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Coventry vs Middlesbrough live stream

You can watch Coventry vs Middlesbrough in the 2023 EFL Championship playoffs on Sky Sports or Now in the UK today. Fans in the States can watch on ESPN Plus for $9.99 per month. Full details on how to watch Coventry vs Middlesbrough just below.

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Kick-off: Sunday, May 14, 12pm BST / 7am ET / 4am PT / 4.30pm IST / 9pm AEST
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Coventry vs Middlesbrough preview

Both Coventry and Middlesbrough were relegation contenders in the early stages of the season, so it's utterly extraordinary that they're now playing for a shot at promotion to the Premier League.

When Michael Carrick took the Middlesbrough reins in October, staying up was the club's only realistic objective. Not only has he made a mockery of that, but he's completely revolutionised Boro's playing style, turning one of the league's most agricultural teams into a marauding, forward-thinking, bright red delight.

However, they come into the playoffs off the back of their worst patch of form since Carrick took over. They've won just two of their past eight games and their league campaign fizzled out with two defeats and a draw, the latter coming against Coventry on Monday.

Carrick and Coventry manager Mark Robins have each decided to stick with the same XIs that played out that 1-1 draw, which means Ryan Giles is fit to start for Middlesbrough. The diminutive wing-back has racked up 11 assists from the left flank, and will be looking to feed Cameron Archer and Chuba Akpom at every opportunity. 

Matt Godden partners Viktor Gyökeres up front for Coventry, with Gustavo Hamer pulling the strings from midfield. Kyle McFadzean anchors a three-man backline, with Luke McNally on the right and Callum Doyle on the left.

The Sky Blues are living proof that the Championship is one of the toughest leagues to drag yourself out of. When they fell through the trapdoor in 2001, back when the Championship was still called Division One, not even the most pessimistic fan could have imagined that the club would go on to lose their home, slip down to League Two, and come within a whisker of complete extinction.

Whether they go up or not, the turnaround that Robins has inspired will surely go down as one of the great managerial achievements. Coventry, who finished 5th in the league, enter the playoffs on a seven-game unbeaten run, and full of belief having not lost to any of the other promotion candidates this season. In Gyökeres, they also have one of the most lethal forwards in the division. 

The only player to have outscored him in the Championship this season? That would be Middlesbrough's Akpom. To say that the former Arsenal man's form has taken everybody by surprise would be an understatement. Prior to this season, his most prolific campaign had yielded 10 goals – he's now on 29 goals and counting.

This promises to be a corker. Follow our guide to get a Coventry vs Middlesbrough live stream and watch the EFL Championship playoff semi-final first leg online from anywhere today.

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How to watch Coventry vs Middlesbrough: live stream in the US without cable


ESPN has the rights to EFL Championship soccer in the US, and will be showing Coventry vs Middlesbrough along with every remaining game of the 2022/23 playoffs live on its ESPN Plus streaming service.

Brace yourself for an early start though, as Coventry vs Middlesbrough kicks off at 7am ET / 4am PT first thing on Sunday morning.

ESPN+ is only $9.99 per month and allows you to watch online, as well as via its mobile app and TV streamer apps on the likes of Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PS4 and Xbox. You'll save even more if you pay for a year in advance - that costs $99.99 for 12 months.

But there's even better value to be had if you grab ESPN+ as part of the big Disney Plus Bundle. As well as ESPN Plus live sports coverage, you'll get access to the hugely impressive Disney Plus catalog, featuring content from Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and more - plus all the great shows and movies that Hulu offers.

And the cost is super reasonable - you'll only pay $12.99 a month for the Disney Plus bundle (with ads).

How to watch Coventry vs Middlesbrough from outside your country

We've set out how you can live stream Coventry vs Middlesbrough in a number of countries around the world. However, if you're away travelling for pleasure or for work, you probably won't be able to watch the game like you normally would at home. This is the result of geo-blocking – best understood as digital borders that restrict certain services and content to specific parts of the world.

The best VPN can let you get around these digital borders, while also offering robust protection from cybercriminals and government snooping. VPNs are also really easy to use.

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How to watch a Coventry vs Middlesbrough live stream in the UK

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Coventry vs Middlesbrough is being shown exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK, via the network's Main Event and Football channels. Coverage starts at 11.30am BST, ahead of a 12pm kick-off.

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.

Don't fancy being locked in to a long, expensive contract? Consider the more flexible streaming option, Now, (formerly Now TV). Now sports passes start at £11.99.

Meanwhile, Sky customers with a Sky Sports subscription can also live stream EFL and Premier League games on the go on mobile devices via the Sky Go streaming service, which has dedicated apps for iOS, iPadOS and Android devices, along with Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

Those outside the UK wanting to watch Coventry vs Middlesbrough coverage like they would at home can 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 Coventry vs Middlesbrough: live stream in Australia


beIN Sports has the rights to show EFL Championship football in Australia, with Coventry vs Middlesbrough set to kick-off at 9pm AEST on Sunday evening.

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

As well as the Championship, beIN Sport has the rights to Lige 1, Serie A and Bundesliga football.

Sports streaming service Kayo Sports also includes beIN Sports in its package, and is an ideal option for those who don't want the commitment of a lengthy (and pricey) contract.

Kayo lets you stream on one device with its $25 per month One plan, two devices with its $30 per month Basic plan, and three devices with its $35 Premium plan. All of them come with a FREE 7-day trial.

Kayo also gives you access to over 50 other sports including the NBA, NHL, F1, cricket, NRL... the list goes on! 

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 all you need.

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Coventry vs Middlesbrough live stream: how to watch EFL Championship soccer in Canada


DAZN is the place to watch Coventry vs Middlesbrough in Canada, along with every remaining game of the EFL season.

Just be warned that kick-off is set for 7am ET / 4am PT early on Sunday morning.

DAZN costs just CA$24.99 a month or $199.99 a year, which is a bargain seeing as it's also the exclusive Canadian streaming home of Champions League and Europa League soccer!

It also comes with support for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, PS4, and laptop/PC streaming (including Mac devices). 

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How to watch Coventry vs Middlesbrough: live stream in New Zealand


Footie fans can watch Coventry vs Middlesbrough on Sky Sport in New Zealand, with kick-off set for 11pm NZST late on Sunday night.

Sky Sport subscribers can also tune in online using the country's Sky Go service.

If you don't have Sky Sport on cable, every single EFL and Premier League fixture is being shown live via the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform. A Sky Sport Now subscription costs $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month. The monthly package comes with a 7-day free trial.

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Coventry vs Middlesbrough: live stream EFL Championship in India


Football fans in India can watch Coventry vs Middlesbrough live via premium sports platform Fancode.

Kick-off is set for 4.30pm IST on Sunday afternoon.

Fancode can be accessed exclusively through the service's dedicated iOS and Android apps. A monthly subscription costs Rs 99, or you can sign up for a year for Rs 499.

Remember to use a VPN if you're trying to access your subscription while outside the country.

Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.