Bolton vs Aston Villa live stream: how to watch the Carabao Cup second round on TV and online from anywhere, team news

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Bolton have a great opportunity to test themselves against Premier League opposition as the League One outfit face Aston Villa in the second round of the Carabao Cup. It's been a mixed start to the season for Steven Gerrard's Villans and Trotters boss Ian Evatt may fancy a top-flight scalp. Make sure you know how to watch a Bolton vs Aston Villa live stream wherever you are.

Bolton vs Aston Villa live stream

Date: Tuesday, August 23

Kick-off time: 7.45pm BST / 2.45pm ET / 11.45am PT / 4.45am AEST / 6.45am NZST

Venue: University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton

Live streams:  ESPN Plus (US) | DAZN (CA) | Kayo Sports FREE trial (AU)

Watch anywhere: Try ExpressVPN 100% risk-free

The teams are in and Bolton go for a mixture of regulars and squad players in their starting XI. Oladapo Afolayan starts for the Trotters, with Dion Charles and Conor Bradley also in from the off. Ricardo Almeida Santos captains the side.

For Aston Villa, Steven Gerrard goes for a strong XI as he seeks some silverware for the Midlanders. Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins start in a front three alongside Philippe Coutinho, while Douglas Luiz gets a first start of the season in the middle of midfield alongside Boubacar Kamara. Tyrone Mings starts at centre-back, next to Callum Chambers, with Ashley Young at right-back. 

Ten seasons have passed since Bolton's relegation from the Premier League, but the Trotters are on the rise again. Now back in the third tier after being relegated to League Two, Ian Evatt's side lost just three league games from January 11 to the end of last season and have started the new campaign with the same momentum. Though the fell to defeat at the weekend to Sheffield Wednesday, the Trotters stuck five past Salford City in the first round of the EFL Cup and in Oladapo Afolayan have a bright young talent.

Aston Villa's inconsistency remains under Steve Gerrard. A 2-1 victory over Everton in the Gerrard-Lampard derby was sandwiched between limp defeats to Bournemouth on the opening day and Crystal Palace at the weekend. The Villa boss will likely shuffle his pack against Bolton to give minutes to squad players such as Ashley Young and summer signing Ludwig Augustinsson, while Danny Ings is also likely to get a start.

Can the Trotters spring a surprise on Tuesday and book their place in the draw for the third round of the Carabao Cup? Here's how to watch a Bolton vs Aston Villa live stream wherever you are.

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How to watch Bolton vs Aston Villa live stream

Disney Plus bundle

ESPN Plus is the place to watch Carabao Cup soccer in the US, with the streaming service showing every single game from the competition.

ESPN Plus+ monthly plans cost $6.99 a month, while the cost-saving annual subscription is priced at $69.99 a year. 

But for the ultimate value, grab a combined ESPN+, Hulu and Disney Plus bundle for just $13.99 a month, which gets you loads of great entertainment and family-friendly content in addition to all that sports action.

As an exclusively online service, ESPN Plus is available to stream via, iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Oculus Go and Samsung connected TVs. As well as, of course, via a web browser on your computer.

Kick-off for this first round clash is at 2.45pm ET / 11.45am PT on Tuesday.

How to watch Bolton vs Aston Villa from outside your country

We've set out below all the ways you can watch Bolton vs Aston Villa in a number of countries around the world. However, if you're away travelling for work or pleasure, you probably won't be able to tune in like you normally would at home.

That's because of the pesky digital restriction that is geo-blocking, which prevents certain streaming services from being used outside a specific area.

Help is at hand however if you run into this issue with the option of using a VPN to tune to your preferred coverage no matter where you are in the world. 

Use a VPN to stream Bolton vs Aston Villa from anywhere

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Can I watch a Bolton vs Aston Villa live stream in the UK?

Sky Sports has the exclusive rights

Sky Sports has the exclusive rights to show Carabao Cup in the UK. Bolton vs Aston Villa will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports and on Sky Ultra for those lucky enough to have 4k capabilities.

Subscribers also get to watch on the move using the Sky Go app, which is available on nearly all modern phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and consoles. If you want to sign up to Sky Sports, you can check out our dedicated guide to Sky TV deals and packages for today's best prices.

For those without Sky, a better option may be to pick up a Now TV Sky Sports Monthly Pass, which includes all 11 channels. Now sports passes start at £11.99.

If you're stuck outside the UK and want to watch the Carabao Cup coverage like you would at home, you just pick up an ExpressVPN trial for 30 days and follow the instructions above to safely live stream the action. 

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How to watch a Bolton vs Aston Villa live stream in Canada

DAZN is the rights holder for the Carabao Cup

Soccer fans in Canada are some of the luckiest in the world, as DAZN is the rights holder for the Carabao Cup, plus Champions and Europa League action, every NFL game, and much more.

That means you can tune in to just about any match-up you'd care to mention all for just $20 per month and that sounds like a terrific deal to us. You can also subscribe annually for $150 and save $90.

The super slick service is available via a dedicated apps for a wide array of platforms and devices, including iOS and Android, as well as Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, and most modern Smart TVs.

You can sign up and get started straight away by heading to the DAZN website now.

This London derby gets underway at 2.45pm ET / 11.45am PT on Tuesday.

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How to watch Bolton vs Aston Villa in Australia

beIN Sports

You'll need to be a subscriber to beIN Sports to watch Carabao Cup football on TV in Australia.

If you don't have it as part of a pay TV package, you can sign up to beIN Sports as a standalone subscription, costing $19.99 per month or $179.99 for the year after you've taken advantage of a FREE two-week trial.

That said, sports streaming specialist Kayo Sports includes beIN in its package - and it also offers a FREE 14-day Kayo Sports trial

After that, the Basic plan costs just $25 a month and lets you stream on two screens, while Premium is a mere $35 a month for simultaneous viewing on up to three devices. 

Of the two, Kayo Sports Premium represents the best value as it offers multi-screen support - which means you can effectively split the price of a monthly subscription between friends or family and pay less.

Don't forget, you can take your coverage abroad with you as well. For those wanting to watch home coverage of sports from overseas, a good VPN is the solution.

Kick-off Down Under for this match is at 4.45am AEST on Wednesday morning.

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How to watch a Bolton vs Aston Villa live stream in New Zealand

beIN Sports

As with their Aussie neighbours, beIN Sports has exclusive rights to show Carabao Cup football in New Zealand.

Sky subscribers can add beIN to their package at an additional cost of $31.99 per month. 

Remember you can take your favorite sports streaming service with you wherever you go - just use a VPN and follow the instructions above.

Kick off for Kiwis is at 6.45am NZST on Wednesday morning.

Andy Murray
Freelance Writer

Andy Murray is an award-winning sports writer and columnist. A fluent Spanish speaker and former semi-professional footballer, he was senior staff writer of world-leading football magazine FourFourTwo for seven years and continues to write and edit for them, national newspapers, websites and Premier League clubs. He is not a famous tennis player.