World Cup 2018 round of 16 begins on Saturday, and it kicks off with a huge clash. Its 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: France is slated to take on Argentina in the opening match of the Knockout Stage of the 2018 World Cup.
Here’s all about you need to know about when the match is on, how to watch and more.