Swansea City vs. Liverpool: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2013

Liverpool supporters couldn't have asked for a better start to the season. The team has taken nine points from their three games and have yet to concede a goal. Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge has scored in each game as Luis Suarez remains banned, soothing concerns over where the goals would come from in his absence. 

Swansea City supporters couldn't have asked for a more difficult start to the campaign, opening with Manchester United, Tottenham and West Brom. With just a three points to start the year, the Swans finds themselves at No. 18 on the table to start the season. 

With divergent starts but similar styles of play, it will be interesting to see how this game—which should be more evenly matched than the table suggests—plays out. 

 

When: Monday, September 16 at 3 p.m. ET (8 p.m. BST)

WhereLiberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales

Watch: NBC Sports Network; NBC Sports Live Extra; Sky Sports 1 (UK); Sky Go (UK)

Odds: Liverpool (47.3 percent), Swansea City (27.8 percent) and draw (24.8 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports

 

Key Storylines

Only Olivier Giroud and Christian Benteke (four apiece) have scored more goals than Sturridge this year, and they've had four games to do so, while Robin van Persie has equaled Sturridge's output with three. Assuming he's fit, can the in-form striker keep his scoring streak alive, or will Swansea finally slow him down?

It will be very interesting to see which of Brendan Rodgers' deadline-day additions—Victor Moses, Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori—see the field in this contest. While Ilori is likely to start on the bench or be off the sheet altogether, it would be hardly surprising if Sakho and Moses either started or made an appearance. 

Or, Rodgers could opt to give them more time to adjust before throwing them out on the pitch. It's a decision the Liverpool supporters eagerly await. 

For Swansea, getting Michu on track is paramount. Last year's breakout star has yet to register a goal, though he does have one assist and a solid 7.07 match rating from WhoScored.com. The Swans desperately need Michu and either Wilfried Bony or new loan addition Alvaro Vazquez to provide a threat in this contest. 

 

Prediction

This will not be an easy fixture for Liverpool. They are on the road, and Swansea is a good team that had the misfortune of drawing a tough set of fixtures to open the year. 

Expect possession to be even throughout the game, with both teams playing an aesthetically pleasing style of football throughout. 

At home, the Swans will end Liverpool's perfect start to the season. This one ends in a draw, 1-1. 

 

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