Needing a win after a surprising poor result to start the 2018 World Cup, defending champs Germany take on Sweden in a Group F match at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi on Saturday.
In the United States, the game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on both Fox (English broadcast) and Telemundo (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 (live in most markets) and Telemundo 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 (live in most markets) and Telemundo. 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 (but not Telemundo) 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.
Many pegged Germany as the favorite to repeat as World Cup champions, but that road is just a little bit tougher after a surprising 1-0 loss against Mexico to start the tournament.
Now, Die Mannschaft still have a 64 percent chance of advancing to the knockout stage according to FiveThirtyEight’s projection model, but there isn’t a whole lot of room for error anymore.
As for Sweden, they began their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over South Korea thanks to a 65th-minute penalty from Andreas Granqvist, and now a pair of draws against Germany and Mexico will be enough to push them past the group stage.
With those scenarios in place, it’s easy to see how this game is likely to play out. Germany should dominate possession, pushing forward and going hard for goals, while Sweden will bunker down in defense, playing for the draw and potentially hitting on the counter-attack if they get an opportunity. It’s a strategy Mexico used to perfection to upset Germany, and Sweden will be hoping to replicate that result.
Of course, that’s much easier said than done. Germany is still one of the best teams in the world, and even if Sweden parks the bus, it’s hard to imagine Joachim Low’s team going goalless a second game in a row. There’s just too much firepower up front. Germany are pegged as -225 favorites, while the draw is going off at +360 and Sweden are +600 underdogs.
Group stage will conclude on Wednesday, June 27, with Germany taking on South Korea and Sweden going up against Mexico.
Source: Heavy Sports