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Liverpool PR stunt in support of Luis Suarez wear cheap soccer cleats spelt bad judgment last season but on Saturday they got things completely right. The black tracksuit tops, each emblazoned with the number 96, worn by Brendan Rodgers's players as they emerged from Sunderland's tunnel represented a classy mark of respect at the end of a week in which a city, a club, its supporters and, above all, the bereaved were fully vindicated by a damning report into the Hillsborough disaster wholesale soccer cleats. Apologies are finally forthcoming but the victims can never be brought back. The mince pies are already on the supermarket shelves and, all too soon likewise, the Premier League top four has settled into a familiar pattern. After four Premier League games the teams occupying the Champions League places are Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City – England's representatives in Europe's premier competition this year and maybe next too? Perhaps Everton, who have played only three, will alter that with a victory over Newcastle on Monday or maybe, once the European group stages begin on Tuesday wholesale cheap soccer cleats, fatigue will set in to give the rest of the division a chance. One thing is for sure: the usual suspects have started strongly and, if would-be challengers are to make any impact, they are going to have to up their game over the coming weeks. It might seem unwise to field as a lone striker someone as comparatively slight as Jermain Defoe but it is an excellent scheme when the supply of the ball to him is directed with such care. Whether it will be effective against defence-minded opponents at White Hart Lane is another matter. Peter Odemwingie wear adidas predator lz had never been sent off in English football before the weekend but broke that record in spectacular fashion. West Bromwich Albion's fantastic start to the campaign came crashing to a halt at Craven Cottage following a 3-0 defeat to a Dimitar Berbatov-inspired Fulham. With the score at 1-0 the Albion striker hacked down Sascha Riether in front of the dugouts after a rush of blood to the head. It was refreshing to see Odemwingie come out and apologise after the game but that will be scant consolation for Steve Clarke wear nike mercurial vapor viii. The era of the short, slight, technically gifted playmaker shows little sign of ending, and certainly not when there are players like Santi Cazorla around. The Spaniard arrived in the Premier League to little fanfare but has quickly made his presence felt, putting in yet another outstanding performance in Arsenal's 6-1 win against Southampton. Given the 27-year-old has 48 caps for Spain, that should hardly come as a surprise, yet few clubs moved for him this summer when it became clear that Malaga wear adidas f50 adizero trx were prepared to sell, which in itself should raise eyebrows. Credit, then, to Arsenal for moving quickly to sign Cazorla, an early candidate for this season's player of the year. Villa Park is a happy place to be again. After the misery of last season and the anticlimax that was the 3-1 defeat at home against Everton last month, Villa are on the road to recovery. Paul Lambert is not blessed with the greatest squad in the world but his influence on the team was there for all to see against Swansea wear nike mercurial vapor superfly iii. His players played for one another, the manager and the supporters. Roberto Di Matteo offered a defence of Fernando Torres's peripheral display and stroppy departure after the match at Loftus Road, saying there was "no pressure" on the Spaniard. Yet Chelsea's summer transfer policy suggests otherwise, with Torres the only striker who has been used regularly in a central berth over his career on the books wear adidas adipure 11pro. Even Queens Park Rangers boast more options and, when such as Eden Hazard and Juan Mata (absent on Saturday) are not buzzing close to the lone forward, Torres feels horribly isolated. At home that is less of a problem as Chelsea swarm at all-comers. Away they lack bite when Torres's threat is snuffed out. A tactical tweak may be required if Daniel Sturridge or Victor Moses is to bolster the attacking threat. During Manchester United's 4-0 rout of Wigan Athletic wear nike tiempo legend iv elite the camera switched to Patrice Evra as he watched Alex Büttner's marauding display from the Frenchman's left-back slot. A mazy-run-then-goal – plus an earlier assist – sent the message to Evra that there is competition for his starting berth. According to Sir Alex Ferguson, Evra wear nike ctr360 maestri ii elite was injured. When returning to fitness the 31-year-old may face a fight to remain the long-term choice. There is talk of the evolution of Tony Pulis's Stoke and, with the introduction of Steven Nzonzi, Michael Kightly and Charlie Adam into his midfield this season, that has some credence. Still, it is the set piece, the aerial threat of Peter Crouch and relentless industry of Jonathan Walters wear nike total 90 laser iv that define the team and it is a stretch to buy Pulis's suggestion that a match-fit Michael Owen will soon be pressing for a starting role. Owen came on after 89 minutes and 49 seconds against Manchester City and did not touch the ball once wear adidas adipower predator. It may be a while before that role changes.

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