WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE

World Cup: France vs. Argentina, 9 a.m. Saturday, Ch. 9. France is undefeated but has yet to impress anyone. Argentina barely made it to the knockout round, its players may or may not be revolting against coach Jorge Sampaoli, and the team seems strangely lifeless. That said, this is a mouthwatering knockout-round matchup.

 

World Cup: Uruguay vs. Portugal, 1 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 9. Uruguay comfortably won the World Cup’s weakest group but now has to play striker Cristiano Ronaldo and 10 others wearing the same jerseys. He carried Portugal to the knockout round. Can he take his country further?

 

World Cup: Spain vs. Russia, 9 a.m. Sunday, Ch. 9. Russia’s high-flying start to the tournament crashed and burned in its group-stage finale against Uruguay. But nobody really wants to play against the tournament host. Especially not Spain, which looks like it might collectively be four years past its best.

 

World Cup: Croatia vs. Denmark, 1 p.m. Sunday, Ch. 9. Croatia dealt with a tricky group by winning every game, defeating Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland without allowing a single goal from open play. Is this finally the year that Croatia’s so-called “golden generation,” despite being on the wrong side of 30, finally breaks through at a major tournament?