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Chelsea vs Chesterfield live stream: how to watch FA Cup for free online and from anywhere

Stamford Bridge stadium - home to Premier League football team Chelsea
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Non-league Chesterfield will be hoping for a little bit of FA Cup magic as they come up against the reigning Champions League holders at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup today. Follow our guide to see how to watch a Chelsea vs Chesterfield live stream, and catch this FA Cup third round tie where you are.

The Spireites are having a great season in the National League in the fifth tier of English football, while Chelsea sit third in the Premier League.

Watch Chelsea vs Chesterfield live stream

Date: Saturday, January 8

Start time: 5.30pm GMT / 12.30pm EST / 9.30am PST / 11pm IST / 4.30am AEDT / 6.30am NZDT

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London

FREE live stream: BBC iPlayer

US live stream: ESPN Plus

Watch anywhere: Try ExpressVPN 100% risk-free

Thomas Tuchel's side have lost back-to-back FA Cup Finals in the last two years following defeats to Arsenal and Leicester at Wembley, and will be keen to make a good start to this year's campaign as they look to go one better.

While few pundits are likely to give non-league Chesterfield a chance of pulling off an upset this afternoon, the minnows have form in the FA Cup with a historic run that took them to the semi-finals in 96/97.

Here's how to get a Chelsea vs Chesterfield live stream and watch this FA Cup third round fixture online today.


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Watch Chelsea vs Chesterfield live stream FREE in the UK

Chelsea vs Chesterfield is FREE to watch on BBC iPlayer

Chelsea vs Chesterfield is FREE to watch on BBC iPlayer and the BBC sports website, even though it won't be televised on the BBC TV channels. It kicks off at 5.30pm on Saturday, January 8.

BBC iPlayer is free to watch with a valid TV licence, and the streaming service works across a huge array of devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, media streaming devices like Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Roku, and PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Not in the UK right now? By using a VPN you can access all the services you rely on from anywhere. Plus, it’ll keep your private information secure online too.

Watch Chelsea vs Chesterfield from anywhere 

If you're abroad right now and struggling to tap into BBC iPlayer, you'll want a VPN. This helps you circumvent the geo-blocking that will try to stop you watching a Chelsea vs Chesterfield live stream in other parts of the world while on your travels.

VPNs are a useful means of getting around this issue. They are cheap and easy to set-up as well. Here's how it's done.

Use a VPN to watch Chelsea vs Chesterfield from anywhere

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Using a VPN to watch the sports is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Download and install a VPN - we recommend ExpressVPN

2. Connect to the relevant server location - launch the VPN app, click on 'choose location' and select the right location i.e. a server in the UK for iPlayer

3. Head to the chosen broadcaster's live stream - in this case, head to the BBC iPlayer

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How to watch Chelsea vs Chesterfield live stream in the US

ESPN Plus

ESPN has the rights to the FA Cup in the US, and will be showing a massive 79 live matches during this year's competition on its ESPN Plus streaming service, including this third round clash.

ESPN+ only costs $6.99 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. You'll save even more if you pay for a year in advance - that costs $69.99 for 12 months.

But there's even better value to be had, if you grab ESPN+ as part of the big Disney Bundle. As well as ESPN Plus live coverage and documentary action, you'll get access to the Disney Plus catalogue - which features Marvel movies, every Simpsons episode ever, the complete Star Wars canon, Pixar films, and much more - plus all the great shows and movies that Hulu offers.

And the cost is super reasonable - for all that content, you only have to pay $13.99 a month for the Disney Plus bundle.

Chelsea vs Chesterfield kicks off at 12.30pm EST / 9.30am PST stateside.

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