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How to watch the FA Cup semi-finals: Settle in for a big weekend of football

It’s Man City vs Brighton and Watford vs Wolves as the four clubs battle it out for a place in the showpiece final

Crucial football matches are arriving thick and fast as we move towards the business end of the 2018/19 football season, and this weekend is no different.

It’s Man City vs Brighton and Watford vs Wolves on consecutive days this weekend under the famous arch at Wembley. The four sides will battle it out to secure the two coveted places in the final of one of world football’s most famous competitions.

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone predicting anything other than a Man City win in the first game, but Watford vs Wolves is looking like an intriguing encounter between two evenly matched sides.

Keen to catch the action from both FA Cup ties this weekend? Read on for our guide on how to do just that.

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When are the FA Cup semi-finals?

Manchester City vs Brighton is the first FA Cup semi-final of the weekend, getting underway at 17:30 BST on Saturday 6 April at, you guessed it, Wembley Stadium in London, UK.

It’s going to be a quick turnaround for the Wembley ground staff and cleaning teams, since the second semi-final, Watford vs Wolves, gets underway less than 24 hours later at 16:00 on Sunday 7 April.

How to watch Man City vs Brighton in the UK

BBC One

Watching Man City vs Brighton in the UK couldn’t be much easier: the game will be broadcast live on BBC One, so anyone who has a valid UK TV licence will be able to watch it for free.

Coverage begins at 17:10, with post-match analysis and interviews continuing until 19:30. Gary Lineker presents, with punditry coming from Alan Shearer and Jermaine Jenas.

If you want to watch on the go, then the match will also be available on the BBC iPlayer website and app of the same name, so you can stream it to your phone, tablet, laptop or other device.

Watch BBC One on iPlayer now

For those who have money on a horse running in the Grand National, don’t fear: the famous steeplechase race begins at 17:15, meaning it should be over by the time Man City vs Brighton starts.

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How to watch Watford vs Wolves in the UK

BT Sport

Unfortunately, things aren’t so straightforward for Watford and Wolves fans out there. BT Sport has exclusive rights to the second semi-final, with a dedicated show running from 15:30 until 18:30 on BT Sport 2.

There’s a number of packages to choose from when signing up to BT Sport, but you’ll need to already have either BT Broadband, Sky TV or TalkTalk TV. If you have BT TV, then BT Sport is included in the company’s TV bundles. If you’re only a broadband customer, though, then it’ll be between £10-£15 per month, although you can make the most of a three-month free trial.

For Sky TV customers, you can sign up to BT Sport from £25 per month. The same pricing structure applies to TalkTalk TV customers.

Browse BT Sport packages here

BBC highlights

If you’re unable to sign up for BT Sport, or the packages are a touch expensive for your tastes, you’ll still be able to watch dedicated highlights of Watford vs Wolves on BBC One.

The half-hour show airs at 23:00 on Sunday night, straight after the day’s Premier League highlights courtesy of Match of the Day 2.

How to watch the FA Cup semi-finals wherever you are

VPNs

If you’re going away this weekend and the FA Cup semis aren’t being shown on TV where you are, you could always set up a VPN to stream the action to your laptop or other device.

VPNs (virtual private networks) change the IP address of your computer, so you can access various pages or resources that would otherwise be scuppered by a geoblock.

Simply download and install your chosen VPN, choose the UK as your server location, head over to the BBC iPlayer or BT Sport website (depending on which game you want to watch) and away you go.

To help you decide which VPN to go for, here are three of our favourites at the moment:

1. Windscribe VPN

Windscribe is a solid all-round VPN. Although it’s not the fastest we’ve tried, it’s a well-designed, easy-to-use VPN that gives you the content you need with a high level of security. Prices start at £6.80 per month, with a three-day money-back guarantee if you don’t get what you’re looking for.

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2. NordVPN

NordVPN is also a pretty friendly VPN. At £9.15 per month it’s on the pricey side, but you can use it to encrypt your connection on up to six devices, meaning your whole family will be covered, and you’ll save money in the long run.

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3. PureVPN

If speed is all that you desire, then PureVPN has to be near the top of your list. Normally, sending your traffic halfway around the world has a major impact on the speed of your connection. But, with PureVPN, you can browse the web at 90% of the speed of your regular connection, meaning you can browse the web, download files, or even live-stream the football with ease.

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Of course, using a VPN to access BBC iPlayer or the BT Sport live stream is only legal if you have a valid UK TV licence. For more information, check out our rundown of the best VPNs.