To celebrate the English Premier League’s 25th anniversary, Sporting Index have analysed the unluckiest kits in the league’s history.
Ominously for David Moyes and Sunderland, red and white stripes came out as the most relegated kit in the league’s 25 year history – not the best omen ahead of their clash with West Ham!
Sunderland are staring down the barrel at relegation in the Premier League’s 25th season and, according to research by spread betting company Sporting Index, who are also celebrating their 25th anniversary, their kit makes them prime candidates for the drop.
In the 25 seasons of the Premier League, 30 of the 75 relegated teams have worn stripes, with 22 sides wearing red, and a further 39 having a secondary colour of white – the same as the Black Cats.
Better news for David Moyes is that white is the most sported short colour – though Sunderland’s black shorts are next with 16 relegations. White is the most common sock colour for relegated teams, with 20 sides.
Sunderland face West Ham this weekend, and with 10 points separating them from safety are desperate for a win – although given their unlucky kit, their fate may already be decided.
Ed Fulton, spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “The bad news keeps coming for David Moyes and the fact that Sunderland are wearing the Premier League’s unluckiest kit won’t help the beleaguered Scot.
“Sunderland’s slide towards the Championship has seemed inevitable for a while. Moyes has tried and failed to turn around their form, but perhaps a change of kit could give the Black Cats the change of luck they need to avoid the drop.”