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Stoke vs Birmingham City live stream: how to watch the Championship wherever you are in the world

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Stoke vs Birmingham City, Sunday July 12, Sky Sports, 1.30pm BST

Stoke are suffering a miserable season. Just one point separates them from the relegation zone, and not many people will be expecting them to beat the Blues. Fail to do so and they could find themselves dragged into the bottom three with just three matches remaining. These are desperate times for the Potters and a win would be absolutely massive. 

Birmingham City aren't yet safe themselves but know another win or two should just about see them over the line. They'll see lowly Stoke as a perfect opportunity to bag three points and the players will be motivated.  

Kick-off is at 1.30pm BST and the game is being shown on Sky Sports in the UK. 

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Use a VPN to watch Stoke vs Birmingham City live stream (or from outside the country)

If you’re on holiday or just simply out of the country, your domestic on-demand services won’t work – the broadcaster knows exactly where you are from your IP address. Your access to the game will be automatically blocked, which is annoying if you’ve paid a subscription fee and don't want to use an illegal, buffering stream that makes you miss another Oliver Norwood set-piece. And that's where we recommend ExpressVPN (more on which below). 

All you need to do is get a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to get beyond such aggravations (assuming it complies with your broadcaster’s T&Cs). A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, meaning suppliers can’t work out where you are and what you’re doing. The info going to and from is entirely encrypted.

There are plenty of options out there, including: 

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ExpressVPN

Including a 30-day, money-back guarantee

Runs on almost any platform
Enterprise-level encryption
Speedy VPN servers in 94 countries
Superb 24/7 live customer support
Fewer simultaneous connections than some

FourFourTwo’s brainy office mates TechRadar love its super speedy connections, trustworthy security and the fact it works with Android, Apple, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PS4 and loads more. You also get a money-back guarantee, 24/7 support and it's currently available for a knockdown price. Go get it! 

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NordVPN

Including a 30-day, money-back guarantee

Quality mobile and desktop clients
Up to six connections and value pricing
Great performance in our tests
Not the best user experience at all times
Some historic security breaches

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

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IPVanish

Including a 30-day, money-back guarantee

Owns and manages its own servers
peedy live chat support
Powerful, configurable apps
Excellent download speeds
The odd usability issue

Slightly more expensive but supports up to 10 devices, and you can pay for it every three months if you need to.  

How to watch a Championship live stream in the UK

Sky Sports and BT Sport are the two main players once again, but iFollow is your best bet if these two aren't showing them.

If you don’t want to commit to a monthly contract, then NOW TV are currently offering up their Sky Sports Monthly Pass for just £9.99 (usual price £16.99) – it'll get you access to all of their Premier League and Football League offerings, including this game. Hurry, though: this offer ends at 23:59 BST on September 30. 

Find out more specific details on each of these offerings (and more below) with our handy guide

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