For the first time since 1988, Aston Villa won’t be playing in the top flight of English football. The last time the club was relegated from the top division to the second flight was in 1987. The Villans soon returned to the top flight, now known as the Premier League, where they’ve been for the past 28 years. But now that Aston Villa has been relegated from the Premier League to the Championship, Aston Villa supporters may be wondering where and how they can continue to watch one of the most historic clubs in English soccer.
First, here’s the stark reality of Aston Villa playing in the Championship — you’re not going to be able to watch as many Villa games as you did when they played in the Premier League. We estimate you’ll be able to watch 10 Villa games live in the US this season.
The realities of the situation is that one, most of the Aston Villa games won’t be shown live on television anywhere in the world (the Championship isn’t as popular as the Premier League). Two, for the matches that are televised live, Aston Villa’s Championship matches will be competing against matches from other leagues including the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and elsewhere, so even if Villa is being televised, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find the match on TV but you may be able to see it on beIN SPORTS Connect (more about that later).
Thankfully, we’ll provide you with all of the tips you need to watch as many Villa games that are televised.
Tip 1 — Subscribe to a TV or streaming network that carries beIN SPORTS
beIN SPORTS is the exclusive rights-holder to the Championship in the United States. No other network can legally show the games on US soil, so your first step should be to do everything you can to get beIN SPORTS today. There are two main ways to get beIN SPORTS. Either you can subscribe to the channel on TV via DirecTV or DISH or your local cable provider, or you can subscribe to the channel via streaming providers such as fuboTV and Sling TV. Both streaming services offer free trials so you can kick the tires to see which one you like best.
On a typical week in the Championship season, you can expect beIN SPORTS to televise 3 live Championship matches per weekend. Whether one of them will feature Aston Villa is a crap shoot, but it’s likely that Aston Villa will be featured more often than other Championship clubs due to the popularity of the Villa Park club.