Knowing Bob Bradley, it is very likely he’s already done all his prep work diligently from afar ahead of his arrival at Swansea City.
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Bradley, 58, was announced as the Swans’ new boss on Monday as he became the first-ever American to coach in the Premier League. Bradley’s first objective is to steady the ship at the Liberty Stadium with Swansea currently sitting in 17th spot in the PL with just four points accumulated from their opening seven games.
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What lies ahead for the New Jersey native as he looks to hit the ground running in the Premier League?
Here’s a look at Swansea’s next six PL games, all of which you can watch online via NBC Sports, plus a longer look at what Bradley faces.
Swansea’s next six Premier League games
October 15: Arsenal (Away)
October 22: Watford (Home)
October 31: Stoke City (Away)
November 6: Manchester United (Home)
November 19: Everton (Away)
November 26: Crystal Palace (Home)
Three of these games will be very tough for Bradley but the other three are very winnable. It certainly helps that the Swans are no longer in the EFL Cup so until January the only focus Bradley has is on the Premier League.
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When it comes to the opening game against red-hot Arsenal, a point would be a huge result on the road at the Emirates Stadium, although the Swans have had Arsenal’s number in recent seasons, winning their last two and unbeaten in three games at Arsenal. The home game against Manchester United and trip to Everton will be tough encounters for the Swans to get anything from but Bradley will be eyeing nine points from the games against Watford and Crystal Palace at home, plus a trip to struggling Stoke City. Even if he gets seven points from those three games and can nick one draw from the games against Arsenal, Man United and Everton, that wouldn’t be a bad opening run.
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It must be said, a pivotal stretch in deciding which way Swansea’s season will go looks to be throughout December.
From Dec. 10-31 they face Sunderland, West Brom, Middlesbrough, West Ham and Bournemouth. That’s a very favorable stretch of games and if Bradley comes through that with plenty of points (say, 12) then just keeping Swansea up may not be the aim in the second half of the season. There’s a lot of work to do between now and the start of 2017 but with Swansea already playing Leicester, Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool this season, Bradley has a chance to get his reign at the Liberty Stadium off to a very positive start in the next few months with, at least on paper, some very winnable games.
Expect to see the Star Spangled Banner all around the Liberty Stadium by this time next month…