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Bristol City v Swansea City live stream: How to watch the Championship wherever you are in the world

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Bristol City v Swansea City live stream, Sky Sports, Friday 20 August, 7.45pm BST

Swansea travel to Ashton Gate on Friday night in search of their first win of the Championship season.

The Swans were one game away from the Premier League in May, but play-off final defeat has been followed by a turbulent start to the 2021/22 campaign. Steve Cooper departed the Liberty Stadium a month ago after growing disillusioned with life at Swansea, and Russell Martin has hitherto struggled to get his new team going.

That is understandable given he was only appointed a few days before the season began, leaving the former MK Dons boss with precious little time to get his ideas across. A 2-1 loss to Blackburn on the opening day came before a spirited 0-0 draw with Sheffield United last weekend. However, the Swans were well beaten by Stoke on Tuesday to leave them with just one point from a possible nine.

Bristol City finally ended a 13-game winless run in midweek, as Nigel Pearson's side battled to an excellent 3-2 victory over Reading. Andreas Weimann scored either side of half-time for the Robins, with Chris Martin also getting on the scoresheet at the Madejski Stadium. Bristol City will now turn their attention to a dire home record which has seen them fail to win a game at Ashton Gate since late January.

Andy King suffered an injury in the win at Reading and will not feature for the home team on Friday night, with Han-Noah Massengo in line to replace him. Joe Williams and Callum O'Dowda should be back in the matchday squad, although neither is likely to be fit enough to start.

As for Swansea, Ryan Bennett, Kyle Naughton, Connor Roberts and Liam Walsh are unlikely to be available again until after the September international break. Korey Smith is closer to a return, while Tivonge Rushesha has stepped up his return to full fitness following an ACL injury. Manchester United loanee Ethan Laird could make his first start for the Swans.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm BST and the game is being shown live on Sky Sports Football in the UK.

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VPN guide

Use a VPN to watch Championship football from outside your country

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If you’re out of the country for a round of Championship fixtures, then annoyingly your domestic on-demand services won’t work – the broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address (boo!). You'll be blocked from watching it, which is not ideal if you’ve paid up for a subscription and still want to catch the action from the craziest league in the world without resorting to illegal feeds you’ve found on Reddit.

But assistance is on hand. To get around that, all you have to do is get a Virtual Private Network (VPN), assuming it complies with your broadcaster’s T&Cs. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and t'internet, meaning the service can’t work out where you are and won't automatically block the service you've paid for. All the info going between is entirely encrypted – and that's a result.

There are plenty of good-value options out there, including:

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UK TV rights

How to watch Premier League live streams for UK subscribers

UK VPN Premier League live streams

Sky Sports and BT Sport are the two main players once again, but Amazon also have a slice of the pie in 2021/22. 

US TV rights

How to watch Premier League live streams for US subscribers

USA VPN Premier League live streams

NBC Sports Group are the Premier League rights holders, with the Peacock Premium streaming platform showing even more than the 175 games it aired last season, with other matches split between NBCSN channel, CNBC and the over-the-air NBC broadcast channel. If you pick up a fuboTV subscription for the games not on Peacock Premium, you'll be able to watch every game.

Head back to our VPN advice so you can take advantage when you're out of the country. 

Canada TV rights

How to watch Premier League live streams for Canadian subscribers

Canada VPN Premier League live streams

DAZN subscribers can watch every single Premier League game in 2021/22 – and it gets better. After a one-month free trial, you'll only have to pay a rolling $20-a-month fee, or make it an annual subscription of $150.

The broadcaster also has all the rights to Champions League and Europa League games in Canada, too.

Want in while you're out of Canada? Scroll back up and check out the VPN offers above. 

Australia TV rights

How to watch Premier League live streams for Australian subscribers

Australia VPN Premier League live streams

Optus Sport are offering every game of the Premier League season for just $14.99/month for non-subscribers, which you can get via a Fetch TV box and other friendly streaming devices.

To take advantage while you're not Down Under, follow the VPN advice towards the top of this page. 

New Zealand TV rights

How to watch a Premier League live stream for New Zealand subscribers

New Zealand VPN Premier League live streams

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Spark Sport are serving up all 380 games – plus various highlights and magazine shows throughout the week, as well as the Champions League – for $24.99 a month, after a seven-day free trial. 

It's also available via web browsers, Apple/Android devices, Google Chromecast and some Samsung TVs, and Apple TV and Smart TV compatibility new for this season.

Check out our VPN deals to watch when you’re not in New Zealand.

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