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    World Cup 2018: Your guide to watching the Socceroos play in Russia

    Everything you need to know about how to tune in and watch Australia play.

    The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway this week and we've got all your info about how to watch every Socceroos game.

    Where to tune in to watch the games

    SBS will be exclusively televising a match of the day, every day while live streams are available via SBS and Optus Sport.

    However, Optus will be the only provider to stream every game of World Cup.

    The first match of the tournament sees hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia at 1:00am AEST on Friday.

    The pick of the next few games appears to be Portugal versus Spain at 4:00am AEST on Saturday.

    Game one: Australia v France

    Australia will take on France at the prime time of 8:00pm AEST on Saturday, meaning Socceroos fans won't have to stay up late for this one.

    It's also the only game of the tournament that will be played at this time — so all the more the reason tune in.

    If you find yourself still pumped from the Socceroos game, Argentina will take on Iceland right after at 11:00pmAEST.

    France is set to have a star studded team with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, meaning a possible victory for the Socceroos would be a glorious triumph.

    Game two: Australia v Denmark

    Australia's next game will be against Denmark on ThursdayJune 21 at 10:00pmAEST.

    This one will be played at Cosmos Arena.

    Christian Eriksen is the danger player from Denmark to watch in this match.

    Eriksen was the architect of his team's win against Ireland in a 5-1 victory, so the Socceroos will have to work to neutralise him.

    Game three: Australia v Peru

    Six days after game two, the Socceroos will be up against Peru on WednesdayJune 27 at 12:00amAEST, theywill meet at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

    Australia has not had a previous encounter with Peru but their key player will be Paolo Guerrero.

    Guerrero was recently involved in a doping scandal after Peru's World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October, he was suspended for 12 months but had his ban reduced to six in time for the World Cup.

    What happens if we make it through?

    To progress out of the group phase, Australia needs to finish first or second in their group.

    Based on the latest FIFA world rankings, Australia's Group C is actually the toughest at the tournament. France are ranked seventh in the world, Peru 11th and Denmark 12th. The Socceroos are down at number 36.

    Should the Socceroos manage to top the group, they would face a round of 16 elimination match against the second-placed team from Group D. If they finish second in the group, they would play the winner of Group D.

    Group D consists of Argentina (ranked fifth), Croatia (20th), Iceland (22nd) and Nigeria (48th).

    What are the other key dates?

    The quarter-finals will take place from the July 7 and 8, with the semi-finals on July 11and12.

    The third place playoff will be on July 15.

    The final will then take place on Monday July 16 at 1:00am AEST.

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