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Manchester City and Chelsea meet in an all-English Champions League Final on Saturday night.

Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel will face off for the ultimate prize in European club football as the Premier League rivals battle it out in Porto for the European Cup.

Man City are looking to complete a treble after already lifting the Premier League and Carabao Cup this season, while Chelsea could end a dramatic campaign on a high.

This is the one trophy which has eluded Guardiola so far at City, and winning it would further cement his credentials as the best coach in the business. As for Tuchel, he knows the pain of losing this match after seeing Bayern Munich beat his PSG side last season - and he will be desperate to avoid a similar fate here.

2021 Champions League Final: Predictions

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Even most Chelsea fans would accept that City are favourites to win in Porto, but both sides have more than enough quality to lift the trophy on the day.

Tuchel has marked himself out as something of a specialist against other top managers, but Chelsea’s limp FA Cup Final defeat and subsequent League defeat at Villa Park will be a big concern.

With neither side likely to start a recognised centre forward, it could well come down to which defence deals with fluid attacks better - and City have been imperious in that regard this term.

Man City 2-1 Chelsea

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Head to head (h2h) history and results

The sides have only met in one previous Uefa club competition tie, with Chelsea beating Man City 2-0 in the 1970/71 European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals, winning both ties 1-0.

The teams have met three times this season. City won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League in January, but Chelsea beat City 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-finals and then left the Etihad with a 2-1 League victory on May 8.

In terms of their overall history, the teams have payed each other 166 times domestically, with Chelsea winning 68 games to City’s 58 victories, and 40 draws shared.

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2021 Champions League Final: Man City vs Chelsea team news

Man City have little to worry about in terms of injury problems, with Ilkay Gundogan allaying fears he could miss out after being forced off against Brighton.

Sergio Aguero scored twice off the bench against Everton in his final League game for City, but it would be a surprise to see him start with Guardiola once again likely to opt for a striker-less formation.

Chelsea have two key injury concerns. N’Golo Kante is a doubt with a thigh injury, but Tuchel is hopeful that the midfielder will return to training on Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had to come off against Aston Villa at half-time after clattering against the post, though Tuchel says his No1 has made a “huge improvement” since then - but more will become clear on Wednesday.

Should Mendy miss out, then Kepa Arrizabalaga will start.

How to watch and live stream 2021 Champions League Final

UK broadcaster BT Sport is airing the 2021 Champions League Final for free. Viewers in the UK can watch the full game of Villarreal vs Manchester United plus all the build up coverage for free live on the BT Sport YouTube channel from 7pm BST. You can also tune in on the BT Sport website or by using the BT Sports app on smart TVs, the Xbox One and Apple TV too.

If you're a UK citizen trying to watch from abroad, then make sure to use a VPN so that you can access the BT Sport Champions League Final free live stream wherever you are in the world. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Watch a Champions League Final live stream anywhere in the world using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Champions League Final rights holders, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

US: Champions League Final live stream for $5.99

Soccer fans in the States are lucky enough to be able to watch the UEFA Champions League final live through Paramount Plus – and the first 7 days are free. After that, you'll pay $5.99 a month. No contract. Bargain, right?

Of course, Paramount Plus is only available within the US. Stuck abroad? Simply use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Champions League final Paramount Plus 7-day free trial

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Watch the UEFA Champions League Final for free with a 7-day free trial of Paramount Plus. You can choose from any of the Champions League and Europa League games. It's $5.99 per month once the trial expires. Cancel at any time.

Watch a Champions League Final live stream in Australia

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If you're in Australia, local streaming service Optus Sport provides live coverage of the Champions League final, Europa League and Premier League for just AU$14.99 per month or AU$68 for six months.

Stuck outside Oz at the moment? Don't forget that you can use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked.

You can download the Optus Sport app for Android and iOS devices. Fetch TV, Apple TV, Android TV, LG, Amazon Fire, and Chromecast also carry the app for smart TV viewing. You can watch Optus Sport live streams through Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge browsers and, lastly, it's also available on Xbox.

Watch a Champions League Final live stream in the UK

Rights to show the UEFA Champions League Final between Chelsea and Manchester City in the UK belong to BT Sport, whose long-term deal to broadcast all matches from UEFA club competitions means you'll also be able to watch the Champions League.

BT Sport is offering their coverage on the BT Sport app, the BT Sport website and the BT Sport YouTube channel for free. You can also sign up to a BT Sport package.

Man City vs Chelsea will be shown on BT Sport 2 (HD) and BT Sport Ultimate (4K). The build up starts at 7.15pm BST for an 8pm kick-off.

EU: Watch the Champions League Final on DAZN

Football fans in Canada, Austria and Germany get the chance to watch the UEFA Champions League final for free. DAZN has the rights to show the Champions League final and a host of sports in these territories, and, best of all, DAZN offers a 1-month free trial. So long as you've not used yours already, then you can enjoy Man City vs Chelsea for nada.

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