Watch FA Cup Soccer: Livestream Bristol City vs. West Ham From Anywhere

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Having held Premier League West Ham to a 1-1 draw away at the London Stadium, Championship side Bristol City will be hoping to go one step further and pull off an upset at home in this FA Cup third round replay. 

The Robins earned a well-deserved draw and a rematch thanks to a second-half Tommy Conway strike in the previous encounter, and City boss Liam Manning will be hoping having home advantage this time out will prove key as his side look to pull off one of the biggest shocks of this year’s tournament so far.   

As well as the disappointment of being held by lower league opposition, that draw at home proved a costly affair for the Hammers, with key men Lucas Paqueta and Jarrod Bowen picking up injuries which rule them out of this tie. 

The reward for today’s victors is a home tie against the winners of the replay between Nottingham Forest and Blackpool.

Below, we’ll outline the best live TV streaming services to use to watch the game live, wherever you are in the world.

West Ham United striker Danny Ings, looking and pointing to his right.

Danny Ings, who is without a goal this season, is set to lead the line up front for injury hit West Ham tonight. 

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Bristol City vs. West Ham United: When and where?

Bristol City host West Ham in this FA Cup third round replay at Ashton Gate on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Kickoff is set for 7:45 p.m. GMT local time in the UK (2:45 p.m. ET, 11:45 a.m. PT in the US and Canada, and 6:45 a.m. AEST on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in Australia). 

How to watch the Bristol City vs. West Ham game online from anywhere using a VPN

If you find yourself unable to view the game locally, you may need a different way to watch the game — that’s where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on game day by encrypting your traffic, and it’s also a great idea if you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.

With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.

Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Canada, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.

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Livestream the Bristol City vs. West Ham game in the US

This cup match at Ashton Gate is streaming exclusively live in the US on ESPN Plus. Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET, 11:45 a.m. PT on Tuesday for viewers in the States. 

ESPN’s standalone streaming service costs $10 a month or $100 for an annual subscription. With it, you’ll be able to watch all of this season’s FA Cup fixtures. Read our ESPN Plus review.

How to livestream the Bristol City vs. West Ham game for free in the UK

The great news for footy fans in the UK is that free-to air broadcasters the BBC and ITV are sharing live duties for this season’s FA Cup.

This fixture is being shown exclusively on BBC1, with coverage starting at :30 p.m. BST ahead of the 7:45 p.m. kick-off.

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With the match being broadcast on BBC1, that also means you’ll also be able to watch the game online for free via the network’s on-demand streaming service, BBC iPlayer.

With an app that’s available for Android and Apple mobile devices, as well as a vast array of smart TVs and streaming boxes, all you need is a valid UK TV license to stream the game.

Livestream Bristol City vs. West Ham game in Australia

Canadian soccer fans looking to watch this FA Cup fixture can watch all the action live via Sportsnet.

Sportsnet is available via most cable operators, but cord-cutters can subscribe to the network’s standalone streaming service Sportsnet Plus instead, with prices starting at CA$20 per month or CA$180 per year.

Livestream Bristol City vs. West Ham game in Australia

ViacomCBS holds the broadcast rights for the FA Cup in Australia, which means you can now watch matches from the tournament live Down Under via streaming service Paramount Plus. You’ll just have to set an alarm for the early hours of Wednesday morning: kickoff is at 6:45 a.m. AEDT.

An Australian Paramount Plus subscription currently costs AU$9 a month, which gives you access to Paramount’s coverage of this year’s tournament, as well as Hollywood movies such as Top Gun: Maverick and original shows like Picard and Tulsa King.

Quick tips for streaming the FA Cup using a VPN 

  • With four variables at play — your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN — your experience and success when streaming FA Cup matches may vary.
  • If you don’t see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the “search for city or country” option.
  • If you’re having trouble getting the game after you’ve turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs — like Roku — don’t have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you’ll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you’re using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
  • All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a cable network’s sports app, you’ll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location. 
  • And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you’re using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We normally recommend Brave.


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