Group C play at the 2018 World Cup begins Saturday, as France and Australia meet inside Kazan Arena.
In the United States, the game is scheduled to start at 6 a.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports 1 (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:
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of live TV channels, including both Fox Sports 1 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 Sports 1 and Telemundo are both included in the “Fubo Premier” bundle, which has a channel package that is largely tailored towards international soccer fans. 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.
Fox Sports 1 (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.
Twenty years removed from their triumph at the 1998 World Cup, France is a serious threat to return home from Russia with the country’s second title. They have an embarrassment of riches in the attack with players like Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe to name a few, and they showed what they can do on a big stage when they finished second at Euro 2016 (though it’s worth noting they hosted that tournament).
That said, this team can still run hot and cold, and we saw that as recently as last week then drew against a young United States team a home. Of the main four or five contenders, France probably has the most question marks, and as such, a good start to the tournament will be important.
Australia will be hoping to prevent that, but the Socceroos undoubtedly enter this one as big underdogs. While they picked up a pair of nice wins over Czech Republic and Hungary in their early-June warm-ups, the gap in talent will be evident in this one. Holding on for a draw would be a massive coup for Bert van Marwijk’s squad, but it’s likely Australia will need results against Denmark or Peru if they’re going avoid a repeat of 2014 when they lost all three matches.
Still, while this one could be a lopsided affair, it should help provide some answers about how France will line up. And if nothing else, it’s worth watching simply to see the impressive collection of young talent on Didier Deschamps’ side.