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Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough: Championship play-off open match thread

Can’t make the match? Get involved with the comments here as Villa take on Boro

Middlesbrough v Aston Villa - Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:First Leg Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Hey! Enjoy Villa vs Middlesbrough and get involved with your comments below! What are your thoughts on the match?


Hi! We’ve performed a bit of spring cleaning over at 7500 To Holte. With a focus on the community, we’ve implemented this match thread to discuss the game. So, if you’ve got something to say about the match, leave a note here! If you’ve no idea what to say, why not try these prompts on for size:

  • What are your prediction for today’s match?
  • Who is the key to the match for Aston Villa?
  • Nervous?
  • Pulis vs Bruce - who wins in this second-leg?

Look forward to seeing you in the comments, UTV!

TV and Streaming

Location: Villa Park, Birmingham, England

Kick-off time: 19.45 pm UK, 14.45 pm Eastern, 11.45 am Pacific

Weather: DECENT. It’s very nice in Birmingham.

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 broke down the first-leg and previewed the second-leg in the latest podcast!

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.

Reading Material

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

xV: Alex Carson ran through the play-offs in his excellent column

RIP: We’re saying goodbye to former Villan, Jlloyd Samuel who tragically passed away earlier today.