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Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa: Lineups, live stream info and how to watch play-offs online

Here’s how you can watch todays game as Villa take on Boro in the play-offs

Bennett Berry


Aston Villa embark on their final away game of the season (technically) with a trip to the Riverside Stadium. Middlesbrough are on the mind and it’s the first left of the Championship play-off semi-final.

There’s almost everything to play for here, but any bad result has a small chance of redemption as the second leg at Villa Park is only a few days away.

How can you watch it? We’ve got the info below.

A big thanks to Bennett Berry for creating all of our match-day images throughout the season. Give him a follow.

Also, please note that as of the 12th of April, Aston Villa matches will no longer be available on mainstream US television. ESPN have launched ESPN +, a subscription service where they will be sticking Championship games. Read more about how that works here. Check the listings below to see if the match is on this service, or AVTV

TV and Streaming

Location: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England

Kick-off time: 17.15 pm UK, 12.15 pm Eastern, 9.15 am Pacific

Weather: It will be mild up north with a potential spot of rain

Open Match Thread: Join in the comments over on our open match thread. Up soon.

Available TV:

USA: No traditional TV in the USA. ESPN + must be used.

UK & Ireland: Sky Sports Main Event. Sky Sports Football.

Australia: BeIn Sports 2

Rest of the World: Other listings are available from

Available video streaming: In Australia you can grab the game on BeIn Sports Connect. In the United States you’ll need to use ESPN + to stream the game. In the UK you can watch the match on Now TV or Sky Go.

Available radio: Talksport, SiriusXM FC, BBC WM 95.6 FM (not online), AVTV (If audio doesn’t work, try using Safari).

Twitter: You can find our live updates @7500toHolte, and we’d also recommend @VillaReport for updates as well.

Holtecast: James and Dani prepared for the first leg with the latest Holtecast, below.

Since it is a televised tie in the UK - this match will NOT feature on AVTV, for an international audience. For future reference on AVTV, here’s all you need to know compiled by Phil Vogel.


Aston Villa will miss Axel Tuanzebe, Jed Steer and Neil Taylor for this first leg.

Reading Material

The Villa Week: Imagine a naked Tony Pulis, staring you down, and headbutting you?

Alex Carson: Adama can hurt Villa on the pitch, and then kindly help them with FFP

Previews: We have a statistical preview with some fancy datavis and a traditional preview.

Aston Villa squad

Middlesbrough squad

Live twitter stream