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Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

09:26 BST 15/05/2018
Mile Jedinak Aston Villa 2017-18
Steve Bruce's side come into this game with a goal advantage but the visitors are not out of it yet

The participants in the Championship play-off final will be decided on Tuesday when Middlesbrough travel to Aston Villa, with a Wembley date against Fulham up for grabs.

Chances were few and far between in the first leg, with Mile Jedinak's header for Villa being the only thing that separated the two sides.

Boro were arguably the better team at the Riverside, though, with more possession and more shots on goal, and will hope to turn that into a positive result at Villa Park. 

Game Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough
Date Tuesday, May 15
Time 7:45 BST | 2:45 ET

TV Channel, Live Stream & How to Watch


In the United States (US), the game can be watched on ESPN+.

US TV channel Online stream
ESPN+ n/a

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Football and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go.

UK TV channel Online stream
Sky Sports Football Sky Go

Squads & Team News


Position Aston Villa Players
Goalkeepers Johnstone, Bunn, Steer
Defenders Terry, Taylor, Chester, Samba, Hutton, Elmohamady, Tuanzebe, Bree, Richards
Midfielders Whelan, Snodgrass, Hourihane, Jedinak, Onomah, Green, Bjarnason, Adomah
Forwards Kodjia, McCormack, Davis, Grabban, O'Hare, Agbonlahor, Hogan

Neil Taylor suffered a hamstring injury against Derby County at the end of April and won't play in this tie, while Ahmed Elmohamady is a doubt after suffering an injury in the first leg.

Meanwhile, Jed Steer (shoulder) and Axel Tuanzebe (foot) are going to miss this match.

Predicted Aston Villa starting XI:  Johnstone; Elmohamady, Chester, Terry, Hutton, Whelan, Snodgrass, Grealish, Hourihane, Adomah, Grabban.

Position Middlesbrough Players
Goalkeepers Konstantopoulos, Randolph, Mejias
Defenders Fabio, Friend, Ayala, Shotton, Gibson, Fry, Cranie
Midfielders Leadbitter, Besic, Baker, Harrison, Howson, Downing, Clayton
Forwards Bamford, Traore, Assombalonga, Gestede

Daniel Ayala went off injured with a knee problem in the first leg leaving him a doubt for the second leg.

Other than that, Boro should have a fully-fit squad apart from Rudy Gestede, who has been out with a broken ankle since February.

Predicted Middlesbrough starting XI:  Randolph; Shotton, Fry, Gibson, Friend; Clayton, Traore, Besic, Howson, Downing, Assombalonga.


Betting & Match Odds


Aston Villa are fancied to hold on to their advantage and are 5/4 to win at home. Middlesbrough are 23/10 to win and a draw is priced at 21/10.

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Match Preview


This game is set to be a showcase of both clubs' strongest attributes, with Villa's defensive expertise and experience likely to be crucial as they try to hold onto their slender advantage.

The explosiveness and power of the likes of Boro's Adama Traore and Britt Assombalonga will make for a great match-up with the Villa backline.

Middlesbrough may need to strike early for the game to open up as Villa would be more than happy to keep things tight.

Boro boss Tony Pulis feels that his side do not deserve to be going into the second leg a goal down 

"We've got to go to Villa Park and a full house. But it's still all to play for," said Pulis. "I don't think anybody could say we deserved to lose the game."

Steve Bruce believes that his experienced players can carry Villa over the line on their way to Wembley and a showdown with Fulham.

The Villa boss said: "I brought experienced players in the door to handle what Villa throws at them, they all handle playing under pressure on a big night."