France headcoach Didier Deschamps looks on during France’s official training on the eve of the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Welcome to our coverage of what looks like being a thoroughly enjoyable Group C match between France and Australia.
If the match goes to expectations, it’ll be a comfortable victory for the French, who on paper at least have one of the strongest squads in the tournament.
Time: Saturday, June 16 at 6 a.m. ET
Channel: FS1, Telemundo and NBC Universo
Stream Online: Hulu with Live TV or fuboTV (Try for free)
France managed to achieve World Cup victory playing in front of a home crowd in 1998, though their record since has been a bit spotty. They appear to have righted whatever was going wrong, winning 7 of their qualifying matches, losing once, and getting two draws. They’re still a favorite to win the tournament behind the powerhouses of Germany and Brazil. Australia has qualified for the fourth time in a row since failing to qualify from 1978-2002, though they took the long, long road to Russia, playing 22 games in the process. 38-year old Tim Cahill will be playing in his fourth World Cup tournament, and likely his last.
This is the earliest game of the tournament, starting at 1 p.m. local time at Kazan Arena, Kazan, or 6 a.m. Eastern (3 a.m. Pacific). If you’re willing to wake up early, you can watch it live on FS1 in English, or in Spanish on Telemundo and NBC Universo through your cable company. If you don’t have cable you can stream it via Hulu with Live TV, or fuboTV. This would be the perfect opportunity to make use of the 30 hour DVR offered by fuboTV; just record the game and watch it when you wake up.
France, Australia, Peru and Denmark battle it out in Group C. It’s likely that France and Denmark continue to the knockout stage beginning June 30th.