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Barcelona vs Manchester City live stream and how to watch the club friendly online and on TV, team news

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Manchester City's trip to face Barcelona may technically only be a friendly, but any encounter between two of European football's biggest clubs is always an opportunity for either side to establish some bragging rights before the Champions League kicks off again in September. Make sure you know how to watch a Barcelona vs Manchester City live stream wherever you are.

Football fans looking to watch today's Barcelona vs Manchester should head to the Manchester City website where you can pick up a subscription to City+ for £2.99 a month (opens in new tab). Don't forget to subscribe to a VPN for access (opens in new tab) if you're stuck outside your home country and want to follow the match.

Barcelona vs Manchester City live stream

Date: Wednesday 24th August

Kick off: 8.30pm BST / 3.30pm ET

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona

Worldwide stream: City+ (opens in new tab) (£2.99/month)

Watch anywhere: Try ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) risk-free

The teams are in and Barcelona give a rest to their big stars, as expected. Jules Koundé gets a start in defence as he awaits clearance to play in La Liga, while Raphina, Franck Kessié and Raphinha all get a start, too. Gerard Piqué will begin in central defence, with Sergio Busquets anchoring the midfield and Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starting up front. Robert Lewandowski, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele all start on the bench

Manchester City have selected a strong squad for the game, with Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker all starting for Pep Guardiola's side. The Catalan also gives a start to Sergio Gómez and fellow new arrival Kalvin Phillips, while Phil Foden and fellow youth team graduate Cole Palmer also get the nod. Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne and Ederson all start on the bench. 

Though €1.3billion in debt and struggling to meet La Liga's salary cap, the Catalan club have managed to sell future tranches of TV rights to sign Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Franck Kessié this summer but have to sell players in order to register another new arrival Jules Koundé. The French defender is likely to feature, while Pedri, Ansu Fati and Gavi who all starred in the 4-1 defeat of Real Sociedad at the weekend should also feature.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has also promised to take a strong team to the Camp Nou for the friendly. The match's proceeds will go to Fundación Luzón, a charity to help find a cure for motor neurone disease, a cause promoted by former Barça keeper Juan Carlos Unzué who was diagnosed with the disease two years ago. Unzué was a team-mate of Guardiola and City director of football Txiki Begiristain and both were instrumental in arranging the fixture. 

Kalvin Phillips, new signing Sergio Gómez and Barça target Bernardo Silva are all due game time after City's pulsating 3-3 draw with Newcastle at the weekend.

The match kicks off at 8.30pm BST today, Wednesday 24th August 2022. Follow our guide on how to watch a Barcelona vs Manchester City live stream from wherever you are in the world.

Watch a Barcelona vs Manchester City live stream from the UK, US, Australia and Canada

Football fans in the UK, US, Australia and Canada can watch the prestige friendly between Barcelona and Manchester City by subscribing to the latter's pay-TV service City+ for just £2.99 a month (opens in new tab)

A subscription gives you access to Wednesday evening's match, plus all the exclusive City+ videos available online, via the Manchester City TV channel and the club's app, including the seven-part documentary series Together: Champions Again, which details how Manchester City won the 2021/22 Premier League. 

City+ is only available in certain territories so, if you're away from home, be sure to use a VPN to watch Barcelona vs Manchester City from abroad. (opens in new tab)We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as it's reliable and comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Watch a Barcelona vs Manchester City live stream from anywhere with a VPN

Even if you've subscribed to the relevant Barcelona vs Manchester City live stream service, you won't be able to access it when you're outside your home country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. VPNs are easy to use and create a private connection between your device and the internet. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service, you can cancel at any time within the first 30 days with no penalties at all.

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ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee with its VPN service. You can use it to watch on your mobile, tablet, laptop, TV, games console and more. There's 24/7 customer support and three months free when you sign up. Try it – you'll be surprised how simple it is.

Watch a Barcelona vs Manchester City live stream with a VPN

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Using a VPN for Barcelona vs Manchester City on City+ is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For Barcelona vs Manchester City, you may wish to choose 'US' for Peacock TV.

3. Then head over to  City+ (opens in new tab) on your browser or device and enjoy the Barcelona vs Manchester City live stream.

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