Leverkusen vs Juventus : The Champions! Yes, it’s the Champions League 2019/20 group stage and time to get your 4K football on. For that you’ll need a Champions League live stream or TV channel to make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action.
Leverkusen vs Juventus Live
Date: Wednesday 12 December, 2019
Event: Uefa Champions League
The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League is the 65th year of Europe’s top continental club competition, with the contest now whittled down to 32 teams all vying for a place in the 2020 Champions League Final in Istanbul.
Matchday 6 brings the last of the group games and while it’s crunch time for a few teams, there are plenty of others who are already sitting back and making plans for February.
It’s Liverpool and Chelsea with the squeaky bums this week. Fortunately, both clubs have fate in their own hands. A win apiece will see them qualify for the knockouts and quite possibly finish top of their respective groups too. While, on paper, that sounds pretty even, it’s definitely Liverpool who have the tougher task.
Jurgen Klopp and his men travel to the feet of the Austrian Alps for Tuesday’s early kick-off. Victory will keep Liverpool ahead of second-placed Napoli. A draw makes it less certain but still guarantees at least second spot.
Should Red Bull get the win, then things get interesting given that both teams would finish on 10 points and it then goes down to their head-to-head record instead of straight goal difference. Anything heavier than a one-goal difference in this second encounter could spell bad news for the ‘pool presuming that Napoli manage to beat bottom side Genk in Italy. One to keep your eyes.
As for Chelsea, they have what should be the easiest game of their round as they face one-point Lille at home. All the Blues need to do is better the result of Valencia who take group leaders Ajax in Amsterdam. Anything less and it’s Los Ches who get the nod through the head-to-head record.
Manchester City have Group C done and dusted. They’ll be taking some second-stringers and hopefully some young ‘uns over to Zagreb to play Dinamo on Wednesday in what should be an enjoyably technical and not entirely toothless encounter. The third-placed Croats sit just one point behind Shakhtar and need to beat Donetsk’s result in the other game to progress.
Spurs’s visit to the Allianz Arena is very much an encounter for Tottenham and Bayern fans only. With five points between them and then another seven between Spurs and Red Star Belgrade, it’s as dead a rubber as it gets. If you want to check out the likes or rising Irish star Troy Parrott, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovanni Lo Celso, then tune in at 8pm on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Inter vs Barca is the pick of the action. The Catalans are safe on the top of Group F but the Italians will likely need a good result to stay ahead of Dortmund who are level with them on seven points. That’s Tuesday night at 8pm.
There are no new rules for the group stage apart from the fact that VAR has been in force since the play-offs and will continue throughout the tournament. Should two teams be tied on points by the end of the group games, then they are separated according to the following criteria:
- Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams
- Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams
- Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams
- Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams
- Goal difference in all group matches
- Goals scored in all group matches
- Wins in all group matches
- Away wins in all group matches
- Disciplinary points
- UEFA club coefficient
Watch Champions League football anywhere in the world using a VPN
We’ll look at the TV and live stream options for UK and USA-based Champions League fans below, but even after spending all that money on a subscription you’re still not going to be able to watch the group stage from another country.
There are certain territories where the Champions League football is free to watch (you can find a full list of the free Champions League broadcasters here along with the pay channels too). So, if you’re away in one of these places, you may just need to tune in on your hotel TV or find a local bar.
Anywhere else and you’ll want to get yourself a VPN instead. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can spoof an IP address which is local to the server you’d like to access. That way your service provider will think you’re in the correct country to do so and allow you to watch the Champions League on your subscription as if you were back home.
VPNs are also as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or accessing websites people in your location are not supposed to do. They encrypt the data passing between you and the server, so that the information remains private.
So, whether you want to watch live football, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then a VPN is well worth considering.
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 and would recommend the following:
You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Which comes in at as little as $2.99 (£2.29) per month and features 24/7 assistance
Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
Watch the Champions League live the UK
Rights to show the UEFA Champions League in the UK belong to BT Sport, whose long-term deal to broadcast all matches from UEFA club competitions means you’ll also be able to watch the Europa League. BT Sport also has the Bundesliga, which makes a subscription this season a very decent offer.
BT Sport for existing BT TV customers from just £6 from
Upgrading to all four BT Sport channels is no big deal if you’re already a BT TV customer and it’s even better if you’re on BT Broadband too. The former group can add the package for £10 per month, while it’s only £6 per month for the latter.
New BT broadband and BT TV customers will gain access to the coverage free of charge, while it costs £10 each month for existing customers. Sky TV users can also add BT Sport to their existing package from £25 a month, but that will not include any 4K viewing.
BT Sport for Sky TV customers from £10 per month
If you’ve got BT Broadband with Sky TV and want to add BT Sport, then you’re looking at only £15 per month extra for full access to the Champions League and all the other BT Sports in HD across four channels. A BT Sports app-only upgrade is £10 per month. For Sky broadband customers it’s £25 per month with a rolling contract option.
However you subscribe to BT Sport, though, you will get access to streams via the BT website and BT Sport app, so you can watch on the move within the UK or from abroad, using a VPN.
Watch the Champions League live in 4K
BT Sport does come in 4K if you’re hooked up to the BT Sport Ultra HD channel, but you’ll need to be a BT TV and BT Super Fast Fibre broadband user to get it. Ultra HD is not available on the Sky TV platform.
The situation is better for Virgin Media customers, though. You can enjoy all five BT Sports channels including BT Sport Ultra HD on channel 555.
BT Sports Superfast Fibre 2 + Max 4K for
£60.99 £54.99 per month
Sign up to this pack and you’ll get everything BT has to offer. There’s the 4K-enabled box with 300 hours of recording space, 55 premium HD channels and 4K sports access too. The price includes line rental and it comes with a £80 gift card too. Not bad.
BT Sport Collection on Virgin Media for £18 per month
The BT Sport Collection on Virgin Media is a £18 bolt-on, at the time of writing. It brings coverage of football, rugby, cricket, UFC and more, plus access to BT Sport Ultra HD for 4K viewing. You can cancel the subscription at any time.
For 4K sports on BT TV, it’s a case of upgrading or purchasing the Max 4K package, which will cost you £20 a month to add to an existing BT subscription, or £54.99 for the full shebang if you’re a new customer starting from scratch.
Those on Virgin Media will need the Virgin V6 box and a 4K TV to make sure they’re getting the action at maximum resolution. With the basic Big Bundle, BT Sport is £18 per month but all five BT Sport channels, including Ultra HD, are included on the larger TV packages which start at £57 per month. More details on Virgin Media TV bundles.
Watch the Champions League live the USA
UEFA Champions League fans in the States are lucky enough to be able to watch some of the European football action free on Spanish language network Univision. The rest, you’ll have to pay for and the rights are shared out between Univision Deportes Network and Turner Sports.
Take a look at the schedules on their website to work how to follow your favourite team, and don’t forget to use a VPN if you’re watching from abroad.