Don't believe anyone who tells you the FA Cup has lost its magic. The 2021/22 edition is as full of upsets, intrigue and never-say-die lower league spirit as ever, and the 5th round clash between Luton and Chelsea is no different. Luton are flying high in the Championship and Chelsea, beaten in Sunday's League Cup final on penalties, will be desperate to wrench defeat from their minds. Nerves will be shredded. Luton vs Chelsea is free to watch on the BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab). Make sure you know how to watch a Luton vs Chelsea live stream, wherever you are in the world.
The team news is in and Luton top scorer Elijah Adebayo hasn't recovered from the injury he picked up against Derby on Saturday and misses out. The 24-year-old is one of five changes manager Nathan Jones has made, with Carlos Mendes Gomes also restored to the XI, with an eye on preserving their league starters in the boss' mind.
For Chelsea – whose Russian owner Roman Abramovich announced on Wednesday evening he is to sell the club after 19 years at the helm because of the ongoing war in Ukraine – Kepa keeps his place in goal after Sunday's penalty calamity in the League Cup final. Romelu Lukaku starts up front, with Timo Werner returning to the Belgian's left. Lesser-spotted left-back Kenedy makes his first Chelsea appearance in over four years, after a series of five loans away from Stamford Bridge. Captain Jorginho returns in midfield.
Thirteen years after beginning the 2008/09 season on minus 30 points for financial irregularities, nearly going out of business and getting relegated to non-league, Luton Town are on the march. Manager Jones has them in the Championship play-off places with five league wins in their last six. The Hatters took out Harrogate and Cambridge to make it this far.
The Blues, meanwhile, visit Kenilworth Road in less fine fettle. Kepa Arrizabalaga's Sunday skied spot-kick is by now somewhere in the outer atmosphere, but the Spaniard will have the chance to atone for his error as Thomas Tuchel's regular FA Cup keeper. Tuchel is yet to taste defeat in the FA Cup but it came close in the 4th round against League One Plymouth. Only Marcos Alonso's extra-time winner, and Kepa's 120th-minute penalty save from Ryan Hardie, finally sank the plucky Exiles.
Kick-off in this 5th round FA Cup fixture is tonight, Wednesday 2nd March at 19.15pm (GMT) and 14.15pm (ET). Read on for more details on how to watch a Luton vs Chelsea live stream, wherever you are in the world.
Luton vs Chelsea free live stream
Viewers in the UK can watch Luton vs Chelsea for free live on BBC One and the iPlayer (opens in new tab) in HD.
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USA: Luton vs Chelsea live stream
ESPN and ESPN+ have the rights to show Luton vs Chelsea in the US, as well as all the other FA Cup games and a host of other sport. All matches will be available in English and Spanish.
You can sign up to ESPN+, the channel's online streaming service. It costs $4.99 per month or $12.99 for a bargain along with Hulu and Disney+.
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Australia: Luton vs Chelsea free live stream
If you're in Australia, 10Play (opens in new tab) will provide free coverage of this season's FA Cup. 10Play is free and will show most live FA Cup games, including Luton vs Chelsea, which kicks off at 06.15am (AEDT) on Thursday 3rd March.
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FA Cup 2021/22 5th round fixtures
All kick-off times are in GMT
Tuesday 1st March
Peterborough United vs Manchester City 19.15pm
Crystal Palace vs Stoke City 19.30pm
Middlesbrough vs Tottenham Hotspur 19.55pm
Wednesday 2nd March
Luton Town vs Chelsea 19.15pm
Southampton vs West Ham 19.30pm
Liverpool vs Norwich 20.15pm
Thursday 3rd March
Everton vs Boreham Wood 20.15pm
Monday 7th March
Nottingham Forest vs Huddersfield Town 19.30pm