Watch Messi and Barcelona live on UK TV for free – Evening Standard

Lionel Messi and Barcelona are coming to free-to-air television in the UK for the first time ever today.

Barcelona have the chance to extend their LaLiga title lead to 10 points after Atletico Madrid’s loss yesterday, and face Real Betis tonight as they bid to keep their treble hopes on track.

Up until now, UK fans wanting to see Barca in LaLiga action would have had to subscribe to paid sports channels – but ITV’s recent deal changes all that.

LaLiga and ITV reached an agreement back in February to show one match per week on free-to-air television in the UK.

Up until then, this season’s games were only available via Eleven Sports’ web and mobile application.

But this weekend, Barcelona fans based in the UK will be able to watch the Blaugrana for absolutely free on St Patrick’s Day.

How to watch Barcelona this weekend

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Real Betis vs Barcelona kicks off at 7:45pm GMT tonight, and ITV4‘s pre-match coverage will begin at 7:30pm.

Eleven Sports and Premier Sports will also be offering live coverage of the match, as well as other LaLiga games throughout the weekend.

Premier Sports, available on Sky and Virgin platforms, will televise four fixtures per matchday.

Meanwhile, Eleven Sports will continue their coverage via their app and remains the only place in the UK to watch all 10 matches per weekend.