Say what you like about the magic of the FA Cup (or the lack thereof these days), but when teams get to the last four, they have their eyes entirely on the prize. Brighton and Manchester City may be at opposite ends of the league table, but anything can happen in the cup…right? The great news is that this semi-final is on free-to-air TV in the UK and we’ll tell you how to get a Brighton vs Man City live stream wherever you are.
Brighton vs Man City – where and when
The Brighton vs Manchester City FA Cup showdown will take place at place at football’s spiritual home – Wembley Stadium in West London.
The game itself kicks off today (Saturday, April 6) at 5.30pm BST (12.30pm ET or 9.30am PT in the US, and 3.30am AEST in Australia on Sunday morning).
It’s no surprise that City go in to this encounter as hot favourites. A quick look at their team-sheet (and how much the club has spent on players) should tell you everything you have to know. Aguero. Kompany. De Bruyne. Sterling. Sane. Silva squared. And with Pep Guardiola calling the shots from the bench, there aren’t many games that the blue side of Manchester go into as second favourites. But then with a tough Premier League title race and talk of quadruples being bandied around, will this be the moment they let their guards slip.
Chris Hughton – a two-time FA Cup winner as a player himself – will certainly hope so, as manager of Brighton and Hove Albion. His side has slipped into relegation danger in the Premier and a boost in the FA Cup here may be what the club needs. They just have to pull off a minor miracle first, with the likes of Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Anthony Knockaert all needing to be at their very best.
This is an FA Cup semi-final not to be missed. Below we’re going to talk you through the best ways to watch the action in the UK and the rest of the world so you can ensure you can easily live stream Brighton vs Man City.
How to live stream the FA Cup in the UK for free:
The BBC will be hosting the FA Cup action with coverage starting at 5.10pm BST on Saturday. You’ll be able to watch it live on TV, through the BBC iPlayer app or online with the iPlayer live stream. You’ll have to pay for a TV license if you want to watch this in the UK though. There’s also the BBC Sport website that will be live streaming the whole game in a similar way to the BBC One coverage too.
If you can’t live stream the FA Cup as it happens then TVPlayer Plus is a service that allows you to ‘record’ Brighton vs Manchester City and watch it later. You’ll need to sign up for a paid account, but the good news there is that the site offers a 14-day free trial so no payment is required.
Out of the UK tonight? Try to watch the game from abroad and you’ll find that the BBC coverage has been geo-blocked. But that doesn’t mean you can’t watch – you could download and install a VPN service, which will help you to make your laptop or mobile appear like it’s back in the UK…
Live stream Brighton vs Man City from outside your country
In the US? Then keep scrolling, as we have your viewing options below…spoiler alert, you’ll need an ESPN+ subscription. And footy fans Down Under can also see who’s broadcasting there.
But if you’re abroad for the game and find that you can’t watch your home coverage online because it is geo-blocked, we have a handy alternative to allow you to watch as if you were back on your sofa.
The only legal alternative we know of is to download and install a Virtual Private Network (or VPN). The software allows you to change your IP address to a server in another country so that you can watch online as if you were there. What’s more, using a VPN also makes you more secure online, as your activity will be encrypted.
We’ve tested and reviewed more than 100 providers to see which one to recommend and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It’s fast, secure and compatible on loads of different devices (Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox, PS4, etc). It heads up our top 3 picks (see below) and it even comes with a 30-day money back guarantee so that you you can try before you buy.
1. ExpressVPN: the best all-round VPN for streaming, comes with 30-day trial and 3 months FREE with an annual plan
2. IPVanish: puts premium on security and supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go
3. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great, affordable choice for streaming
Once you’re up and running with your chosen provider, you then simply need to open the app and select the appropriate location – it’s super easy to do.
How to watch the FA Cup: live stream in the US for FREE
Having launched in 2018, online subscription service ESPN+ is now picking up more and more momentum – along with a greater range of sports. And now’s it’s managed to snag FA Cup football, too.
It only costs $4.99 per month and allows you to watch online as well as via its mobile app and TV streamer apps on the likes of Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PS4 and Xbox.
But the best news is that you can grab a seven-day FREE trial. So if you haven’t used ESPN+ before, you can sign up for that and get a taster of its sports coverage without paying a thing.
How live stream Man City vs Brighton in Australia
ESPN has manged to bag the rights to show the FA Cup down under, so ideal if you already subscribe to its suite of channels.
If not, you could choose Kayo Sports. The Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously. Alternatively, the service also offers a Kayo Sports Premium Package, which provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.
Their apps mean you can access this from your chosen device wherever you are (although you’ll need a VPN if you’re taking that abroad).