Sitting pretty in third in the English Premier League table and having reached their first major final in 24 years in midweek, things are look pretty rosy right now for Newcastle and their boss Eddie Howe. But could an improving West Ham upset the good vibes at St James' Park on Saturday in this intriguing Premier League clash?
Sean Longstaff was on target twice for the Magpies as they beat Southampton 2-1 on Tuesday to secure their place in this year's Carabao Cup final. That result triggered jubilant scenes on Tynecastle at the final whistle, but the hosts' attention must now turn back to league matters, as they look to maintain their place amid the Champions League qualifications spots.
Despite their good form, this fixture looks set to be a tricky encounter for the home side, with Newcastle required to manage without influential central midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, who misses out thanks to a three-match suspension. Ineligible against Southampton, $54 million signing Anthony Gordon is likely to make his Newcastle debut after moving from Everton.
After a disastrous start to a season that promised so much for West Ham, there are signs of recovery for the Hammers. A crucial win against relegation rivals Everton a fortnight ago was followed by a professional victory over Championship side Derby in the FA Cup on Monday. Those matches showed that West Ham's dangerous forwards Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio are both beginning to click again, which could spell trouble for a buoyant Newcastle.
Below, we'll outline the best live TV streaming services to use to watch the game live wherever you are in the world.
Newcastle vs. West Ham: When and where?
Newcastle host West Ham at St James' Park on Saturday, Feb. 4. Kickoff is set for 5.30 p.m. local time in the UK (12.30 p.m. ET, 9.30 a.m. PT in the US, and at 4.30 a.m. AEST on Sunday, Feb. 5 in Australia).
How to watch the Newcastle vs. West Ham game online from anywhere using a VPN
If you find yourself unable to view the game locally, you may need a different way to watch the game -- that's where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on game day by encrypting your traffic, and it's also a great idea if you're traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.
With a VPN, you're able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. So if your internet provider or mobile carrier has stuck you with an IP address that incorrectly shows your location in a blackout zone, a VPN can correct that problem by giving you an IP address in your correct, nonblackout area. Most VPNs, like our Editors' Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.
Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Canada, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you're streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.
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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It's normally $13 per month, and you can sign up for ExpressVPN and save 49% plus get three months of access for free -- the equivalent of $6.67 per month -- if you get an annual subscription.
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Livestream the Newcastle vs. West Ham game in the US
This weekend's EPL match is streaming on Peacock. You'll need a Peacock Premium or Premium Plus account to catch the game live.
NBC's streaming service Peacock offers access to plenty of Premier League soccer throughout the season. You'll need to be signed up with a Peacock Premium or Premium Plus account to stream games live. For a limited time, you can sign up for Peacock Premium at a 60% discount, dropping the monthly cost as low as $2 (or even less if you pay for a year upfront).
Livestream the Newcastle vs. West Ham game in the UK
Premier League rights in the UK are split between Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video. The Newcastle vs. West Ham game is exclusive to Sky Sports -- showing on its Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League and Ultra channels. If you already have Sky Sports as part of your TV package, you can stream the game via its Sky Go app, but cord-cutters will want to get set up with a Now account, and a Now Sports membership, to stream the game.
Sky subsidiary Now (formerly Now TV) offers streaming access to Sky Sports channels with a Now Sports membership. You can get a day of access for £12, or sign up to a monthly plan from £25 per month right now.
Livestream the Newcastle vs. West Ham game in Canada
If you want to stream the Magpies against the Hammers live in Canada, you'll need to subscribe to FuboTV Canada. The service has exclusive rights to this Premier League season.
FuboTV is the go-to destination for Canadians looking to watch the Premier League this season with exclusive streaming rights to every game. It costs CA$25 per month, though you can save some cash by paying quarterly or annually.
Livestream the Newcastle vs. West Ham game in Australia
Football fans Down Under can watch this EPL fixture on streaming service Optus Sport, which is showing every single Premier League game live in Australia this season.
With exclusive rights to screen every EPL match live this season, as well as German Bundesliga and Spanish La Liga games, streaming service Optus Sport is a particularly big draw for Aussie soccer fans.
If you're already an Optus network customer you can bag Optus Sport for a reduced price, with discounts bringing the price down to as low as AU$7 per month. If you're not, a standalone monthly subscription to the service starts at AU$25.
Quick tips for streaming the Premier League using a VPN
- With four variables at play -- your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN -- your experience and success when streaming EPL matches may vary.
- If you don't see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the "search for city or country" option.
- If you're having trouble getting the game after you've turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs -- like Roku -- don't have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you'll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you're using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
- All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a cable network's sports app, you'll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location.
- And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you're using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We normally recommend Brave.