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How to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea for free: Live stream the FA Cup Final 2020

The 2020 FA Cup Final will feature the London derby as Arsenal face Chelsea on Saturday evening. Here's how to watch it free online

London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea will lock horns at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 1 August 2020 in this year’s FA Cup Final. The game will take place inside an empty London stadium that has become the “new normal” for sporting events across the globe.

The Gunners and The Blues are the two biggest London football clubs to be managed by two former players, both of whom are looking for the first piece of silverware in their tenure. Coincidentally, both teams knocked out the two biggest Manchester-based clubs to progress to the final.

The 139th Final of the FA Cup will feature two of the most successful teams in the tournament; Arsenal have won the competition a record 13 times, while Chelsea are in third place with eight wins. The last time these two sides faced off in the FA Cup Final was in 2016-2017 – a game that Arsenal won 2-1.

Kickoff starts at 5:30pm on Saturday and UK viewers have multiple ways to watch the game. BBC One and BBC iPlayer will be broadcasting the game for free, and you can also watch live coverage of the game on BT Sport 1. Those living in the US can watch live coverage of the game on ESPN+.

In the FA Cup semi-final that took place two weekends ago, Mikel Arteta got the better of his former mentor Pep Guardiola as Arsenal defeated Manchester City 2-0. Meanwhile, Chelsea put an end to Manchester United’s unbeaten streak this year, winning 3-1 in a dominant display from start to finish.

Both teams then concluded their Premier League campaigns last week, with Chelsea finishing fourth and Arsenal finishing eighth. The gunners are therefore out of both the Champions League and Europa League next season; perhaps not a bad thing, as the club is undergoing a transition period under Arteta, who was – in all fairness – employed mid-season after a string of disappointing results.

After Saturday’s final, Chelsea will have exactly a week to prepare for their second-round Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich whom they lost 3-0 to in the opening leg. Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League earlier this year by Greek unit Olympiacos, so their 2019-2020 campaign effectively ends on Saturday.

How to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea in the UK for free: BBC

The 139th FA Cup Final will be broadcast live from Wembley on both BBC One and BBC iPlayer this weekend. Coverage begins live on Saturday, 1 August at 4:30pm on BBC One, with kickoff an hour later at 5:30pm.

The game will also be available to stream live on the BBC iPlayer website and the BBC iPlayer app (free on both Android and iOS). Alternatively, you can follow live radio commentary of the game on BBC Radio Five Live. Of course, to access any BBC content, you’ll need to have a valid TV license and a BBC login.

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How to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea in the UK: BT Sport 1

In addition to the BBC, the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea will also be broadcast on BT Sport 1 on Saturday from 4:15pm, 75 minutes before kickoff between the two London teams takes place at Wembley. There’s a huge number of packages to choose from when signing up to BT Sport, starting from £15/mth depending on the existing broadband and TV package that you have.

However, the best commitment-free way to sign up to BT Sport is to get the new BT Sport Monthly Pass that costs £25/mth. The gives you instant access to all the BT Sport channels on any of your devices and you can cancel at any time.

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How to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea in the US: ESPN+

The best way to watch the FA Cup Final between Arsenal vs Chelsea in the US to sign up for ESPN+, the premier sports streaming service from ESPN. The FA Cup Final will be broadcast live from 12:30pm ET onwards on Saturday, 1 August.

ESPN+ costs $4.99/mth and comes with a seven-day free trial. Apart from the FA Cup Final, you can watch a selection of live games from Serie A, MLB, MLS and NHL and your favourite college sports like football, basketball, lacrosse and more on any of your devices.

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How to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea abroad: use a good VPN service

If you’re away from the UK or US this weekend and want to watch the FA Cup Final on BBC iPlayer or ESPN+, then your only way to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea abroad is to use a good VPN service. You will first need to purchase one of the VPNs (see below link), then change the location to the UK or US and go to BBC iPlayer or ESPN+ to watch the game live. A VPN helps you virtually shift your location so that websites think that you’re browsing from the country you select within the VPN, even though you can be based anywhere in the world.

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