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

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne, center, celebrates with his teammates Blerim Dzemaili of Switzerland, left, and Christian Maggio, after scoring against Sassuolo during their Italian Serie A soccer match at Mapei stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2014

Napoli will travel to Liberty Stadium for the first leg of a Europa League matchup with Swansea City. 

It is the round of 32 in this event. The second leg of this affair will be on Feb. 27 at San Paolo.

The Swans will be hoping this match helps them continue some recent momentum, and they've looked especially adept at home. In their last two home matches, both in Premier League play, the Swans have won by the combined score of 5-0. 

Meanwhile, Napoli's last time on the pitch was an away match against Sassuolo. Napoli pulled out a 2-0 victory. Prior to that, the Italian side had not won an away match since Jan. 12. 

This sets up for what should be a competitive battle. Here are the vitals needed to help enjoy the action. 

 

When: Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:05 p.m. ET/8:05 p.m. GMT

Where: Liberty Stadium, Swansea 

TV: Fox Sports 2 USA/ITV

Live Stream: FoxSoccer2Go (subscription required)

 

Key Storyline: Will Swansea notch an upset? 

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With Napoli in third in the Serie A table and Swansea City in 10th in the Premier League table, Napoli have the right to feel confident about their chances in this match. 

Still, Swansea have seen recent and vast improvements since Garry Monk took over managing duties on an interim basis. 

Everton manager, and former Swansea head man, Roberto Martinez sees the improvements in the Swans under interim manager Monk. Martinez offered up this quote, via South Wales Evening Post, on Swansea's recent form: 

From what I see Swansea have been galvanised, that's the truth.

I've seen the last two games, and I also saw the West Ham game, when Swansea produced a bit of a pedestrian performance.

Since Garry Monk took over everyone is fired up. You have people with a point to prove — here we saw two foreign players feeling unhappy with a couple of actions (by Everton players) when maybe they have not shown that before.

You can see there is a desire to do well and to perform well.

And we all know this Swansea side is good enough to achieve big things this season, in the Europa League and in the Premier League.

With 12 games to go in the league I think the future is very, very bright.

Everton beat Swansea 3-1 to knock them out of the FA Cup, but that match came at Goodison Park and it was Swansea's first defeat since Monk took the reins. Of course, Monk also sacrificed that match to help his team for this one. 

Numerous starters were rested for that match and will be raring to go on Thursday.

There was the hope that star Michu would be back for this contest, but that doesn't appear to be the case. The Independent's Karl Matchett passed this along: 

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Even without Michu, the Swans will have a fresh lineup and be looking to steal a win. 

 

Prediction: Swansea City 2-1 Napoli 

The Swans have looked good on their home pitch as of late, and this team is building up some confidence.  

With Monk's decision to rest numerous starters in the Swans' last match, his side will be well-rested for this one. His team will not let him down. 

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