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Premier League Sunday preview: Liverpool looks to sink Redknapp’s QPR

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Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard runs, during the Champions League Group B soccer match between FC Basel 1893 and Liverpool FC in the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Klaunzer)


An NBCSN doubleheader will have Sunday morning hopping as Liverpool heads to Loftus Road and Swansea visits the Britannia.

It all starts at 8:30am ET with Liverpool and QPR (Live stream here), before the Garry Monk’s Welsh side tries to add to Stoke City’s misery at 11am ET (Live stream here).

The Reds picked up a win against West Brom last time out, but now sit 12 points behind Chelsea and 7 behind second-place Manchester City thanks to a slow start. Meanwhile, QPR have been a miserable team under Harry Redknapp early this season, with just two results including a lone win.

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Swans look to move back into the Top Five, while Stoke is hoping to earn a little breathing room from its spot one point above the drop zone.

Queens Park Rangers vs. Liverpool -- 830am ET on NBCSN
So which Liverpool will we see on Sunday? One thing’s for sure: the Reds will again be without an injured Daniel Sturridge. Fortunately for the visitors, they will face a QPR team that has looked anything but put together this season. Badly missing Loic Remy and leaning too heavily on Charlie Austin for offense, it’s messy in London. The same folks who were touring Harry Redknapp for an extension are now wondering if he’ll be the next guy fired. And if Liverpool bring the offensive pain on Sunday morning, it could even happen on Monday.

Stoke City vs. Swansea City -- 830am ET on NBCSN
Stoke’s win against Newcastle seemed like the right step after a disappointing start to the season, but then came a 3-1 loss to Sunderland. My, how the Northeastern teams can change you. But Monk’s Swans also faced two straight versus the same opponents and drew both.

What we’re saying is that this is a great litmus test for two teams that should be able to compete for the middle of the table and hope to catch enough breaks to rise a little higher. But seasons can sink just as quickly, and both groups of supporters will fancy points from Sunday’s match. Who emerges?

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