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Swansea City vs Liverpool, Premier League Gameweek 4: Open Thread

swansea liverpool Swansea City vs Liverpool, Premier League Gameweek 4: Open Thread

Swansea plays Liverpool today in the final game of the weekend. For viewers in the United States, the broadcast begins on NBCSN at 2:30pm ET, building up to the 3pm ET kick-off.

This is an intriguing match to me. All of the pundits and bookmakers are predicting a Liverpool win tonight, so as a Swansea City supporter, it’s a weird feeling knowing that no one is rating your club to win. At some point, Swansea City will come good at home against a top side in the Premier League. The last time the Swans put in a brilliant performance at home in the league against a top side was May 13, 2012 when Swansea beat Liverpool 1-0 on the final day of the 2011-12 season. Yes, it’s been that long.

While I’m a big believer in Swansea’s system and their group of players, I don’t think tonight is the night that they’ll come good where each player will put on a first class performance. Swansea, despite their win against West Brom in the last gameweek, are in a slump and haven’t been able to play at their peak performance — in the league — for quite some time. It seems they’ve been saving their better performances for, this season, the Europa League and, last season, the League Cup.

Starting lineups:

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Flores, Williams, Davies, Britton, Shelvey, Michu, Dyer, Routledge, Bony

Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Tiendalli, de Guzman, Canas, Pozuelo, Vazquez.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Wisdom, Skrtel, Sakho, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Moses, Sturridge

Subs: Jones, Toure, Alberto, Aspas, Sterling, Ibe, Kelly

Liverpool have the firing power and team confidence to grind out a victory tonight in South Wales. Steven Gerrard will be playing his 400th game for the Reds as captain. With a win tonight, the Reds will jump to the top of the Premier League and will open up a three point gap over second place.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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