Barcelona Away Kit 2020/21: Leaked Images Emerge as Blaugrana Set to Go Black & Gold

?Images have emerged online of what is said to be Barcelona’s away kit for the 2020/21 season, as the club revisit the black and gold style worn in 2011/12 and 2013/14. 

The club have made headlines with their experimental kit designs in recent seasons, but they appear to have taken it back to basics in a wild departure from their current bright away colours. 

While the away strip at present opts for an eye-catching yellow with a stripe of red and blue draping diagonally, the more simplistic design in the leaked images appears to have delighted fans.

Brought to the fore as ever by ?Footy Headlines, the images show a solid black shirt with a pale gold trim around the collar and sleeves. 

There are no eccentric designs; the only other features on the shirt appear to be the Nike ‘swoosh’, the club’s crest, and the name sponsor, all in gold on an entirely two-tone design. 

It carries shades of the third kits worn by the club earlier in the decade, differing only in its simplicity.

Though not pictured, it’s reported the club will also opt for black shorts and socks – presumably with a similarly minimal hint of gold. 

It is not expected to be formally announced by ?Barcelona until July, but if the leaks hold weight then it will be the first time the club have opted for a black away kit, having only experimented with the colour for third kits in recent seasons. 

They came close with a dark purple away kit in 2016/17, but most typically they have opted for bright, avant garde designs ranging from turquoise or lime green to yellow or orange.

Lionel Andres Messi

Given how out there and off-the-wall their away kits have tended to be, the launch is often a source of nervousness from some supporters – so the return to a more stripped back look might come as a relief to the traditionalists among the Catalan fanbase. 


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Leaked Tottenham 2020/21 Home Kit by Nike Makes a Break From Safe Recent Designs

?An image of the likely 2020/21 Tottenham Hotspur home shirt designed by Nike has been leaked online ahead of its summer launch.

It will be the fourth year that Nike have supplied Spurs kits, but the leak suggests that next season’s will be the most out there after relatively plain and safe designs so far.

Harry Kane

According to pictures posted by Footy Headlines, the white jersey features a subtle pattern to break up the base colour, which has become an increasingly fashionable look in recent years to give kits more visual intrigue.

Traditional Spurs navy blue is the primary trim colour, but yellow also makes a return for secondary trim and detail. There is a distinct ‘zig-zag’ pattern on the sides, which fits with the look of the main pattern. Part of the sleeves at the shoulder and upper arm are navy blue.


Yellow, having been a common away colour over the years, last featured prominently on the 2009/10 PUMA home kit, worn when the club first qualified for the ?Champions League.

The overall look is perhaps not dissimilar to the 2016/17 home kit designed by Under Amour, with that shirt featuring a similar navy blue/gold trim, as well as navy blocks on the shoulders.

Dele Alli,Heung-Min Son

Footy Headlines has previously reported that they expect the 2020/21 Spurs away kit to be a shade of green, while the third kit is likely to be yellow.

?Spurs rose into fifth place in the ?Premier League on Sunday after ?Son Heung-min scored a dramatic stoppage time winner against ?Aston Villa. It was a third consecutive league victory for Jose Mourinho’s side, whose hopes of securing Champions League football have been boosted by ?Manchester City’s expulsion from UEFA competition for the next two seasons.


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Tottenham vs RB Leipzig Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Tottenham Hotspur will look to establish a decisive lead when they host RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Wednesday night.

The English side qualified by coming second in Group B in the group stages of the competition, while their opponents managed to win Group G despite only winning half of their games.

Lucas Moura

Coming into this game, Spurs will hope to carry the momentum gained from a late 3-2 win against Aston Villa. They currently sit fifth in the Premier League, a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

On the other hand, Die Roten Bullen are having a great season and warmed up for this game with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Werder Bremen. The win meant that they remain a point behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in second place.


Where to Watch

?When is Kick Off? ?Wednesday 19 February
?What Time is Kick Off? ?20:00 (GMT)
?Where Is it Played? ?Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?BT Sport 2
?Referee? ?Cüneyt Çakir


Team News

Spurs will be missing long-term absentees ?Harry Kane (hamstring) and midfielder Moussa Sissoko (knee surgery). 

Both winger ?Erik Lamela and defender Juan Foyth missed the ?Villa game with groin injuries and are considered doubts to appear on Wednesday.

Tyler Adams

As for RB Leipzig, they have multiple injuries to deal with. Midfielder Tyler Adams has been ruled out with a groin injury, while his midfield teammate Kevin Kampl is a doubt with a foot problem. 

Skipper Willi Orban (knee) and fellow defender Ibrahima Konaté (hip) are also on the injury list, while centre-back Dayot Upamecano is suspended for this game. It leaves the Germans with no recognised centre-back for Wednesday night, so Chelsea loanee 


Predicted Lineups

?Tottenham ?Lloris; Aurier, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Tanganga; Winks, Lo Celso; Bergwijn, Alli, Son; Lucas
?RB Leipzig ?Gulácsi; Mukiele, Klostermann, Halstenberg, Angeliño; Laimer, Haidara; Olmo, Sabitzer; Werner, Schick

Head-to-Head Record

This will be the first meeting between these two teams in the ?Champions League and indeed in their history. RB Leipzig have not played an English club in a competitive fixture as yet, so this match will be a first.

Moussa Sissoko,Serge Aurier,Jadon Malik Sancho

Tottenham have a great record against German clubs, having beaten ?Borussia Dortmund four times in their four encounters. The most recent tie came last season when they went through 4-0 on aggregate at the last 16 stage against Die Borussen.

Leipzig meanwhile played British opposition in the Europa League last season when they were drawn with Celtic in the group stage. They won the home game 2-0, but lost 2-1 in Glasgow and so will be hoping for a better result on the road.


Recent Form

Spurs are coming off a three-game winning streak in February so far, having started the month by defeating ?Manchester City 2-0. 

They then edged out ?Southampton 3-2 in the FA Cup fourth round replay, and most recently scored a last-minute winner to sink Aston Villa in a ?3-2 victory.

Lukas Klostermann

Leipzig, by contrast, have had mixed fortunes in their recent games. They suffered a cup defeat, losing 3-1 to Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal, before gaining a point with a goalless draw away to league leaders ?Bayern Munich. They warmed up for this game with an impressive 3-0 win against Werder Bremen and will look to replicate their performance in London on Wednesday.

Here’s how both sides have fared in their last five matches.

?Tottenham RB Leipzig?
?Aston Villa 2-3 Tottenham (16/2) ?RB Leipzig 3-0 Werder Bremen (15/2)
?Tottenham 3-2 Southampton (5/2) ?Bayern Munich 0-0 RB Leipzig (9/2)
?Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City (2/2) ?Frankfurt 3-1 RB Leipzig (4/2)
?Southampton 1-1 Tottenham (25/1) ?RB Leipzig 2-2 Mönchengladbach (1/2)
?Tottenham 2-1 Norwich (22/1) ?Frankfurt 2-0 RB Leipzig (25/1)

Prediction

Both sides picked up good wins on the weekend and carry enough attacking threat to ensure that there will be goals in this game.

Tottenham have not lost a home game since December, while Leipzig have not been able to win away since the same month.

Jose Mourinho

It is therefore more likely that Spurs will win at home in what could be a close but entertaining game and will leave the tie well poised before the return leg in Germany.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 RB Leipzig


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Liverpool Top Yet Another Table – This Time by Raking in Record Premier League TV Income

Honestly, is there anything they’re not going to win this year?

Not content with a run of unprecedented footballing dominance that has seen them win three continental trophies and take 173 points from the 192 available since the beginning of last season, ?Liverpool look certain to add their first ever ?Premier League title to their cabinet this year – and you certainly wouldn’t bet against another trophy or two accompanying that before the season is out. 

These preposterous levels of success, however, are by no means limited to the pitch. They’ve secured a ?mammoth kit manufacturing deal with Nike, and according to the ?Echo, this season will see them rake in more TV revenue than any other Premier League side for the second year running. 

Jordan Henderson

Owing to their popularity with domestic broadcasters, they raked in as much as £152.4m last season, marginally more than Manchester City despite finishing as runners-up to Pep Guardiola’s men.

This season, however, changes to the distribution of overseas broadcasting revenue will see teams higher up the table netting a greater share of the pot. This will mean a sharp spike from the £43.2m the Reds received from this stream last season, as they take the biggest share available from the pool worth close to £900m. 

Coupled with the increased demand to see the Anfield giants on TV and the near-certainty of finishing top of the league, this means that Liverpool could see earnings from the Premier League alone surpass £175m – the most any team has ever received from TV revenue in England in a single season, and the most of any team this season by some distance.

Sadio Mane

With their Champions League win last season, Liverpool became the first club ever to surpass £250m from total UK TV revenue, and if they can make it all the way in Europe once again they will all but certainly surpass that figure.

That’s a big if, however, with a ?hungry Atlético Madrid side lying in wait to cause an upset on Tuesday. 


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The Man Utd Lineup That Should Start Against Chelsea on Monday

?Well, considering Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly doesn’t know his best starting lineup, we thought we’d give it a go.

Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Monday night following the inaugural Premier League winter break. The Red Devils are now armed with the knowledge that fifth place may be enough for Champions League football following Manchester City’s European ban, and the 13-time Premier League champions need to get their act together quickly.

Having failed to win – or even score – in their last three league outings, United can move within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea with a win in London, while even a point would move the Red Devils up to seventh.

With the increasingly high stakes of Monday night’s clash clear for all to see, let’s take a look at who should start for Manchester United against Chelsea.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

David De Gea (GK) – While the Spaniard may not be living up to his esteemed reputation this season, ?De Gea is still one of the league’s best shot-stoppers. He may very well be busy against an exciting and dynamic Chelsea forward line, and his cat-like reflexes and knack for the spectacular may come in handy.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – Given Chelsea’s exciting wide men, ?United will need a full-back who can defend properly – not that there is much competition for the 22-year-old’s place. Wan-Bissaka has proven himself to be a strong and committed defender, racking up the second-most tackles in the English top tier this term.

Victor Lindelof (CB) – One area in which United have actually been relatively strong this season is defence. Lindelof’s partnership with Harry Maguire has blossomed, helping the Red Devils pick up points in spite of their struggles in front of goal. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement at the back as well.

Harry Maguire (CB) – United’s big summer signing has helped stabilise the spine of Solskjaer’s side, even if the Englishman’s leadership skills are not quite up to scratch. Big and powerful, Maguire will have to be on top of his game to deal with fellow countryman Tammy Abraham – should the ?Chelsea striker be fit.

Luke Shaw (LB) – Many people will be expecting United to start with a back five at Stamford Bridge, but Solskjaer would be smart to stick with a back four to aid his side’s attacking potential, and make the most of Chelsea’s defensive frailties. With that in mind, Shaw should get the nod ahead of young Brandon Williams, with his experience and intelligence in and out of possession key.


Midfielders

Bruno Fernandes

?Fred (DM) – Arguably the most improved Premier League player of the season, the Brazilian is starting to showcase the talents that seemingly merited his enormous price tag before joining the Red Devils. His work ethic and quality distribution make him a key cog in United’s midfield, and, without the injured Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, his presence in the centre of the park will be essential.

Nemanja Matic (DM) – Another forgotten man at Old Trafford, the Serbian has re-ignited his United career in recent weeks. The absence of McTominay offered Matic a route back in to the team, and the midfielder snapped it up, forming a strong partnership with ?Fred.

Juan Mata (RM) – Another with an eye for flair is Mata. The veteran has re-emerged as one of United’s most competent and creative midfielders in recent games, and given the Spaniard’s time at Chelsea came to an abrupt end, he should be highly motivated on Monday night.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) – Well, the hype didn’t quite match the debut. While Fernandes looked fairly comfortable against Wolves, United’s lack of attacking ambition and creativity made life difficult for the Red Devils’ new January addition. Expectations will be high for the midfielder on Monday, and his flair will be important in carrying a struggling United attack.

Daniel James (LM) – With United’s counter-attacking style most prominent against the big boys, the Red Devils will undoubtedly look to play on the break against Chelsea. As a result, James’ pace with and without the ball make him a necessary addition to United’s forward line, and the Welshman can even play off Anthony Martial up top.


Forward

Liverpool FC v Manchester United - Premier League

Anthony Martial (ST) – ?The above picture is ?Martial pointing to the net he should be finding more often. In the absence of Marcus Rashford, sole responsibility for goals has fallen on the striker’s shoulders, and he hasn’t responded very well. With Odion Ighalo now in the picture too, Martial needs to pull his socks up and get his shooting boots on at Stamford Bridge.

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