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The Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream could well see City retain their Premier League title — and you can watch it from anywhere with a VPN (opens in new tab).

Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream date, time, channels

The Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream takes place today (Sunday, May 22).
Time 4 p.m. BST / 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT
• U.S. — Watch on Peacock (opens in new tab) or on NBC via SlingTV (opens in new tab)
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports (opens in new tab) or Now (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

After a gruelling season in which Liverpool have pushed them all the way, Manchester City can finally get their hands on the Premier League trophy this weekend. Well, provided Aston Villa don't cause a monumental upset.

City lead Liverpool by one point, so a win here will guarantee that they win the title for the fourth time in five seasons. But anything less than that and you can bet that there'll be anxious eyes turning to the Liverpool vs Wolves game in the hope that the Reds also slip up.  

Villa have already played their part in one important game this week, holding Burnley to a 1-1 draw that moved the Clarets out of the bottom three. But they didn't roll over and let Burnley take all three points, and nor will they capitulate here — not least because manager Steven Gerrard is an Anfield legend! 

Here's how they line up:

Manchester City: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Fernandinho, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, Foden.

Aston Villa: Olsen, Cash, Chambers, Mings, Digne, Ramsey, Luiz, McGinn, Buendia, Watkins, Coutinho.

Can Man City win the Premier League or will they give Liverpool a chance to pip them to the title? Find out by watching the Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream.

Plus, make sure you don’t miss a game on the final day of the season with our how to watch Premier League 21/22 hub.

How to watch the Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream wherever you are

The Manchester City vs Aston Villa 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.

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 NBCSN, Peacock or another service and watch the game.

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How to watch the Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream on NBC and on the NBC (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've cut the cord and don't have cable, you have plenty of options, too. For a start, there's 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. 

Another option would be Sling TV: the Sling Blue package costs just $35 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including NBC. Plus, right now Sling is offering 50% off the first month (opens in new tab).

Or you could go for Fubo.TV. Its Pro Plan costs $70 per month but gives you 121 channels, including NBC, plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy.

If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

Sling TV (opens in new tab) offers two packages, both of which cost $35 a month. The Sling Blue plan comes with 30-plus channels, including NBC, NBCSN and USA. Sling is currently offering 50% off the first month. 

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 NBCSN and USA. 

In addition to showing selected Premier League 21/22 live streams, Peacock (opens in new tab) also has 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 Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream in Canada

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Canadians can watch the Manchester City vs Aston Villa 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 $20 CAD per month fee, although you can save a little by buying annually ($150 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 Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream in the UK

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Sky Sports (opens in new tab) has the Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream in the U.K., so if you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £25/month to add those channels. The game will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event.

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.

If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky sub, you could also consider its Now Sports streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £9.99 or month-long access for £33.99 but once again, Sky is currently offering a great deal here: you can sign up for six months of access for just £25/month right now (opens in new tab). Now Sports is available on virtually every streaming device out there and is a great option if you don't already have Sky. 

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

How to watch the Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream in Australia

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Aussies can watch the Manchester City vs Aston Villa 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 — plus it costs a very reasonable $14.99 AUD per month. An Annual Pass is also available for $139 AUD/year, but a current offer knocks that back to a bargain $99 AUD.

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 Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream in New Zealand

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Kiwis can access the Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream via Spark Sport (opens in new tab), which costs $24.99 NZD per month. Bear in mind, though, that there's currently a seven-day free trial so you can check it out now to 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.

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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