The Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream serves up a Carabao Cup semi-final that has the power to make or break each team's season. Hayden Hackney's tidy finish has given Boro a 1-0 advantage for today's decisive second-leg clash at Stamford Bridge — and you can watch it live from anywhere with a VPN.
Chelsea team: Petrovic; Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill, Chilwell; Caicedo, Enzo; Mudryk, Palmer, Sterling; Broja
Subs: Bergstrom, Curd, Badiashile, Gilchrist, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka, Castledine, Madueke, Washington
Middlesbrough team: Glover; Van den Berg, Clarke, Fry, Engel; Barlaser, Howson, Hackney; Rogers, Crooks, Forss
Subs: Jones, Gilbert, Dijksteel, McNair, Coburn, O'Brien, McCabe, Bridge, Bilongo
The last trophy Middlesbrough won was the EFL Cup in 2004, so the run that they're currently on feels more like a surprising skip down Memory Lane than a journey into the unknown. Michael Carrick's team impressed in the first leg, taking the game to their Premier League opponents and targeting Levi Colwill at every opportunity, before battening down the hatches when they went one up.
Not bad when you consider they had 12 players injured, and Emmanuel Latte Lath and Alex Bangura limped off in the opening 20 minutes. For Chelsea it was another chastening night in an ever-expanding line of them, but such is the depth of talent at Mauricio Pochettino's disposal that they remain favorites to overturn the deficit today.
The Blues have won four straight games at home, and Cole Palmer appears to have located his shooting boots since losing them at the Riverside a fortnight ago. You won’t want to miss the Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream, and we’ve got all the details you need to watch the Carabao Cup online and from anywhere down below.
How to watch the Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream wherever you are
As you'll read below, the Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual streaming service?
The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.
Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN, thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long-term.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance, if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to ESPN+ or another service to watch the game.
How to watch the Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream in the U.S.
Soccer fans in the U.S. will be pleased to know that a Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream will be available to watch on ESPN Plus.
ESPN Plus costs $10.99 a month, or you can save a few bucks in the long run by signing up for an annual plan, which costs $109.99 for the year. ESPN Plus is also available bundled with Hulu and Disney Plus, with plans starting at just $14.99 a month (with ads).
Chelsea vs Middlesbrough will be shown on ESPN Plus. The sports-focused streaming service also offers coverage of grand slam tennis, MLB, NHL, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf and cricket.
How to watch the Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream in the U.K.
Sky Sports has the Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream in the U.K., so if you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £18/month to add those channels. The game will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event.
Whichever package you go for, you'll also gain access to coverage in 4K and HDR, so long as you also have a HDR-ready Sky Q box and HLG-compatible TV.
Sky Glass is another option. This gives you Sky TV within a 4K TV that has a built-in Dolby Atmos soundbar, and without the need for a dish. Prices start at £13/month for the TV, plus a Sky sub on top.
If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky subscription, you could also consider its Now Sports streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £11.99 or month-long access for £34.99.
All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K. right now, you can still follow the Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch the Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream in Canada
Canadians can watch the Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream on DAZN.
Unfortunately, DAZN has discontinued its free trial offer, but you can still sign up for the service in order to watch all the action from the Carabao Cup. A DAZN subscription costs $19.99 CAD per month, or $199.99 CAD for the year.
Canadians stuck abroad who still want their low-price alternative can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN to appear as if they're back in the great white north.
How to watch the Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream in Australia
If you want to watch the Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream from Australia, you'll need access to beIN Sports. This can be added to your TV package, or you can sign up for beIN as a separate subscription costing $14.99 per month or $149 per year.
As well as the Carabao Cup, beIN Sports has the rights to Ligue 1, Serie A, Bundesliga and EFL Championship football, Pro14 rugby, and ATP and WTA tennis.
Not in Australia right now? You can simply use ExpressVPN to watch all the action on your travels as if you were back home.
How to watch the Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream in New Zealand
The Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live stream will be shown on beIN Sports — the exclusive rights holder to Carabao Cup soccer in New Zealand. Sky Subscribers can add beIN to their existing package for an additional $31.99 a month.
Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow every game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
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Aatif is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in the UK. He’s written about technology, sport and politics for a wide range of publications including TechRadar, What Hi-Fi?, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, and Newsweek. These days, he focuses mainly on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: live TV and penny-pinching. When he's not attending a top-flight English soccer match, you can find him perfecting his table tennis skills.