Needing a win to stay alive in the 2018 World Cup, defending champions Germany take on South Korea in the final match of Group F play Wednesday in Kazan.
In the United States, the game is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on both Fox Sports 1 (English broadcast) and NBC Universo (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:
Fox Sports 1 and NBC Universo are both included in the “Fubo Premier” bundle, which has a channel package that is largely tailored towards international soccer fans and also has World Cup live streams available in 4K. 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.
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 NBC Universo. 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 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.
For Germany, the task is simple: Just win.
If the Germans win and if Sweden does anything other than win against Mexico, then Die Mannschaft will advance as the runner-up in Group F. If Germany wins and Sweden also wins, then we’re headed for a bit of a messy situation, as Mexico, Germany and Sweden would then all be tied at six points and tiebreakers would come into play. In that scenario, winning by two goals would be enough for Germany, as they would pass Mexico (who would have lost in this particular hypothetical) in goal differential.
Put more simply: For Germany, a win would put them in very good shape, while a win by two or more goals will assure a spot in the Round of 16 no matter what happens in the Mexico-Sweden game.
As for South Korea, they are surprisingly still mathematically alive despite losses against Sweden (0-1) and Mexico (1-2) to star the tournament. If they can somehow beat Germany, and if Sweden loses to Mexico, then Germany, Sweden and South Korea will be tied at three points for the runner-up spot in the group. It would then be decided by tiebreakers, which could get very interesting, as South Korea would have at the very least a goal differential as good as both Germany and Sweden.
All of this makes for what should be a highly entertaining game. Both teams know they need to win to advance (Germany could advance with a draw plus Sweden loss, but they’ll want to win to feel safe), and the game should be a bit more wide open as a result. South Korea will still likely spend time bunkered down in defense as Mexico and Sweden did against the Germans, but they’ll eventually need to push forward at some point.
Germany are favored at -550, while South Korea are a +1200 underdog. A draw is going off at +625 odds.
Source: Heavy Sports