After slipping from the Top 4 last week, things are about to get even more difficult for Chelsea, who travel to Etihad Stadium to take on a seemingly unstoppable Manchester City side on Sunday.
In the United States, the match starts at 11 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. If you don’t have cable or a cable log-in, you can watch a live stream of the match on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
FuboTV: NBCSN is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package, which is tailored towards international soccer fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
DirecTV Now: NBCSN is included in each of DirecTV Now’s four main channel packages. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, plus you can get a free Amazon Fire TV if you prepay two months. Once signed up, you can watch the game live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.
Sling TV: NBCSN is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
Hulu With Live TV: If you want to keep your video on-demand streaming and live-TV streaming on the same service, Hulu is the way to go. In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, they now also offer a bundle of live channels, including NBC Sports Network. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of NBCSN on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
With a 16-point lead over Manchester United with 10 games to play, there’s no real question about whether or not Manchester City will win the Premier League. The question is, how many records can they break? Most notably, they have a realistic chance at the most points (they have 75; Chelsea got 95 in 2004-05), most goals (they have 82; Chelsea scored 103 in 2009-10) and best goal differential (they are at plus-62; Chelsea was plus-71 in 2009-10) in Premier League history.
Chelsea would certainly like to slow down City in order to help protect their records, but the bigger concern for Antonio Conte’s squad is getting back into the Top 4. With three Premier League defeats in their last four matches, Chelsea entered Gameweek 29 trailing United by six points, Liverpool by four points and Tottenham by two points.
You can expect Conte to park the bus in hopes of securing a draw in this one. Chelsea used that strategy to secure a 1-1 result against Barcelona in the Champions League last month, and a similar result against the Premier League leaders on Sunday would be massive.
Of course, that’s something that only Everton in the second week of the season was able to do. Since that one, City has won 13 straight Premier League matches–and 19 straight across all competition–at home, out-scoring opponents 62-11 during that stretch. As such, they are unsurprisingly the favorites on Sunday, but it should still be an entertaining battle.