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Manchester City vs Chelsea live stream and how to watch Premier League 21/22 game online

Phil Foden of Manchester City and Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea will both feature in the Manchester City vs Chelsea live stream
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The Manchester City vs Chelsea live stream is sure to be an epic clash between the top two teams in the Premier League. City will enter Etihad Stadium with a 10-point lead, but the Blues are not out of this yet and they know that a win here will keep them just about in touch. 

Manchester City vs Chelsea live stream, date, time, channels

Manchester City vs Chelsea live stream takes place Saturday, January 15.
Time 12:30 p.m. GMT / 7:30 a.m. ET / 4:30 a.m. PT
• U.K. — Watch on BT Sport (opens in new tab)
• U.S. — Watch on Peacock (opens in new tab) (requires Premium or Premium Plus subscription)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

Chelsea came away from their last two Premier League matches with somewhat disappointing draws. Wins in Carabao Cup and FA Cup action were heartening, but the Blues have already lost once to Man City earlier this season. Thomas Tuchel may have to call upon the good juju that brought about Chelsea's three straight wins over their rival at the end of last season.

Fortunately, Tuchel can count on a mostly health squad. Midfield ace N'Golo Kante and centre back Thiago Silva returned from COVID recovery to the pitch against Tottenham this week. Even better, the manager seems to have patched things up with striker Romelu Lukaku, who forms a crucial part of Chelsea's attack and who starts today. 

Meanwhile, Manchester City are dealing with their own COVID outbreak. Manager Pep Guardiola and seven first team players missed last week's FA Cup match against Swindon, although most are now back.

Even with a depleted squad, City still won against Swindon, which just demonstrates how many options Guardiola has at his disposal. Bernardo Silva has been a beast in midfield, while Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish make a formidable forward line.

Guardiola also knows that even if they lose here, they'd still be well ahead of Chelsea in the table. Then again, a win would put them almost out of sight.

Here's how they line up:

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Grealish, Foden.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Sarr, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso, Ziyech, Pulisic, Lukaku.

Will City extend their lead or can Chelsea start to catch up in the title race? You can find out what happens by watching the Manchester City vs Chelsea live stream — and we'll show you how to do that below. And don't forget to check out our full how to watch Premier League 21/22 hub for information on all 380 games this season.

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

The Manchester City vs Chelsea 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 NBC, Peacock or another service and watch the game.

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

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Manchester City vs Chelsea 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. 

The game starts at 7:30 a.m. ET / 4:30 a.m. PT.

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

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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 The Office, 30 Rock, The Voice, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us.

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

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Canadians can watch the Manchester City vs Chelsea 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 Chelsea live stream in the UK

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BT Sport (opens in new tab) has the Manchester City vs Chelsea live stream in the U.K., one of 52 games it will be showing this season.

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, giving you a total of 160 live streams.

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 Manchester City vs Chelsea live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

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

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Aussies can watch the Manchester City vs Chelsea 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 Chelsea live stream in New Zealand

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Kiwis can access the Manchester City vs Chelsea 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 for the start of the season 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.

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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Kelly Woo
Kelly Woo

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.