The Carabao Cup final action is now underway on TV channels around the world and a third triumph in-a-row seems to be on the cards for Pep Guardiola's men today. Could Wembley witness an upset for the ages? Read on for our comprehensive Aston Villa vs Man City live stream guide and find out how to watch the Carabo Cup final 2020 wherever you are.
The omens certainly don't seem good for relegation-threatened Villa, who have lost their last three Premier League matches in the run-up to this showdown in London. Their chances look even bleaker when factoring in how much of a boost Manchester City will have following their superb 2-1 win against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday. Plus, City thrashed Villa 6-1 back in January, so the Birmingham side will have to be at their best to stand a chance against the star-studded Sky Blues.
Known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, or the EFL Cup to purists, the final of the 2020 competition takes places under the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium today. The match starts at 4.30pm GMT in the UK. That's 11.30am ET or 8.30am PT in the US, and 3.30am AEDT in Australia on Monday morning.
Villa were disappointing to say the least in their crucial last Premier League outing against Southampton. As a result, Villa boss Dean Smith has rung the changes today, with a number of players dropped - including experienced keeper Pepe Reina, who starts on the bench with Norwegian youngster Ørjan Nyland preferred.
Manchester City go into the match as clear favourites to pick up their first silverware of the season, and will be keen to not be complacent and lose focus following their huge victory in Spain.
With Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling fit and ready to start, the only negative for City coming into the game is the injury sustained by defender Aymeric Laporte in Madrid which will rule him out of Sunday's final.
Below, you can find all your options to watch the Carabao Cup final in the UK and the rest of the world right now - live stream Aston Villa vs Man City the easiest and most reliable way with the help of our guide.
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Live stream Aston Villa vs Man City: watch the Carabao Cup final 2020 from outside your country
Further down the page we have details of catching the Carabao Cup final in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All require some kind of subscription if you want to live stream Man City vs Aston Villa and see who takes home EFL Cup silverware this season.
If you've paid for that subscription but are outside the country this weekend, then you'll soon find your access geo-blocked when you try to watch. To stop feeling like you've wasted your money (and assuming it's within the services Ts&Cs), you could use a VPN (opens in new tab) to watch as if you were back at home.
A Virtual Private Network (or VPN) allows you to change your IP address to a server in another country so that you can watch online as if you were there. What's more, using a VPN also makes you more secure online, as your activity will be encrypted.
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Once you're up and running with your chosen provider, you then simply need to open the app and select the appropriate location - it's super easy to do.
Live stream the Carabao Cup Final: How to watch Aston Villa vs Man City in the UK right now
Sky Sports (opens in new tab) has exclusive live broadcast rights to the Carabao Cup this year. The build-up for Aston Villa vs Man City starts on Sky Sports Football and Main Event from 3.30pm. That means you'll need the Sky Go app for your phone or tablet if you're out and about but still want to tune in to the EFL Cup final.
If you're not a full Sky subscriber (and don't want to be), then you can also consider a Sports Day pass from Now TV (opens in new tab) for £9.99 and watch it on there. Or upgrade to a week or month pass that will get you far better value.
If you're outside the UK for this one, then you'll need to download and use a VPN (opens in new tab), log in to a UK stream and then use your Sky or Now account with that.
How to live stream Villa vs City: watch the 2020 Carabao Cup final in the US
Online subscription service ESPN+ is now picking up more and more momentum - along with a greater range of sports. Among its roster of top class sports competitions, it has exclusive access to the EFL Cup and therefore is your destination for Aston Villa vs Man City.
It only costs $4.99 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.
Today's final is set to kick off in the US at 11.30am ET or 8.30am PT and you can sign up here to get access to it on ESPN+. (opens in new tab)
Live stream Aston Villa vs Man City in Australia
You're looking at a 3.30am AEDT kick-off on Monday morning Down Under. If you do manage it, subscription service beIN Sport 1 (opens in new tab) is showing the Carabao Cup final live.
If you're a Foxtel customer, you can add beIN to your package for an extra fee. No worries if you aren't though as you can also subscribe to beIN as a standalone subscription that can be watched on your laptop, desktop computer or mobile device. That costs $19.99 per month after you've taken advantage of a FREE two week trial.
Live stream the Carabao Cup final in Canada: how to watch for free
DAZN is a streaming service (opens in new tab) available in a select few countries including Canada. Luckily, it has secured streaming rights for Carabao Cup soccer.
You can even watch for free as DAZN offers a 30-day money back option (opens in new tab). You'll have to sign up for the service but if you don't like it you can get your money back within a month of you signing up.
Live stream Aston Villa vs Man City in New Zealand
Just like in Australia, beIN Sport (opens in new tab) has you covered for Carabao Cup football action in New Zealand.
Sky subscribers can add beIN to their package at an additional cost or, like in Australia, you can subscribe to a standalone package that can be watched on laptop, desktop or mobile app. It costs $19.78 per month after you've taken advantage of the FREE two week trial.