France vs Argentina: Live Stream, TV Info for World Cup 2018,Team News
France and Argentina will kick off the knockout stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday, when two of the favourites for the title meet in Kazan, Russia.
Les Bleus went unbeaten in Group C, while La Albiceleste narrowly escaped from Group D.
Neither side has played up to its full potential, but France have been the better team.
Here’s a look ahead at the contest:
Date: Saturday, June 30
Time: 5 p.m. local time/3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET
Venue: Kazan Arena, Kazan
According to WhoScored.com, Samuel Umtiti is the only doubt on the French side, but he’s expected to be fit in time for the match.
Hugo Lloris, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba are all likely to return to the starting XI after the side was rotated against Denmark.
Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso are one booking shy of a suspension if France reach the quarter-finals.
Argentina have no injury issues or suspensions, but Ever Banega, Gabriel Mercado, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, Marcos Acuna and Nicolas Otamendi are all one booking away from missing the next match.
Which Version of France Will Show Up?
Les Bleus arguably have more talent than any team in the tournament, with elite players in just about every position.
A midfield of Pogba and N’Golo Kante has the potential to dominate any side they face, and up front, they can afford to leave the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Thomas Lemar on the bench―they are that stacked.
However, manager Didier Deschamps can’t settle on a starting XI or even a formation, and he hasn’t stopped tinkering throughout the tournament. He has even used Matuidi―a holding midfielder―as a left-winger, and he is expected to do so again in the match against Argentina.
It’s fair to say he isn’t making any new fans with his approach:
Argentina have had similar issues but did appear to stumble on a system that works in their last outing, with Banega bringing some much-needed stability to the midfield in the win over Nigeria on Tuesday.
Gonzalo Higuain’s inclusion also gave the Super Eagles’ defence something to think about, but he failed to take his chances and could be replaced by Sergio Aguero.
The South Americans have glaring holes on the defensive side of the pitch, and cohesion remains a major issue as well. If France play up to their full potential, they should beat Argentina―but under Deschamps, Les Bleus have fallen short of that level too often.
Against Peru, Australia and Denmark, France could get away with that. But Argentina have enough attacking talent to punish even the smallest mistake, and after their close call against Nigeria, there’s finally some positivity surrounding the side.
Prediction: France come out flat again, but this time they run into a side capable of punishing them for it. France 0-1 Argentina.
France vs Argentina LIVE World Cup 2018: Prediction, how to watch online, what time, what channel, team news, betting odds, Lionel Messi latest
After narrowly making it through to the knockout stage of the competition, a struggling Argentine side will now face its toughest opponent yet in the form of Didier Deschamp’s France.
The French failed to convince in their opening games but finished top of Group C regardless. The side have only conceded one goal this World Cup which came in the form of a Mile Jedniak penalty. France’s strong defensive efforts have served them well in the competition so far, though their failure to score against Denmark will have raised cause for concern.
Argentina, on the other hand, have endured a terrible opening to the World Cup and at point looked destined for a shock exit. However, a late Marcos Rojo goal clinched victory for the South Americans against Nigeria, booking their place in the last-16 for the fourth World Cup in a row.
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What time is it?
France vs Argentina kicks off at 15:00 at the Kazan Arena.
Where can I watch it?
Live coverage will be broadcast on BBC 1.
If Argentina continue to struggle then this should be a fairly easy game for the French national side. France’s strong defensive play will allow their offence to focus on picking apart the weak Argentine backline.
World Cup 2018: BBC to show France v Argentina in last 16
France versus Argentina will be one of four World Cup last-16 matches shown live on the BBC.
Lionel Messi and his team-mates will take on Didier Deschamps’ side in Kazan at 15:00 BST on Saturday.
The BBC will also show hosts Russia against Spain on Sunday, Belgium’s match against Japan on Monday and Sweden v Switzerland on Tuesday.
England’s match against Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday will be live on ITV, with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.
Argentina almost went out in the group stage and needed a late winner from Marcos Rojo to beat Nigeria 2-1 in their final Group D game to finish as runners-up.
Messi, who is playing at his fourth World Cup, is seeking to win the trophy for the first time, after Argentina lost to Germany in the final in Brazil four years ago.
The BBC and ITV are, between them, showing all 64 matches live at the World Cup.
All 33 games from the BBC – including the final in Moscow – will also be available via the BBC Sport VR 2018 FIFA World Cup app.
Users will be able to watch the action direct from the stadium in a fully immersive environment – as if they were actually watching from inside the stadium in their own hospitality box.
Users can also watch BBC TV games in virtual reality with commentary from Match of the Day and follow a live stats dashboard with real-time match information.
There will also be build-up to every live game, match highlights in VR and feature content in 360-degree video.
Live TV World Cup games – the last-16 split (all times BST)
- Saturday 15:00: France v Argentina – BBC
- Saturday 19:00: Uruguay v Portugal – ITV
- Sunday 15:00: Spain v Russia – BBC
- Sunday 19:00: Croatia v Denmark – ITV
- Monday 15:00: Brazil v Mexico – ITV
- Monday 19:00: Belgium v Japan – BBC
- Tuesday 15:00: Sweden v Switzerland – BBC
- Tuesday 19:00: England v Colombia – ITV
Argentina vs. France World Cup live stream info, channel: How to watch Russia 2018 on TV, online
The 2018 World Cup’s round of 16 begins on Saturday, and it kicks off with a huge clash. It’s Argentina vs. France in Kazan with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line. It’s Lionel Messi and company against Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and a talented French team.
The South Americans enter this match with confidence after finally getting a win. They opened with a draw to Iceland and a loss to Croatia, but a late Marcos Rojo goal against Nigeria gave them the win that secured second place in Group D. As for the French, they won Group C with two wins and a draw but haven’t been all that impressive either. They struggled to beat Australia and won on an own goal, they beat Peru 1-0 but were outplayed, and they took it easy against Denmark in the last match for a 0-0 draw that benefited both.
France will likely go with Olivier Giroud in attack to have a target man, but don’t be surprised if they instead opt for more speed in the final third. As for Argentina, who knows what we’ll see from them. The expectation is a back four, but the big question is whether Cristian Pavon will get his first start in the tournament after impressing during all of his group stage appearances in Russia.
When it comes to the history of these two teams, they have met twice in the past at the World Cup, both wins for Argentina, with three goals for the South Americans and one of the Europeans. A 1-0 win for Argentina at the 1930 World Cup, and a 2-1 Argentina win in the 1978 tournament.
Here’s how you can watch the match and more. And be sure to return a half an hour before kickoff for our live blog of the game:
How to watch Argentina vs. France
- When: Saturday at 10 a.m. ET
- Where: Kazan Arena
- TV: Fox and Telemundo
- Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
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Argentina vs. France prediction
Argentina puts together its second straight performance, leaving an unorganized France team out of the cup thanks to a late Sergio Aguero goal. Argentina 2, France 1.
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