Forest Green vs Birmingham City live stream
|Kick-off: Saturday, January 7, 12.30pm GMT / 7.30am ET / 4.30am PT|
|TV channel: ESPN+ (US) | Paramount+ (AUS)|
|Use ExpressVPN to watch any stream|
Forest Green vs Birmingham City live stream: match preview
Update: Sorry folks - there'll be no football in Nailsworth today! The Forest Green vs Birmingham match has been rained off, with the New Lawn looking more like a puddle than a green this morning. A new date and kick-off time will be revealed in the coming days. Original article follows...
Something's got to give at the New Lawn as two teams in desperate need of a New Year pick-me-up clash in the third round of the FA Cup. Forest Green have suffered four consecutive defeats and, to compound matters, top scorer Connor Wickham has just left the club. Birmingham City are on a miserable run of their own. The Blues have lost their last three games. Here's how to watch a Forest Green vs Birmingham City live stream online wherever you are.
Wickham has been Rovers' biggest source of hope in what's otherwise been a dismal season, and Ian Burchnall has responded by signing pacey forward Jordon Garrick from Swansea. The 24-year-old scored one in 16 outings on loan at Lincoln City this season, and could be thrown straight into the Forest Green lineup, having not featured in the FA Cup this season.
Rovers were promoted as League Two champions last summer and they're currently dead last in League One. Wickham's departure puts the onus on Josh March and Myles Peart-Harris, who both have an eye for goal but are far from prolific.
Birmingham, who are 17th in the Championship after a festive period that was anything but jolly, look set to welcome top marksman Scott Hogan back after an extended spell on the sidelines. The Blues took just four points from the five games he missed with a hamstring injury, scoring four times, but John Eustace will have been encouraged by what he's seen from Troy Deeney and Tahith Chong.
The match is being shown on subscription streaming services ESPN+ in the US and Paramount Plus in Australia. Here's how to get a Forest Green vs Birmingham live stream and watch this FA Cup fixture online from wherever you are.
How to watch Forest Green vs Birmingham City: live stream in the US without cable
Soccer fans can watch a Forest Green vs Birmingham live stream on ESPN Plus in the US, but be warned that kick-off is set for 7.30am ET / 4.30am PT early on Saturday morning.
The streaming service is showing 79 FA Cup games this season, as well as the entirety of the Carabao Cup.
ESPN Plus+ monthly plans cost $9.99 a month, while the cost-saving annual subscription is priced at $99.99 a year.
But there's even better value to be had if you grab ESPN+ as part of the big Disney Plus Bundle. As well as ESPN Plus live sports and documentaries, you'll get access to the hugely impressive Disney Plus catalog, 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 - you only have to pay $13.99 a month for the Disney Plus bundle.
Out of the US and want to watch your home coverage? No worries - just use a VPN as described below.
How to watch Forest Green vs Birmingham from outside your country
We've set out how you can live stream Forest Green vs Birmingham in a number of countries around the world. However, if you're away travelling for pleasure or for work, you probably won't be able to watch the game like you normally would at home. This is the result of geo-blocking - best understood as digital borders that restrict certain services and content to specific parts of the world.
A good streaming VPN can let you get around these digital borders, while also offering robust protection from cybercriminals and government snooping. They're also easy to use.
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Can you watch a Forest Green vs Birmingham live stream in the UK?
There are five other FA Cup games kicking off at 12.30pm GMT, and Forest Green vs Birmingham has missed the cut on UK TV.
While geo-blocking will prevent you from accessing your stream like you would at home, getting a VPN service as outlined above will allow you to change your online location, allowing you to watch your domestic coverage without a hitch.
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How to watch Forest Green vs Birmingham: live stream FA Cup in Australia
ViacomCBS (now known as Paramount Global) has taken the broadcast rights to the FA Cup from Channel 10.
This means streaming service Paramount Plus is the place to watch Forest Green vs Birmingham in Australia. Kick-off is set for 11.30pm AEDT late on Saturday night.
A Paramount Plus subscription currently costs $8.99 a month. As well as giving you access to FA Cup matches, it also offers gives you exclusive access to Hollywood movies like Top Gun: Maverick and original shows like Tulsa King, Halo and Picard.
Be sure to use a VPN if you're trying to access your home coverage from outside the country.
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Forest Green vs Birmingham live stream: how to watch FA Cup soccer in Canada
Sportsnet is showing Forest Green vs Birmingham in Canada, but be warned that kick-off is set for 7.30am ET / 4.30am PT early on Saturday morning.
You'll need a Sportsnet Now Premium subscription to tune in. It costs $34.99 per month or $249.99 per year, and as well as FA Cup soccer, it nets you WWE Network and coverage of the Bundesliga, United Rugby Championship, Premiership Rugby, National Rugby League, Super League Rugby, and the NHL, including out-of-market games.
If you're unable to tune in due to geo-blocking restrictions, remember that a VPN is all you need to watch the game as you would at home.
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