After what has been a topsy-turvy week for football fans, it will be a relief to just concentrate on a big game this weekend. And they don’t come much bigger than a cup final.
This season’s Carabao Cup Final sees Manchester City take on Tottenham Hotspur for the first domestic trophy of the season. And both sides will have 2,000 lucky fans in the ground to watch.
If you are not one of the chosen few, in this guide, we will show you how to watch the whole game for free, no matter where in the world you are.
It will only take you a few minutes and then you can sit back, relax, crack open a beer, and forget about the European Super League and VAR – for 90 minutes at least.
How to live stream the Carabao Cup
The Carabao Cup Final is being shown on pay-per-view in many countries around the world. But not everywhere.
In Russia, it is being shown on the free-to-air MatchTV network. This is only available to viewers in Russia, but by using a VPN app with Russian servers, you will have no trouble watching in any country, completely free.
There are lots of VPN apps out there but Surfshark is one of the premium providers that still offers Russian connections.
So, to watch Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup Final this weekend for free, all you have to do is follow these few simple steps:
- Visit the Surfshark VPN website by clicking a link on this page and sign up for one of their packages.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete payment.
- Once your subscription is complete, download the Surfshark VPN app to your preferred device.
- Open the app and log in using the details provided at the end of step 2.
- Select Russia from the country list and tap Connect.
- Once you are connected to this server, head over to the MatchTV website and enjoy the game.
If you have any problems, try a different Russian server. It should take more than a couple of tries to get things working. If you still have issues, Surfshark’s excellent customer support team will be able to help.
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Manchester City are streets ahead of everyone in the Premier League and were being tipped for an unprecedented quadruple until last weekend, when they were unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup in their semi-final at Wembley against Chelsea.
They will be hoping to put that defeat behind them in this game and confidence will still be high following a mid-week victory against Aston Villa.
They defeated arch-rivals Manchester United in the semi-final thanks to goals from John Stones and Fernandinho in a 2-0 victory.
Manager Pep Guardiola is expected to retain US goalie Zech Steffen but with such a huge and expensively assembled squad to choose from, they will have quality players all over the park.
Spurs preparations for the final have been hit by the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho just days before the game. 29 year old Ryan Mason has stepped in until the end of the season and got off to the best possible start with a 2-1 win against Southampton midweek.
Tottenham dispatched Championship side Brentford in the semi-finals and will be hoping to claim their first trophy since 2008.
When is the Carabao Cup Final being played?
The 2021 Carabao Cup Final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will take place on Sunday 25th April at 4.30 PM BST.
It has been rescheduled from 28th February because of the COVID-19 lockdown that the whole UK was under at that time.
If you are living in a different time zone, do check the difference carefully to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.
Where is the Carabao Cup Final being played?
As with all English domestic cup finals, the 2021 Carabao Cup Final will be played at Wembley Stadium in London.
As part of a trial to let people back into major sporting events, there will be 8,000 fans allowed into the ground. That will consist of 2,000 from each team plus 4,000 local people and key workers.
What’s at stake?
A trophy first and foremost, but for Manchester City the chance to make up for their FA Cup semi-final defeat and to keep their hopes of a treble of Premier League, Champions League, and Carabao Cup alive.
For Tottenham, this final represents the chance for a first piece of major silverware in 13 years and only a second trophy of the millennium. After being starved of success for so long, the prospect of any tournament win will mean everything for their fans.
Who’s likely to win?
Manchester City will be big favourites thanks to their imperious league form. But their FA Cup semi-final defeat and the prospect of a changed starting line-up will give Tottenham hope of causing an upset.
The Carabao Cup Final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur is the first domestic final of the season and a huge game for both teams.
With just 8,000 fans allowed in the group, watching on TV or online is the only option for most. With the game on pay-per-view, we have explained how you can watch for free in your country on Match TV using a VPN.
Just sign up with Surfshark and follow our simple step-by-step guide. It will take a few minutes and then you can enjoy the game. May the best team win.