All eyes will be on Lionel Messi as Argentina take on France in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 on Saturday. Both teams have had contrasting path to the last 16. While France qualified comfortably top of Group C, Argentina scraped through Group D with a last gasp win.
Both sides have remarkable offensive qualities, they are yet to show their full potential. While Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann have been in goalscoring form for Les Bleus in Russia, Lionel Messi’s brilliance means Argentina always have a chance despite their chaotic performances so far.
France v/s Argentina: When and where to watch
When is the France v/s Argentina match in FIFA World Cup 2018?
FIFA World Cup 2018 France v/s Argentina match will take place on Saturday, June 30.
Where is the FIFA World Cup 2018 France v/s Argentina match?
FIFA World Cup 2018 France v/s Argentina will take place at Kazan Arena, Kazan.
What time does the FIFA World Cup 2018 France v/s Argentina match starts (time in IST)?
FIFA World Cup 2018 France v/s Argentina match will kick off at 7.30 PM IST (19.30 HRS).
Where to watch on TV France v/s Argentina match live?
FIFA World Cup 2018 France v/s Argentina football match in India will be broadcast on Sony Network. South Korea v/s Mexico TV channels will be- Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 2 HD, Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD.
Where to watch on TV France v/s Argentina match with Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Bengali commentary?
France v/s Argentina football match will be in English on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 2 HD. Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD will show that match in Hindi. France v/s Argentina Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Bengali commentary will be on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD.
How and where to watch online FIFA World Cup 2018 France v/s Argentina live streaming?
FIFA World Cup 2018 France v/s Argentina live streaming will be available on SonyLiv app and sonyliv.com website. One can watch the France v/s Argentina match on Jio TV and Airtel TV as well.
France v/s Argentina: Possible starting XIs
France XI: Lloris, Sidibe, Umtiti, Varane, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud
Argentina XI: Armani, Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico, Perez, Mascherano, Banega, Di Maria, Messi, Higuain
France v/s Argentina: Squads
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City/ENG), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart/GER), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona/ESP), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)
Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla/ESP), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/GER)
Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona/ESP), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United/ENG), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea/ENG), Franco Armani (River Plate)
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla/ESP), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino/ITA), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/ENG), Federico Fazio (Roma/ITA), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United/ENG), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax/NED), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/POR)
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune/CHN), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica/POR), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan/ITA), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Ever Banega (Sevilla/ESP), Enzo Perez (River Plate), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Angel di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors)
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus/ITA), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/ENG)
This is the FIFA World Cup at its finest. France face Argentina in the first game of the Round of 16. This is a big match for both teams considering that they were expected to make it to the very last rounds of the tournament and now one of them will go home.
Most fans and analysts are considering France the favorites to win this game because of Argentina’s struggles in the group stage. It’s true that Didier Deschamps has more depth at his disposal and a lot more quality in the defensive line and also in the midfield. However, they might lack the firepower upfront that could give Argentina the edge.
The Varane-Messi matchup will be particularly interesting to watch as it could very well decide the game. Varane has given Messi lots of trouble in the past and if he can do the same tonight, it’s hard to predict a win for Argentina.
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM 2018 WORLD CUP
Time: 15:00 CET, 10:00am EST, 07:00am Pacific.
Venue: Kazan, Russia.
Available Streaming: Fubo.tv, Telemundo Deportes (USA), LiveSoccerTV.