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Barnsley v Reading live stream: how to watch the Championship wherever you are in the world

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Barnsley v Reading live stream, Sky Sports, Friday 2nd April, 5:30pm BST

The Championship returns on Good Friday, and Barnsley welcome fellow play-off contenders Reading to Oakwell in the evening kick-off.

Reading were the league’s pace-setters but have tailed off and will drop out of the top six should they lose at Oakwell and Bournemouth win at home to Middlesbrough earlier in the day.

As for Barnsley, their surprise 2-1 defeat at home to struggling Sheffield Wednesday before the international break ended a 12-match unbeaten run. That form saw them surge up the table and into the play-offs, having survived in dramatic fashion on the final day of last season.

Under Valerien Ismael, the Tykes have emerged as serious challengers for a top-six finish, thanks to their extremely intense, high-pressing game. They won seven games in a row before being held to a goalless draw at Derby earlier this month.

The Royals, meanwhile, won seven and drew one of their opening eight games of 2020/21, but they’ve recorded only 11 victories in 30 outings since, recently losing to relegation threatened Wycombe and Birmingham. Veljko Paunovic’s side haven’t won away to a team in the top half since beating Blackburn 4-2 back in October.

September’s reverse fixture between these teams finished 2-0 Reading, with Yakou Meite and Michael Olise on the scoresheet and defenders Michal Helik and Mads Andersen both seeing red for Barnsley.

Barnsley could be without Helik on Friday as he’s away on international duty with Poland, who play England at Wembley on Wednesday. Reading may have the same problem with Romanian striker George Puscas – Romania travel to Armenia – while Benfica loanee Alfa Semedo will have to quarantine after playing for Guinea-Bissau in red-listed Eswatini.

Kick-off is at 5:30pm BST and the game is being shown on Sky Sports Main Event (opens in new tab) in the UK.

Use a VPN to watch a Barnsley v Reading live stream from outside your 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 Jose Mourinho tantrum. And that's where we recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) (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: 

ExpressVPN including a 30-day, money-back guarantee

FourFourTwo’s brainy office mates TechRadar (opens in new tab) 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! 

NordVPN with quality mobile and desktop apps

A cheaper option and almost ExpressVPN's equal when it comes to quality, too. A single subscription covers six connections, so you can use it on mobile, laptop, streaming devices and more, all at the same time.

Surfshark offers a great VPN at a fraction of the price

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