The 2018 World Cup knockout stage begins with quite possibly the most compelling match of the round, as France takes on Argentina Saturday in Kazan.
In the United States, the game is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on both Fox (English broadcast) and Telemundo (Spanish broadcast). If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch the game–and every other World Cup game–live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Fox (live in most markets) and Telemundo are both included in the “Fubo Premier” bundle, which has a channel package that is largely tailored towards international soccer fans and also has World Cup live streams available in 4K. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch any World Cup game live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch the game live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch any World Cup game up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of live TV channels, including both Fox (live in most markets) and Telemundo. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch every World Cup game live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch the game live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials), allowing you to watch any game after it airs.
Fox (but not Telemundo) is included in the “Sling Blue” package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of both, and you can then watch any World Cup game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch a game live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Group play certainly provided some nail-biting tension, especially for Argentina, but now things get really serious. No more draws. No more worrying about goal differential or points. And most importantly, no more advancing without a win.
It’s the knockout stage, and it’s a beautiful thing.
Les Bleus arrive here after going 2-1-0 en route to winning Group C, and while it’s slightly concerning they were only able to score three goals, and just one from open play, they were also extremely strong in defense, conceding just one goal, which came via penalty in their first match against Australia. If the talent they have in attack starts translating to more goals as expected, watch out.
Argentina, meanwhile, finished Group D play as the runner-up after one win, one draw and one ugly 3-0 defeat to Croatia. Credit goes to La Albiceleste for persevering and getting the goal they needed to advance in the 86th minute of their final group-stage match, but for the majority of this tournament, Jorge Sampaoli’s team has been massively underwhelming.
If we’re going off how these teams performed during group play, France would have to be considered the favorite–and the oddsmakers agree, though it’s only by a slight margin.
“We hope so much that next Saturday we will have the chance of beating France,” said Hernan Crespo, who played at three World Cups for Argentina. “It won’t be easy because they are the favourites to win in this situation. They arrive [here] better than us and they have a project behind them. For us it’s totally different. We try to improve step by step. But you never know. I think it’s a big problem for France to meet Argentina.”
Despite how each team has looked thus far in Russia, these are two talented sides with a bevy of bevy of engrossing playmakers who can take over a game. As such, this should be a gripping start to the knockout stage.
The winner advances to the quarterfinals, where they will play either Portugal or Uruguay on Friday, July 6.