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How to watch Arsenal vs Swansea City, Bob Bradley's first EPL game: start time, TV schedule, and live stream

The first American head coach in the Premier League will have a difficult debut.

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No, Once A Metro is not about to take a close interest in Swansea City, but Bob Bradley was the first American head coach of the MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) and he is the first American head coach of the Swans. Also, RBNY isn't playing today, so why not take a peek at Bradley's debut in EPL?

Bradley isn't being handed the easiest game to start his tenure at Swansea. Arsenal is in buoyant form: five straight wins in the league; five straight wins in all competitions (there are League Cup and Champions League wins mixed in there). After shipping four goals to Liverpool in a 4-3 loss to start the season, and following that with a 0-0 draw against Leicester City, the Gunners have steadily gathered momentum: 14 goals scored and one conceded over the current five-match winning run.

As for Swansea...well, the club brought in a new head coach at the beginning of October. Things are not going well. While Arsenal started the season with a loss and got steadily better, the Swans started with a win (1-0 over Burnley) and have got steadily worse. One point from their last five league games is the primary reason why Swansea had a vacancy for Bob Bradley to fill.

Arsenal is third in the table and expected to win. Swansea is 17th and expected to lose.

Meeting low expectations, of course, won't be good for Bradley. He'll be out of Swansea quickly if he can't turn things around, since the club has got used to Premiership status and expects better of itself than a relegation battle.

Swansea has been one of Arsenal's recurring difficulties in recent years. The Gunners haven't won a league game at home against the Swans since 2011. It will be unfair criticism, but if Bradley's first act as Swansea manager is to give Arsenal three points at home, he will be reminded of the fact that he just coughed up one of the Swans' more enduring records in the Premier League.

Bradley has a reputation for pragmatism. He is a coach who has made his name more through his team's overall achievements than a signature style of play. Swansea does have a signature style, or at least it did before it started wobbling in the league last season. Bradley is the club's second head coach of 2016 and third since December 2015 (when Garry Monk was let go and Alan Curtis stepped in as interim manager).

As noted by Dominic Booth for Wales Online, the Swansea Way has lost its way recently. As noted by Jonathan Wilson for Sports Illustrated, the circumstances of Bradley's appointment (without consultation with the club's Supporters' Trust) are a further departure from the culture that has defined the Swans' during what has been more than a decade of steady success.

Bradley seems to be under no illusions about the task ahead. He has a skeptical fan base to win over, and doubtless some anxious club bosses: both can be soothed with improved results. For his part, Bradley exiled himself from what could have been a comfortable career within the US soccer bubble. He has been to Egypt, Norway, and France since losing his position as head coach of the USA Men's National Team. And he has had his eyes on this prize - a head coaching gig at a club in a major European league - the whole time. Now he has the job he wants, he has to work at keeping it.

Per and, here's where to find the game:

Arsenal vs Swansea City

When: 10:00 am, Eastern; Saturday, October 15, 2016

Where: Emirates Stadium, London, UK


Online: NBC Sports LiveTelemundo Deportes en vivoSling Blue