How to live stream Middlesbrough vs Chelsea online and watch FA Cup football from anywhere

Can Boro pick off another big name as they welcome the Blues to the Riverside? Find out how you can live stream Middlesbrough vs Chelsea online today from anywhere

General view of inside Riverside Stadium in Middlesborough
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Giant killers Middlesbrough will be aiming for another high-profile scalp this afternoon, as they take on Premier League crisis club Chelsea in this tasty-looking FA Cup quarter-final. Read on for your full guide to getting an Middlesbrough vs Chelsea live stream and watch FA Cup football from anywhere. 

Championship side Boro have already knocked out big guns Man United and Tottenham on their way to this last eight clash and will have extra special home advantage over the Blues today.

Matters off the field have so far failed to knock Thomas Tuchel's side off their stride, but could the current turmoil contribute to an FA Cup shock this afternoon?

We've got all the info on how to live stream Middlesbrough vs Chelsea online no matter where you are in the world. And if you're abroad right now and unable to access your preferred domestic broadcaster, you can always use a VPN to bypass those geo-restrictions (opens in new tab).

What time is the Middlesbrough vs Chelsea live stream kick-off?

This FA Cup quarter-final clash between Middlesbrough vs Chelsea takes place at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough on Saturday, March 19.

The match is set to kick-off at 5.15pm GMT local time, with coverage in the UK starting on BBC One at 4.50pm GMT. Around the globe, it's an 1.15pm ET / 10.15am PT / 4.15am AEDT kick-off.

How to live stream Middlesbrough vs Chelsea online in the UK for free

In the UK, this year's FA live broadcasts are being split between the BBC and ITV.

You can live stream Middlesbrough vs Chelsea on BBC One, with rugby fans able to catch the game coverage from 4.50pm GMT, with kick-off at 5.15pm GMT.

BBC One is free-to-air and you can watch online with its on-demand platform, iPlayer (opens in new tab). This means you can live stream Middlesbrough vs Chelsea on a number of devices including:

  • Desktop: Windows, Mac
  • Mobiles: iOS, Android
  • Streaming devices: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Now TV
  • Consoles: Xbox One, Xbox One S, Nvidia Shield
  • Smart TVs: Samsung TV (2012 and later), FreeSat, YouView (BT, Talk Talk, Sony), Freeview Play, Virgin V6 Box

How to live stream Middlesbrough vs Chelsea if you're abroad

If you're out of the country for this weekend's  FA Cup action, you can still get access to a live stream - simply use the best VPN around to avoid geo-restrictions. 

With most domestic broadcasters locking streaming services to their country, you may hit a wall when it comes to accessing the likes of BBC iPlayer, ESPN Plus and SportsNet when you're overseas. However, by getting yourself a handy streaming VPN, you can hop onto a server within the US or UK (or anywhere else, depending on where your streaming provider is geo-restricted to), and this will switch your IP address to make it appear as if you're browsing right from the comfort of your own home.


ExpressVPN is our pick of VPN providers (opens in new tab) - With its consistent high speeds, and wealth of security features, alongside its ability to unlock geo-restricted content, you can live stream this weekend's FA Cup fixtures with ExpressVPN.

Better still, it offers new customers a 30-day money back guarantee (opens in new tab), allowing you to give it a go and find out if it's actually the service for you before you well and truly part with your hard-earned cash. Better still, right now you can save 49% and receive an additional 3 months with your plan for free.

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How to live stream Middlesbrough vs Chelsea FA Cup Quarter-Final online in the US

Streaming service ESPN Plus has exclusive rights to show a massive 79 live matches during this year's competition in the the US, including today's game at the Riverside, with kick-off for this game set for 1.15pm ET / 10.15am PT Stateside. 

ESPN Plus will set you back just $6.99 per month and allows you to watch online as well as via its suite of apps for mobile, TV , games consoles and more.

If you're already a ESPN Plus subscriber, but you're abroad right now, don't forget that you can still tune in like you're at home with the help of a good VPN (opens in new tab).

Emirates FA Cup trophy

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How to live stream Middlesbrough vs Chelsea FA Cup Football anywhere else in the world

No matter which corner of the world you're tuning in from, there's an FA quarter-final live stream for you. 

Pay-TV network Sportsnet (opens in new tab) has got footy fans in Canada covered. Sportsnet is available on most Canadian cable packages. Customers will be able to head over to Sportsnet Now and pick up a Middlesbrough vs Chelsea live stream. Kick-off is at 1.15pm ET / 10.15am PT kick-off.

For those willing to stay up very late Down Under, the great news is that free-to-air channel Channel 10 has the rights to show this FA Cup clash in Australia. That means you'll be able to watch this game online via the network's streaming service 10Play (opens in new tab) without paying a cent. Kick-off is set for 4.15am AEDT on Sunday morning.

New Zealanders can live stream select FA Cup matches via pay TV platform Sky Sport (opens in new tab), including this big game. If you're a subscriber you can watch online using the country's Sky Go service (opens in new tab), while cord-cutters and anyone else can try the Sky Sport Now (opens in new tab) streaming-only platform - where a weekly pass costs just $19.99. Kick-off for Middlesbrough vs Liverpool is at 6.15am NZDT on Sunday morning.

How to use a VPN to unblock any restrictions

If you're outside of your preferred broadcaster's boundaries, you can use a VPN to unblock any geo-restrictions and live stream Middlesbrough vs Chelsea as if you were right at home. Here's our step-by-step guide on how to do just that.

  • VPN - standing for virtual private network - offers security and anonymity as you browse online, using set protocols to encrypt your data and make it unreadable to outsiders.
  • As a part of that, you can also switch your IP address, which identifies your location.
  • Most VPNs offer a list of locations where its servers are based to join. Connecting to them switches your IP to appear as if you're browsing from that country/city. In turn, you can then access content locked to that country.
  • When it comes to finding a VPN, you should make sure you find the best one that's suitable for your chosen device, with VPN providers offering compatibility for a ton of devices, as well as nifty free VPNs.
  • Once you've made the decision for the most suitable VPN for your device and your means for using a VPN, sign-up and install it
  • To live stream Middlesbrough vs Chelsea, all you need to do is select the right server from its list of available servers and connect. You'll then be able to hop over those geo-restrictions, with your broadcaster of choice opening its online gates to you.
  • We also want to ensure your money is well spent, so we would recommend going for a VPN that offers a risk free trial. ExpressVPN is one of many providers that has a 30-day money back guarantee (opens in new tab).

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