rovers surprisingly come from behind to defeat Arsenal at Ewood Park, 2-1. Rovers were in their standard kits while Arsenal again chose alternate red socks.