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Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid live stream: how to watch the Champions League wherever you are in the world

Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid live stream
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Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid live stream, BT Sport, Wednesday 21 October, 8pm BST

Bayern Munich’s bid to retain the Champions League trophy begins with a heavyweight clash against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

The Germans were unstoppable last season as they stormed to the Treble, fired by the goals of Robert Lewandowski.

The Pole is set to lead the line at the Allianz Arena against the La Liga giants, in what could be a decisive clash in deciding who tops Group A.

Bayern and Atleti are joined by RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow in the group, but both sides will harbour ambitions of going deep in the competition.

Both teams warmed up with league wins over the weekend; Hansi Flick’s side thumped Arminia Bielefeld 4-1 thanks to braces from Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, while Atletico defeated Celta Vigo 2-0 thanks to Luis Suarez and Yannick Carrasco strikes.

Head-to-head record makes this a difficult game to call, as in four meetings there are two wins apiece.

Their last clash came in the 2016/17 group stages, when a Lewandowski goal gave Bayern a 1-0 win.

The hosts will be without their major summer signing Leroy Sane, who is injured, while Tanguy Nianzou is also sidelined.

Sime Vrsaljko is injured for the visitors and centre-back Jose Gimenez is a doubt.

Kick-off is at 8.00pm BST and the game is being shown on BT Sport ESPN in the UK. See below for watching details where you are. 

Use a VPN to watch Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid live stream from outside your country

We know, we know, this has crept up on you a bit. So what if you’ve organised a quick winter break and you’re out of the country for the first Champions League week of the season?

We can help. If you’re out of the country for this round of Champions League fixtures, then annoyingly your domestic on-demand services won’t work – the broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address, and you’ll be blocked from watching.

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:

1. ExpressVPN (inc. 30-day, money-back guarantee)

The recommended VPN of choice. FourFourTwo’s brainy pals TechRadar love ExpressVPN's lightning-quick connections, security you can trust, and the fact it works with Android, Apple, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PS4 plus plenty more. It also comes with that money-back guarantee, has 24/7 support, is currently available for a 49% discount and with three months FREE. Grand.

2. Nord VPN (inc. 30-day, money-back guarantee)

A cheaper option; its cheapest package current averages at a titchy £2.29 per month.

3. IPVanish (inc. seven-day money-back guarantee)

Slightly more expensive but supports up to 10 devices, and you can pay up your hard-earned every three months if required.

How to watch the Champions League live for UK subscribers

UK

The only broadcaster with rights for the Champions League in the UK this is BT Sport, which will show every single game from the group stage, knockout rounds and final.

BT Sport is available is free for new BT broadband and TV customers, £6 a month for existing customers and from £25 a month for current Sky TV customers. Subscribers can use the BT Sport app or BTSport.com to watch on their mobile or PC streaming service.

How to watch the Champions League live for US subscribers

US

Champions League coverage is split between Turner Sports for English-language broadcast – with the majority of games shown for Bleacher Report Live subscribers – and Univision for Spanish broadcasts.

Bleacher Report Live costs $2.99 per game, $9.99 per month, or $79.99 per year.

Sort yourself out with a subscription, grab a VPN deal from further up the page, and watch Champions League football wherever you are.

How to watch the Champions League live for Canadian subscribers

Canada

The streaming platform DAZN has exclusive rights to the Champions League in Canada (and also shows the Premier League, the Championship, Europa League, Serie A, the EFL Cup, MLS and the J-League). They’re offering a one-month free trial, followed by a rolling $20-a-month or annual subscription of $150.

DAZN supports iOS and Android phones and tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Apple TV and a gaggle of Smart TVs.

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in the football world, scroll back up the page and get yourself VPN.

How to watch the Champions League live for Australian subscribers

Australia

Good news for fans of the round ball game Down Under, as Optus – who also show every single game of the Premier League season – have exclusive rights on the Champions League. There are various deals available for existing customers to add football to their package, but you can now get Optus Sport for just $14.99 a month for non-subscribers.

It’s available via the Fetch TV box, your Xbox console, or from compatible streaming devices such as phones or tablets supporting iOS and Google Play, plus Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Chromecast.

Check out our VPN advice to watch the game when you’re away from Australia.

How to watch the Champions League live for New Zealand subscribers

New Zealand

Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports is the catchily-named channel all football lovers in New Zealand will need this season.

As well the Champions League, it also shows the Spanish, German, Italian, Scottish and French leagues, as well as the Championship, FA Cup, EFL Cup and Copa Libertadores. Oh, and major international tournaments like the World Cup and next year’s European Championships too.

To get all that, Sky Sport subscriptions start at $31.99 a month – but with a VPN from one of the deals above, you’ll still be able to log in and watch it wherever you are in the world.

Who are the favourites for the Champions League?

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are the favourites with most bookies to win their first ever Champions League title, with Barcelona generally considered the likeliest team to overcome them. Reigning champions Liverpool are third favourites, just ahead of the next cluster which includes Real Madrid, Juventus, PSG, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham.

Who are the favourites for Champions League top scorer?

You will be shocked to learn that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are considered the two strong favourites to end the season as Champions League top scorer, with Juve’s Portuguese forward just pipping the Barca attacker to top spot. 

Behind them comes Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe.

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