The Watford vs Aston Villa live stream brings the newly-promoted Hornets back to the Premier League, while Villa seek to create a fresh identity for themselves after the departure of Jack Grealish. Both teams were busy in the transfer window, and the new players should make this an unpredictable, exciting match.
Villa have a big Grealish-sized hole to fill, but they spent smartly on Championship player of the season Emi Buendia, proven striker Danny Ings, versatile wing Ashley Young and hot prospect Leon Bailey. The latter is on the bench for today's game, but the other three all play from the start.
Watford have plenty of talented players of their own, including new signings Emmanuel Dennis and Juraj Kucka, who are both in the starting 11 today. And their record at Vicarage Road is stellar, having won their last nine competitive matches there. Of course, now they are back in the Premier League and maintaining their home turf advantage will be tougher.
Here's how they line up:
Watford: Bachmann, Kabasele, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Masina, Sarr, Cleverley, Etebo, Kucka, Sema, Dennis
Aston Villa: Martínez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Nakamba, McGinn, El Ghazi, Buendía, Young, Ings
To watch the match, be sure to tune into the Watford vs Aston Villa live stream today (Saturday, August 14). You can also check out our how to watch Premier League 21/22 hub for guides on how to catch every single game of the new season.
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How to watch the Watford vs Aston Villa live stream wherever you are
The Watford 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 NBC, Peacock or another service and watch the game.
How to watch the Watford vs Aston Villa live stream in the US
Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Watford vs Aston Villa live stream on Peacock (opens in new tab), NBC's streaming service. To tune in, you'll need to sign up for either a Premium subscription ($4.99/month) or Premium Plus ($9.99/month, which also gets rid of ads).
If you're outside of the U.S. but still have the right Peacock subscription, you can watch the Watford vs Aston Villa live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
How to watch the Watford vs Aston Villa live stream in Canada
Canadians can watch the Watford vs Aston Villa live stream on DAZN (opens in new tab).
What's more, DAZN offers new customers a 30-day free-trial period (opens in new tab), with the service then costing $20 CAD per month thereafter, or $150 CAD for the year. 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 Watford vs Aston Villa live stream in the UK
Bad news for Brits — there's no Watford vs Aston Villa live stream; only 200 games of the Premier League 21/22 season's 380 games are showing on Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime, and this match is not one of them.
If, however, you're an American or Canadian (or from any other country with a legitimate live stream service for Watford vs Aston Villa) and are only in the U.K. temporarily, you can still watch services from your home country. All you'll need is one of the best VPN services, like ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
How to watch the Watford vs Aston Villa live stream in Australia
Aussies can watch the Watford 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 Watford vs Aston Villa live stream in New Zealand
Kiwis can access the Watford 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 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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