Chelsea vs Man City live stream and how to watch Premier League game online

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The Chelsea vs Man City live stream finds a struggling Chelsea hosting a Man City side eager to close the gap on the league leaders — and you can watch it from anywhere with a VPN (opens in new tab).

Chelsea vs Man City live stream date, time, channels

The Chelsea vs Man City live stream takes place today (Thursday, Jan. 5).
Time 8:00 p.m. GMT / 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 a.m. AEDT. (Jan. 6)
• U.S. — Watch on NBC or Peacock (opens in new tab) (requires Premium sub)
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

Graham Potter has not won over all sections of the Chelsea support since his appointment in September and with the side in 9th place, ambitions of a Champions League finish seem unlikely. A 1-1 draw with relegation strugglers Nottm Forest last time out was not good enough and the manager will have made that clear to the players. Raheem Sterling’s goal was the only bright spark in a lackluster performance and with the January transfer window now open, it will be interesting to see if Potter decides to bring in some of his own players. Injuries have not been kind to Chelsea this season, particularly in defensive positions, with Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, and Reece James suffering multiple knocks. Chilwell and Fofana could return for this fixture but James will miss the whole of January. Of course, Potter was a manager appointed to oversee a long-term project, and it’s important to give him time to implement his ideas on the squad. 

For a team like Man City, anything except winning the title is a disappointment and they are now eight points off leaders Arsenal. Like Chelsea, Man City travel to Stamford Bridge after a 1-1 draw with a team in the relegation battle. Erling Haaland continued his remarkable run of scoring against Everton, but Pep Guardiola’s side couldn’t see the job through. Key defenders Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias are both struggling for fitness and may not make the trip to London, but forward Julian Alvarez, fresh from winning the World Cup, could feature. Last season City beat Chelsea home and away and they will be keen to repeat that record. 

The Chelsea vs Man City livestream will see two of the most expensively assembled squads in the Premier League face off and with both having recent wobbles it could go either way. It will be well worth tuning in, and we'll show you how to watch below. 

Plus, make sure you don’t miss any of the EPL action this weekend by checking out our full how to watch Premier League live streams hub.

How to watch the Chelsea vs Man City live stream wherever you are

The Chelsea vs Man City 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 Peacock or another service and watch the game.

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How to watch the Chelsea vs Man City live stream in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Chelsea vs Man City live stream on Peacock (opens in new tab), NBC's streaming service. To tune in, you'll need to be signed up for either a Premium subscription ($4.99/month) or Premium Plus ($9.99/month, which also gets rid of ads.) 

You can also watching the game on NBC or stream via the NBC Sports (opens in new tab) website with a valid login. NBC can be accessed with one of the best TV antennas or through a cable TV package.

If you're outside of the U.S. but still have the right Peacock subscription, you can watch the Chelsea vs Man City live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

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In addition to showing selected Premier League 22/23 live streams, Peacock (opens in new tab) also has a huge library of licensed content drawn from various brands. That includes shows like 30 Rock, The Voice, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us.

How to watch the Chelsea vs Man City live stream in Canada

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Canadians can watch the Chelsea vs Man City live stream on Fubo.TV (opens in new tab), the new home of Premier League soccer in Canada. 

That's a change from last season, where the action was on DAZN, and it also results in a slightly higher price of CAN$24.99 where DAZN was $20. That's for the Essentials plan, which gets you all Premier League matches, all Serie A matches plus 29 channels including BeInSports and MLB Network. The $39.99 Premium plan adds 20 entertainment channels and more on top of that.

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 into thinking it's back in the great white north.

How to watch the Chelsea vs Man City live stream in the UK

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Sky Sports (opens in new tab) has the Chelsea vs Man City live stream in the U.K., so if you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £18/month to add those channels. The game will be shown on Sky Sports Premier League.

Whichever package you go for, you'll also gain access to coverage in 4K and HDR, so long as you also have an HDR-ready Sky Q box and HLG-compatible TV.

Sky Glass (opens in new tab) is another option. This gives you Sky TV within a 4K TV that has a built-in Dolby Atmos soundbar, and without the need for a dish. Prices start at £13/month for the TV, plus a sky sub on top of that.  

If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky subscription, you could also consider its Now Sports (opens in new tab) streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £9.99 or month-long access for £33.99. 

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

How to watch the Chelsea vs Man City live stream in Australia

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Aussies can watch the Chelsea vs Man City live stream on Optus Sport (opens in new tab), which has the rights to all 380 Premier League games this season. Optus can be accessed via a dedicated mobile or tablet app, and also on Chromecast and Apple TV and costs $24.99 AUD per month. An Annual Pass is also available for $199 AUD/year.

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on your Optus account, as if you were back home.

How to watch the Chelsea vs Man City live stream in New Zealand

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Kiwis can access the Chelsea vs Man City live stream via Sky Sport (opens in new tab). This costs $60.98 NZD per month, or you could go for the Sky Sport Now service, which gives you just the Sport channels but for a reduced cost of $19.99/week / $39.99/month or $399/year. 

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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Andy Sansom
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Andy is Tom’s Guide’s Trainee Writer, which means that he currently writes about pretty much everything we cover. He has previously worked in copywriting and content writing both freelance and for a leading business magazine. His interests include gaming, music and sports- particularly Formula One, football and badminton. Andy’s degree is in Creative Writing and he enjoys writing his own screenplays and submitting them to competitions in an attempt to justify three years of studying.