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Wales v Austria live stream: How to watch World Cup play-offs from anywhere in the world

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Wales v Austria live stream, Thursday 24 March, 7.45pm GMT

Wales and Austria will go head-to-head on Thursday for a place in the final of the World Cup qualification play-offs.

Wales are two wins away from qualifying for their first World Cup since 1958 and only their second overall. Rob Page’s side edged out Czech Republic in the battle for a top-two finish in Group E, with Belgium qualifying comfortably in first place. A 1-1 draw with the Red Devils in their final encounter proved decisive, with Wales finishing just a point clear of the Czechs in second.

This looks like an evenly matched tie, but Wales will hope that home advantage plays into their hands. Austria should not be underestimated, though. Like their upcoming opponents, they reached the last 16 of Euro 2020 last summer, and gave Italy a major scare at Wembley.

Austria qualified for the play-offs despite finishing fourth in Group F, behind Denmark, Scotland and Israel. A strong Nations League showing – Austria won their group in 2020/21 – gave Franco Foda’s side a second chance at making it to Qatar.

Gareth Bale was not included in the Real Madrid (opens in new tab) squad for Sunday’s defeat by Barcelona, with Carlo Ancelotti claiming afterwards that the forward was ill. Whether or not that is accurate, Page will hope to have his star player available to start on Thursday, although his and Aaron Ramsey’s lack of minutes this season is cause for concern.

Danny Ward will miss out through injury, so Wayne Hennessey looks set to get the nod between the sticks. James Lawrence, Kieffer Moore and Tyler Roberts are also unavailable for selection.

Austria will be unable to call upon the services of Julian Baumgartlinger, Christopher Trimmel, Alexander Schlager, Philipp Lienhart, Florian Grillitsch and Dejan Ljubicicau. Andreas Weimann has been included in the squad for the first time in seven years.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm GMT on Thursday 24 March, and UK viewers can watch it on Sky Sports Main Event (opens in new tab). See below for international broadcast options.

VPN guide

Use a VPN to watch World Cup qualifiers from outside your country

If you’re out of the country for a round of fixtures, then annoyingly your domestic on-demand services won’t work – the broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address (boo!). You'll be blocked from watching it, which is not ideal if you’ve paid up for a subscription and still want to catch Steve Bruce’s extra-red face without resorting to illegal feeds you’ve found on Reddit.

But assistance is on hand. To get around that, all you have to do is get a Virtual Private Network (VPN), assuming it complies with your broadcaster’s T&Cs. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and t'internet, meaning the service can’t work out where you are and won't automatically block the service you've paid for. All the info going between is entirely encrypted – and that's a result.

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Sky Sports (opens in new tab) and BT Sport (opens in new tab) are the two main players once again, but Amazon (opens in new tab) also have a slice of the pie in 2021/22. 

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NBC Sports Group are the Premier League rights holders, with the Peacock Premium (opens in new tab) streaming platform showing even more than the 175 games it aired last season, with other matches split between NBCSN channel, CNBC and the over-the-air NBC broadcast channel. If you pick up a fuboTV subscription (opens in new tab) for the games not on Peacock Premium, you'll be able to watch every game.

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DAZN (opens in new tab) subscribers can watch every single Premier League game in 2021/22 – and it gets better. After a one-month free trial, you'll only have to pay a rolling $20-a-month fee, or make it an annual subscription of $150.

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It's also available via web browsers, Apple/Android devices, Google Chromecast and some Samsung TVs, and Apple TV and Smart TV compatibility new for this season.

Check out our VPN deals to watch when you’re not in New Zealand.

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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).