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Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream: How to watch Champions League match online, lineups

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The Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream will see new head coach Graham Potter take charge of the Blues for the first time  — and you can watch it from anywhere with a VPN (opens in new tab).

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The Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream takes place today (Wednesday, September 14).
► Time: 8 p.m. BST /  3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
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The sacking of Thomas Tuchel came as a surprise to much of the footballing world, but Chelsea’s new ownership group led by American businessman Todd Boehly moved swiftly to replace the German. Their number one target was Brighton’s Graham Potter, and within just hours of Tuchel’s dismissal being confirmed it was reported that Potter was in negotiations for the role. 

While Potter was expected to take charge of his first match last weekend, the Premier League was postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. But now the start of a new era at Chelsea is just hours away, and Potter will need a big performance after the London-based side got their Champions League campaign off to a stuttering start with a defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia. 

However, FC Red Bull Salzburg will be turning up to spoil the party. The side currently sit top of the Austrian Bundesliga having won six of their opening seven games, scoring 21 goals and conceding just three in the process. Salzburg also managed a respectable 1-1 draw with AC Milan in their opening CL fixture, proving they aren’t in Group E just to make up the numbers. They are eyeing qualification for the knockout stages of the tournament for the second successive season. 

The Chelsea job is a big step up for Potter, who has never managed a Champions League game before, but he’s proved with Brighton to be a forward-thinking coach who aims to play attractive football. The big question will be if he can get Chelsea’s largely underperforming frontline firing on all cylinders once again. 

Here's how they line up:

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, James, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Cucurella, Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount, Havertz, Aubameyang, Sterling

RB Salzburg: Köhn, Dedic, Bernardo, Pavlovic, Ulmer, Capaldo, Seiwald, Sucic, Kjærgaard, Dos Santos Pedro, Okafor

Will the Graham Potter era at Chelsea begin with a win? Find out watching the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream.

Plus, don't forget to also check out our full Champions League live streams hub for fixtures, tables and lots more.

How to watch the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream wherever you are

The Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?

The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.

Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.

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Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Paramount Plus or another service and watch the game.

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How to watch the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream on Paramount Plus (opens in new tab). Kick off is at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT.

If you've cut the cord and don't have cable, Fubo.TV is another option. The Pro Plan costs $70 per month but gives you 121 channels, including CBS local channels, TUDN and UniMás, plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy.

If you're a subscriber but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

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If you love sports, you might want to check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front and has dozens of sports channels, including TUDN. 

How to watch the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream in the UK

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BT Sport (opens in new tab) has the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream in the U.K., and you can watch it on BT Sport 3HD. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. BST. 

Prices differ hugely depending on whether you already have BT TV and a BT broadband subscription. If you have both, you can add the Sports package for £15/month plus a £20 upfront fee, or go for the £40/month Big Sports package which also includes all of the Sky Sports channels.

Another option for non-BT subscribers is the BT Sport Monthly Pass (opens in new tab) (£25), which lets you watch via an app for a fixed time and doesn't require a lengthy subscription.

All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

How to watch the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream in Canada

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Canadians can watch the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream on DAZN (opens in new tab)

Sadly, DAZN no longer offers new customers a 30-day free-trial period, so you'll have to pay the $24.99 CAD per month fee, although you can save a little by buying annually ($199 CAD). DAZN, if you're unfamiliar, has apps on every single streaming platform there is.

Canadians stuck abroad that still want their low-price alternative can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)  to trick their streaming device to thinking it's back in the great white north.

How to watch the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream in Australia

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Aussies can watch theChelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream on Stan (opens in new tab). The streaming service offers a 30-day free trial, after which subscriptions start at $10 AUD. To watch the Champions League 22/23 you'll also need to pay $10 for the Sports add-on — but this also includes a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab)

Stan users stuck abroad can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to still access the service they already pay for.

How to watch the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream in New Zealand

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New Zealanders can watch the Chelsea vs FC Red Bull Salzburg live stream on Spark Sport (opens in new tab). This costs $24.99 NZD per month, but there's currently a 7-day FREE trial (opens in new tab) so you can check it out and see how you like it.

Spark is available via web browsers plus loads of streaming devices including Chromecast and Apple TV, so there's no shortage of ways to watch it. And as well as the EPL action you also get cricket, NBA basketball, F1 racing and more.

Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow every game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

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Rory Mellon
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Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.