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The teams are in and Port Vale have selected a strong side as they seek a semi-final spot. Funso Ojo captains the side, with Ethan Chislett, Alfie Devine and Ben Garrity looking to make attacking inroads. Jesse Debrah and Kofi Balmer will look to keep things tight at the other end. For Middlesbrough, the Carabao Cup's leading marksman Morgan Rogers starts in an XI that mixes regulars with those who need minutes. Jonny Howson skippers Boro, with promising wide forward Emmanuel Latte Lath in from the off and Anfernee Dijksteel offering an overlapping outlet from right-back.
Looking for a Port Vale vs Middlesbrough live stream today? This match is being shown on beIN Sports in Australia, which offers a free trial to new users. If you live in Australia but you're away from home right now you can use a VPN to unblock the stream from anywhere. For full details on how to watch Port Vale vs Middlesbrough where you are today, take a look below.
Port Vale vs Middlesbrough: preview
Through a mixture of big teams resting first-teamers or giving youngsters a go, the Carabao Cup tends to throw up some random teams that go deep in the competition and the quarter-final clash between Port Vale and Middlesbrough is no different. In lower midtable in League One and the Championship respectively, neither side is enjoying a stellar season but a crack at a Premier League side in a marquee cup semi-final is on the line in a fascinating contest.
If last season was supposed to be one of consolation for Port Vale after promotion from the fourth tier in 2021/22, then hopes were high for improvement on last term's 18th-placed finish in League One. Yet after winning five of their first seven league games, Vale went more than two months without a League One win from mid-September to dampen expectations. In the Carabao Cup, though, Andy Crosby's side has shone, albeit with the help of a kind draw. Since beating fellow League One club Fleetwood in the first round, they've beaten three teams (Crewe Alexandra, Sutton and Mansfield) from the division below and are now 90 minutes from a plum semi-final. This is already the furthest Vale have come in this competition, could top scorer Ben Garrity's goals take them into dreamland?
Under former Manchester United and England midfielder Michael Carrick, Middlesbrough has been playing some attractive football in the past couple of season and a run of six straight Championship wins from mid-September raised Teesside hopes of a play-off tilt back to the Premier League after 14 seasons away. Though form has dipped since, not helped by three defeats in a row to begin December, Carabao Cup form has remain. Though three of the 2004 winners' four opponents thus far have all been from the leagues below (Bolton, Bradford and Exeter after Championship side Huddersfield in round one), Carrick and Co. has been drawn away in every game. Though far from a regular in the Championship, 21-year-old forward Morgan Rogers has three Carabao Cup goals this season (finding the net against Bolton, Bradford and Exeter) – no other player has scored more.
Want to tune in to find out who the surprise semi-finalist will be? Of course you do. Here's how to watch a Port Vale vs Middlesbrough live stream online from wherever you are in the world today.
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The Carabao Cup is stuck behind a paywall in most countries, though there is a way to watch Port Vale vs Middlesbrough for free.
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How to watch Port Vale vs Middlesbrough live stream from outside your country
We've set out how you can live stream Port Vale vs Middlesbrough in a number of countries around the world. However, if you're away traveling, you probably won't be able to watch the Carabao Cup 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.
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How to watch Port Vale vs Middlesbrough: live stream in the US without cable
ESPN Plus is showing Port Vale vs Middlesbrough, along with every Carabao Cup game this season. Kick-off set for 3.45pm ET / 12.45pm PT on Tuesday afternoon.
The streaming service also has the rights to the NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA Tour golf, Top Rank boxing and EFL, FA Cup, Bundesliga and La Liga soccer.
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Out of the US and want to watch your home coverage? No worries - just use a VPN as described above.
Port Vale vs Middlesbrough live stream: how to watch online in Canada
Streaming service DAZN is the place to watch Port Vale vs Middlesbrough in Canada, along with every game from this season's Carabao Cup. Kick-off is set for 3.45pm ET / 12.45pm PT on Tuesday.
DAZN costs CA$29.99 a month or $199.99 a year. Away from home? No problem.
Not only do you get every Carabao Cup game, but DAZN is also the exclusive Canadian streaming home of Champions League, Europa League and EFL Championship soccer! It's also got the rights to every single NFL game.
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Can you watch a Port Vale vs Middlesbrough live stream in the UK?
Sky Sports is the place to tune into this season's Carabao Cup action, but Port Vale vs Middlesbrough hasn't been selected for broadcast, meaning you can't watch it live in the UK.
Unless you already subscribe to an overseas streaming service that's showing the game, such as beIN Sports or ESPN Plus.
While geo-blocking will prevent you from accessing your go-to stream like you would at home, getting a VPN service will allow you to digitally alter your location, allowing you to watch your preferred coverage without a hitch.
How to watch Port Vale vs Middlesbrough: live stream in Australia
beIN Sports has the rights to show every Carabao Cup game in Australia. The only catch is that Port Vale vs Middlesbrough is set to kick-off at 6.45am AEDT first thing on Wednesday morning.
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 $14.99 per month or $149.99 per year after you've taken advantage of a FREE 7-day trial.
As well as the Carabao Cup, beIN Sports has the rights to Lige 1, Serie A, Bundesliga and EFL Championship football, Pro14 rugby, and ATP and WTA tennis.
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 will sort you out.
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