Want to know how to watch Man City take on West Ham online, live from anywhere in the world? Whether you're on holiday, lacking the required cable or satellite subscription or simply prefer watching football on your phone or laptop, we've got a method you can use. A variety of top broadcasters around the world are on hand to help you stream the big match and subsequent Premier League games, including a strangely affordable American option.
The English Premier League is back, and champions Manchester City take on a resurgent West Ham at the London Stadium. It feels like the last football season only ended about 15 minutes ago, but then this is a very unusual year for football, with the World Cup taking place in the desert, around Christmas time.
Having signed the blond bomber, Erling Haarland to their squad, you might naturally expect Man City to walk this one. However, don't be so sure. City looked a little short on inspiration in last week's Community Shield defeat. Given that Liverpool – who won the Community Shield – have just been made to look a bit average by Fulham, you sense that it may take a while for this crazy season to settle down. More importantly, West Ham were nobody's idea of a pushover last season, particularly at home. They'll be looking to get their season off to a flier, and the prospect of seeing Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen going head to head with whoever Pep Guardiola decides to pick from his stable of thoroughbred talent is a mouth-watering one.
If you're out of the country and can't access your preferred domestic broadcaster, you can always use a VPN to bypass any geo-restrictions (opens in new tab).
What time is West Ham vs Manchester City?
This year’s first Premier League match at the London Stadium is on Sunday, August 7. West Ham and guests Manchester City kick off at 4:30pm BST, 11:30am ET, 8:30am PT, 1:30am AEST or 2:30am NZST.
In the equivalent fixture last year, the result was a 2-2 draw and it wouldn't surprise me if there were a similar result this time out, as Man City continue to figure out how to incorporate a proper striker – and one who clearly fancies himself something rotten – into their 11-man way of playing football. On the face of it, a tactical duel between Pep Guardiola – two Champion's League titles, 10 national league titles, 3 club world cups etc etc – and David Moyes – one Charity Shield, in 2013 – might seem like a super computer taking on Rebekah Vardy at chess. However, football is a funny old game, and for West Ham, playing at the London Stadium finally feels like home advantage rather than a liability.
Another thing that is likely to give West Ham hope is that City looked borderline clueless in the season's opening game. Admittedly, you cannot draw too many conclusions from a Community Shield match – or any conclusions, if I'm being perfectly honest – but that does offer a few bonus crumbs of hope to the 'Ammers.
Where can I watch West Ham vs Manchester City for free in the UK?
You can't! Sorry, that's just not how it works in the Premier League. But you can pay to watch West Ham vs Manchester City on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League in HD and Sky Sports Ultra in 4K HDR. See below for Sky subscription deals – although it's probably a bit late for that. The good news is you can quickly sign up and watch the match live in HD on Now TV (opens in new tab) via most streaming devices and smart TVs. This does not require you to have a Sky sub.
BT Sport customers can also enjoy the game so long as they're subscribed to the BT Sport Big Bundle (opens in new tab). Virgin Media viewers can use Bigger + Sports (opens in new tab). As with the BT option, this simply adds Sky channels to your existing ones.
How to live stream West Ham vs Manchester City from abroad
If you're out of the country on holiday, you can still get access to a live stream - simply use the best VPN around to get past those geo-restrictions. These handy streaming VPNs mean you can hop on a server within the US, UK or anywhere else . They will switch your IP address to make it appear as if you're browsing right from the comfort of your own home.
ExpressVPN is our VPN provider of choice (opens in new tab). It's fast, secure, easy to use and has more features than you can shake a stick at, if you like to delve deep into settings menus.
New customers get a 30-day money back guarantee (opens in new tab), allowing you to give it a shot and find out if it's actually the service for you. Right now you can also save a big 49% and receive an additional 3 months with your plan for free.
- New to VPN? Find out how to use a VPN to unblock geo-restrictions
How to stream West Ham vs Manchester City in the USA
Coverage of this 'soccer game' in the USA is via Peacock, (opens in new tab)bizarrely. This subscription-based and ad-supported network is better known in the UK – if it's known at all – for its Netflix-esque movies and TV streaming offering. But in the USA, it has somehow snaffled the rights to Premier League football. As a result, you can stream the West Ham vs Manchester City game for just $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. (opens in new tab)
How to watch West Ham vs Manchester City in Australia
Are you an ex-pat or tourist in Australia, or one of the many fans of English football who we expect probably reside down under? Then you can watch all the action from the London Stadium live and exclusively via Fubo.tv from as little as the equivalent of $16.67 per month (opens in new tab), if you pay annually.
How to use a VPN to unblock any restrictions
If you're outside of your preferred broadcaster's boundaries, you can use a VPN to unblock any geo-restrictions and watch a the Hammers take on the Sky Blues live stream as if you were right at home. Here's our step-by-step guide on how to do just that.
- VPN - standing for virtual private network - offers security and anonymity as you browse online, using set protocols to encrypt your data and make it unreadable to outsiders.
- As a part of that, you can also switch your IP address, which identifies your location.
- Most VPNs offer a list of locations where its servers are based to join. Connecting to them switches your IP to appear as if you're browsing from that country/city. In turn, you can then access content locked to that country.
- When it comes to finding a VPN, you should make sure you find the best one that's suitable for your chosen device, with VPN providers offering compatibility for a ton of devices, including VPN for Mac, and even a range of fairly nifty free VPNs.
- Once you've made the decision for the most suitable VPN for your device and your means for using a VPN, sign-up and install it.
- To live stream Wimbledon 2022, all you need to do is select a UK server from its list of available servers and connect. You'll then be able to hop over those geo-restrictions, with the likes of BBC iPlayer opening its online gates to you.
- We also want to ensure your money is well spent, so we would recommend going for a VPN that offers a risk free trial. ExpressVPN is one of many providers that has a 30-day money back guarantee (opens in new tab).