Sparta Prague v Celtic live stream: how to watch the Europa League wherever you are in the world
Watch a Sparta Prague v Celtic live stream, as the Bhoys' European adventure continues
Watch a Sparta Prague v Celtic live stream, BT Sport, 17.55pm GMT
Neil Lennon will want to see a response from his players when Celtic take on Sparta Prague on Thursday.
The reigning Scottish champions dropped two more points at the weekend, as a 2-2 draw with Hibernian left them 11 points adrift of Rangers at the top of the Premiership. Celtic have two games in hand on their bitter rivals and there is a long way to go this term, yet there is a growing feeling that Rangers could be in line to win their first title since 2011.
Lennon can take little consolation from the Europa League given his team’s position at the foot of Group H. Lille, AC Milan and Sparta Prague make for extremely tough opponents, but a 4-1 loss to the latter at Celtic Park earlier this month was a major disappointment. Celtic’s hopes of qualifying for the round of 32 are slim - they have amassed just one point from a possible nine - and a failure to win in the Czech Republic this week would leave the Bhoys on the brink of elimination.
That 4-1 triumph in Glasgow keeps Sparta in contention for a place in the knockout phase, although a failure to win here would be a huge blow to their hopes of finishing above either Lille or Milan.
Celtic remain without Christopher Jullien, James Forrest and Michael Johnston due to various injury problems. Lennon may be tempted to make some changes to his starting XI after criticising his players’ hunger following the draw with Hibernian, with Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard both pushing for recalls.
Sparta may have brushed Celtic aside at Parkhead, but four of their last five matches in all competitions have ended in defeat. That will give Celtic a degree of confidence heading into what can only be described as a must-win match in Prague.
Kick-off is at 17.55pm GMT and the game is being shown on BT Sport 3 in the UK. See below for watching details where you are.
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Use a VPN to watch a Sparta Prague v Celtic 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
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
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
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
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
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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