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Swindon Town v Manchester City live stream: How to watch the FA Cup from anywhere in the world

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Swindon Town v Manchester City live stream, Friday 7 January, 8pm GMT

Swindon will be looking to cause a major upset when they host Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday.

Pep Guardiola has taken City to new heights since he assumed control at the Etihad Stadium in 2016, winning three Premier League titles and four League Cups. He has only got his hands on the FA Cup once, though, and will be hoping to improve on that record this season. 

City are already out of the League Cup and have a significant lead at the top of the Premier League table, so perhaps they will be tempted to take this competition even more seriously this term.

Guardiola's side go into this match in magnificent form, having now won 11 matches on the bounce in the top flight. City have the bit between their teeth and are arguably the best team in the world right now, which makes this a fantastic occasion for Swindon.

Ben Garner's team are also going strong this season. They sit fifth in League Two at the start of 2022 and are just two points short of the automatic promotion places. A 5-2 thrashing of Northampton on New Year's Day was one of their best performances of the campaign to date.

John Stones is nearing a return to action after a spell on the sidelines, but Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko are likely to miss out here. Liam Delap is injured, but other fringe members of the squad could feature for City. 

Cole Palmer is a candidate to start after some promising outings so far this term, while the likes of Zack Steffen, James McAtee and Luke Mbete will also hope for an opportunity to impress Guardiola. 

City could name a strong bench in case things do not go to plan, but even a weakened side will probably have too much quality for opponents from the fourth tier of the English game.

Kick-off is at 8pm GMT on Friday 7 January, and UK viewers can watch live on ITV. See below for international broadcast options.

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VPN guide

Use a VPN to watch Premier league football from outside your country

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If you’re out of the country for a round of Premier League 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 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.

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UK TV rights

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).