Want to watch Premier League matches live without a Sky Sports contract? It's easier than you think, and totally legal. Here's how. 

Are Liverpool really favourites to win the league? In January the team has a slim lead over Manchester City with Spurs right behind. But oh, how good it is for us to have a title race with half the season gone?

In the UK, no Premier League matches are shown for free on terrestrial TV channels like BBC or ITV. You’ll have to pay something, whether it’s on contract or a pay as you go basis in order to watch the full Premier League season in your own home, though there are ways to watch individual matches for free.

Many matches are shown on Sky, but there are always plenty of ways to watch the Premier League without Sky Sports too - for example, you can pay via Now TV fairly cheaply on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Click here to skip down to information on VPNs and how to watch the Premier League if you're abroad.

Premier League fixture list

Here’s the official Premier League fixture list for the 2018/2019 season.

If a match is on Sky, you'll be able to watch it with Now TV too. More on that below.

How to watch the Premier League on Sky Sports

For many years Sky dominated Premier League broadcasts in the UK. It now shares duties with BT Sport, but Sky shows more matches in a season – 126 to be precise, split between the 12:30pm games on Saturdays and the 1:30pm and 4pm games on Sundays. Sky also shows all the Friday and Monday night matches throughout the season.

If you are new to Sky you can purchase Sky from £20 per month and then an extra £18 for Sky Sports

If you are an existing Sky customer and want to add Sky Sports to your package it costs from £18 per month.

Click here to look into Sky Sports packages

How to watch the Premier League online

If you don't want to commit to a long-term Sky contract, Now TV has a pay as you go Sky Sports Pass option that lets you pay for either a day, week or month of Sky Sports.

A day pass costs £7.99 and lasts 24 hours from purchase, so you’ll want to be canny about when you activate it to ensure you see the matches you want.

A week pass cots £12.99 and gets you (unsurprisingly) 7 days, while the month pass costs £33.99 per month and rolls on to the next month unless you cancel it.

The month pass is often on sale so click here to check the current price!

Note that all Now TV packages just gives you access to Sky coverage - you can't use Now TV to watch BT Sport.

These passes give you all 7 Sky Sports channels so you can always watch the golf or the F1 when the football isn’t on.

Click here to view Now TV’s Sky Sports Pass packages

You can then watch the action for as long as you've paid for on your browser, on the TV app or on the mobile app.

How to watch the Premier League on BT Sport

BT Sport has successfully built a brand and muscled in on Sky Sports' turf in the past few years. It has the rights to show 42 live Premier League matches per season. Not as many as Sky, but BT owns exclusive rights to all Champions League and Europa League coverage, so swings and roundabouts.

BT used to show every early Saturday game but this season it is showing the 5:30pm Saturday matches and 12pm Sunday matches.

If you don’t currently have BT Sport or use BT Broadband then you can sign up to BT Broadband and get BT Sport for free. Alternatively, you can opt to get BT Sport added to your Sky package for £21.99 per month if you’re already a Sky customer.

Click here if you want to view these options to get BT Sport

If you’re already a BT customer then it’s pretty easy to add BT Sport.

Click here to view the options to get BT Sport if you already are a BT customer

How to watch the Premier League abroad

If you want to watch Premier League football from outside the UK then chances are you already have great options – 3pm UK time matches on a Saturday are usually shown abroad unlike in England, so you can probably see even more football than British viewers. 

If you're a British viewer going abroad and you still want to watch using your existing UK services, then you can also use a VPN to 'browse from the UK' and access Sky Sports, Now TV, or BT Sport as usual. 

Nord VPN is one of our top recommendations, but you can check out our best VPN chart, which shows you some of the best services for accessing UK content from abroad.