Middlesbrough vs Chelsea live score, result, updates, highlights & lineups from Carabao Cup semifinal first leg

Chelsea fans make the 500-mile round trip to Middlesbrough this evening as the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal gets underway at the Riverside Stadium.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side breezed past Preston North End in the FA Cup Third Round with a 4-0 win at the weekend and will be hoping to carry that domestic-cup confidence to the north east of England.

Michael Carrick, the former Manchester United midfielder and now Middlesbrough manager, set up his side to frustrate and make life difficult for Aston Villa at the weekend but were ultimately knocked out after a deflected late Matty Cash goal.

For Boro, it’s their first League Cup semifinal since the 2003/04 campaign, where they eventually went on to win the competition after beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 in the final. What does tonight have in store?

The Sporting News is following the match live and providing score updates, commentary.

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Middlesbrough vs Chelsea live score

  First half Goalscorers

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea live updates, highlights from Carabao Cup semifinal

8th minute: Penalty shout for Boro! A ball comes into the box and it hits Fernandez’s arm but he had his arms tucked in. A reminder that there’s no VAR this evening. 

5th minute: Lath appears to have picked up an injury from that early chance and is forced off. Make that 13 current first-team injuries for Boro.

2nd minute: Huge chance for Emmanuel Lath but he scuffs his effort and Petrovic makes an easy save. Boro found themselves in behind with bags of space. 

1st minute: The Boro kick us off and the Riverside is rocking. 

5 mins until kickoff: The warm-ups are complete and kickoff is next…

15 mins until kickoff: The build-up this evening seems to be centred around one man! Pochettino has shared how he plans to use Palmer against Boro: “We will use him like we did against Arsenal in the Premier League. We have good competition up-front and it’s important we have a team that can compete and play.”

30 mins until kickoff: Transfer news coming elsewhere and it’s an interesting one for you Chelsea fans. Timo Werner returns to London, this time on loan and in a Spurs kit. Ange Postecoglou has made his first January transfer signing. 

1 hour until kickoff: The two starting teams have been announced! 

1 hour 30 mins until kickoff: Cole Palmer has been speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the clash this evening and discussed his move to Stamford Bridge where he’s excelled in recent weeks: “My thing was to never leave City, that wasn’t my intention, I wanted to go on loan for a year and come back and be ready for the first team but they said you can’t go on loan, stay or be sold, so then Chelsea rang me, I said I want to go to Chelsea and I’m very happy to be here. I am glad I made the decision to come here.”

2 hours until kickoff: The Riverside should be bouncing for tonight’s clash! Can the underdogs use their home advantage in the first leg?

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea lineups, team news

The prospect of a trip to Wembley for a cup final, if they can get past Chelsea, will almost certainly force Carrick into naming a strong team in this first-leg clash. 

Middlesbrough projected lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): Glover (GK) — Van den Berg, Howson, Fry, Bangura — Engel, Barlaser — Jones, Crooks, Lath — Hackney.

Middlesbrough subs (9): Jones, Clarke, Gilbert, Coburn, O’Brien, Kavanagh, McCabe, Bridge, Bilongo.

Pochettino is still dealing with a lengthy injury list at Chelsea with at least 10 players ruled out through injury for the visitors. Noni Madueke and Conor Gallagher come back into the team with Đorđe Petrović the starting goalkeeper.

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1 right to left): Petrovic (GK) — Gusto, Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill — Enzo, Caicedo — Gallagher, Madueke, Sterling — Palmer.

Chelsea subs (9): Bergstrom, Bettinelli, Gilchrist, Williams, Golding, Mudryk, Broja, Washington.

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this EFL Cup match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming


UK Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football Sky GO, Now TV
Australia beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect
India FanCode

USA: This game is available on ESPN+.

Canada: This game is live streaming exclusively on DAZN.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream EFL Cup matches live and on demand on beIN Sports.

UK: This match is available for live broadcast in the UK via Sky Sports services with streaming available on Sky GO and Now TV.


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