Three weeks in the books, and controversy reigns in the Premier League. Gary Linekar, Jermaine Jenas, Jamie Carragher and others took to social media to protest that the new law regarding handballs and potential penalties is ruining football. Some Premier League matches continue be shown free by BBC Sport alongside pay-TV broadcasters Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime. Need a Premier League VPN?
In truth, it’s just a new wrinkle to a game that barely resembles the sport Linekar played in the 80s and early 90s. And it’s a change Linekar himself called for four years ago.
The football itself provided plenty of entertainment, we had xx goals, some comical defending and some of the worst ever excuses for a defeat courtesy of Rodri, who took it upon himself to try and deflect from City’s awful display.
The three games recommended on these pages ahead of the weekend all turned out to be good watches which is probably the last time that will happen.
Brighton and Manchester United set the stage for the weekend in terms of both goals and controversy. Brighton will rightly feel hard done by having outplayed United for the majority of the game, and then lost to a penalty awarded after the final whistle had blown. Tariq Lamptey won another penalty, and that’s something we should get used to this season. If you can find a bookie who’s willing to offer you good odds on Lamptey winning 10 or more penalties this season, take that action. He’s a problem for any defender to deal with, and an even bigger one for a clumsy midfielder in his own box.
Sheffield United vs Leeds United turned out the be a less exciting affair for the neutral but the tactical side was fascinating. Wilder and Bielsa, like chess masters, traded moves throughout the game, with Wilder’s men the better team in the first half before Bielsa’s team took the spoils late in the second half after a sustained period of pressure. Leeds debuted their 3-1-4-2/3-3-1-3 formation to the Premier League, and with Rodrigo, Diego Llorente and, if reports are to be believed, Michael Cuisance and Todd Cantwell potentially joining the fray, we may well see a lot more of it as the season progresses.
I did promise that the Man City vs Leicester City game would have goals, and thankfully the two teams obliged. Seven goals, five for Leicester and one of the worst defensive displays you will ever see from the home team. Three penalties conceded as a result of sheer stupidity. City have a lot of work to do to fix their problems, but cash is king and they can throw a bunch of it around before the transfer window closes in a week.
Elsewhere, Chelsea fought back from their own calamitous defensive performance to draw 3-3 at the Hawthornes having gifted West Brom a 3-0 lead. Thiago Silva will want to forget his debut, and Frank Lampard might regret the decision to name him as captain on his debut.
Champions Liverpool, fresh from a comfortable, almost arrogant, 2-0 win away to Chelsea last week followed that up with an almost perfect performance at home to Arsenal. Coming into the game in good form, Arsenal have come a long way under the management of Mikel Arteta but Liverpool showed them just how far they still have to go. Had it not been for a mistake by Andy Robertson, it would have been a flawless performance from Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Tottenham will regret not taking their chances after dropping 2 points late on at home to Newcastle. Spurs had dominated the game and missed chance after chance in the first half through a mixture of bad luck, good goalkeeping and bad finishing. The penalty decision was the main talking point afterwards, but the rule is the rule and it’s part of the game now.
Everton continued their good start with a third successive win away to Crystal Palace, who will feel aggrieved to have lost, while Southampton picked up their first win of the season away to Burnley. Like Everton, Aston Villa have started very well and looked dominant against Fulham, who already seem doomed.
West Ham joined the Saints in picking up their first points of the season, but the biggest talking point from their 4-0 demolition of Wolves should be how poor the Midlanders were. Wolves never seemed to get out of first gear and their defence was an abomination. Wolves look to have regressed from last season, which is not ideal for a team with European ambitions.
It’s still very early in the season, there’s so much football still to be played, but already there’s teams showing signs of what’s to come. For good and bad. We’re in for a fun season.
How to watch every Premier League match from anywhere…
Premier League matches for the 2020/21 season will be streamed live between Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and the BBC Sport website, as well as their respective apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Smart TV, Now TV, FireTV etc.
But these streaming services are not available to everyone, for example when you load BT Sport in the USA, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Dubai, Canada etc. you will get an error message.
Sorry, this video is not available in your country.
This is basically because their streaming services are geoblocked based on the IP address being used to access it. You must be a UK domestic web user to access BT Sport, Sky Sports, Amazon Prime UK and BBC Sport live tv streaming.
- Get a UK IP address.
- If you want to watch on your Windows PC, Mac, FireTV, iPhone, iPad or Android then you can get a UK Proxy or VPN Apps from Liberty Shield, FREE for 48 hours and then from only £6.99 per month.
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How can I watch Sky Sports Premier League 20/21 matches live?
Sky Sports has the rights to 140 matches and as per last season may offer some of these with a free to air option on their Sky Pick channel. If you have a Premier League VPN set to UK, then you can watch Sky Sports streaming from anywhere. Existing Sky Sports customers can watch with Sky Go on computers or their various apps. If you want to pay-as-you go with no contract then Now TV is your best bet; with their Day, Week and Month passes. As for streaming the free Sky Pick channel, this is expected to be available on the Sky Go platform.
Sky has a whopping 11 sports channels. It’s offering covers all sorts, from cricket, motor racing (including Formula 1 and Indycar), boxing, NBA, golf, rugby league, women’s rugby and netball. Sky’s non-Premier League football coverage sits on Sky Sports Football and includes both EFL games and Scottish football fixtures.
How can I watch BT Sport Premier League VPN 20/21 matches live?
BT Sport has the rights to just over 50 Premier League fixtures during the 2020/21 campaign, and will also carry coverage of the UEFA Champions’ League and Europa League until 2024. Subscribers can watch BT Sport on their computers as well as their various apps on connected devices. They do offer a Monthly Pass with no contract, which will give customers access to the BT Sport mobile app.
Remember that BT Sport also features coverage from the Bundesliga, and holds rights to Moto GP, UFC and WWE coverage as well. After a long delay the BT Sport app is now available on several models of Smart TV as well as Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices.
How can I watch Amazon Prime Premier League VPN 20/21 matches live?
Amazon is a relative newcomer to live Premier League VPN coverage. It has 20 matches per season under the current rights agreement, and in 2019/20, it secured all of the showpiece Boxing Day fixtures. Amazon also broadcasts sports including the US Open tennis championships, other ATP World Tour tennis events and NFL games.
Fans will need a Prime membership to watch fixtures on the online streaming service. You can watch Amazon Prime on your computer or with their connected mobile apps on various devices, including Amazon FireTV. The Amazon Prime service is priced at £7.99 per month, although if you’ve not subscribed before, you can access its services on a 30-day trial period.
How can I watch BBC Sport Premier League VPN 20/21 matches live?
Behold! The BBC was been given one free-to-air game while stadiums are still closed to crowds – with Leicester City v Burnley shown in September on BBC One with Free live streaming available on the BBC Sport website as well as BBC iPlayer and various BBC Sport apps on connected devices. With stadiums set to remain closed to fans due to Covid-19, it remains to be seen whether more games will be shown free-to-air by the BBC.
However, if you are content with free Premier League VPN 20/21 highlights then the BBC have you covered, with Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2, available live when screened on the BBC Sport website, and also on catchup with BBC iPlayer.
Furthermore; Sky Sports, Now TV, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and BBC Sport aren’t the only geographically-censored streaming services a VPN or Proxy will allow you to access. Other UK services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and BritBox are available. Plus with the option to switch to our USA service whenever you like, you can access Hulu, HBO GO, Netflix and Pandora. Essentially you can access international content from virtually anywhere!