4 Reasons to Bet on Argentina to Win the World Cup 

4 Reasons to Bet on Argentina to Win the World Cup

While 2014 World Cup final favorite Germany looked absolutely overpowering in trashing overmatched Brazil in Tuesday night’s first semifinal pairing, make no mistake about it…underdog Argentina will not only have a chance, they could pull off one of the biggest shockers in recent World Cup history by taking out the red-hot Germans. Click here to join SportBet to wager on the World Cup.

My Top 4 Reasons to Bet on Argentina to Win the 2014 World Cup 

The Pedigree

Forget Lionel Messi….arguably the world’s best player today. Argentina is loaded with other players that have plenty of star power themselves, starting with Messi’s running mates, forwards Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

Of course, Messi has scored five of the team’s eight total goals this tournament, so clearly he could use a bit more assistance from his teammates. Still Aguero and Higuain are elite offensive players that could make a huge difference in this highly-anticipated match.

Their Defense is Rock-Solid

Sure, Germany is the highest scoring team in this year’s World Cup, but let’s be honest for a minute and admit that no one could have predicted the blowout they laid on Brazil on Wednesday.

Argentina is tied for second place in goals allowed with three, although they are the only one of the seven teams with three goals allowed to play more than five matches. Argentina ranked 12th in clearance completion rate (86%) while finishing tied for third along with Brazil in total completed clearances (69).

Basically, if there’s one team remaining that could potentially stop Germany’s overwhelming offensive attack, it’s Argentina.

Sergio Romero is a Monster

Sergio Romero may be the fourth ranked keeper in the Castrol Index with a stellar 9.11 goals-against-average, but I believe only Germany’s Manuel Neuer is better. Romero saved penalty kicks in extra time against Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in Argentina’s semifinal win over the Netherlands to advance to the final. Romero has four shutouts this World Cup and it goes without saying that he’ll make Germany work to get a single ball past him.

Lionel Messi

Messi has four goals and one assist this World Cup, but the 27-year-old forward is so much more than a scorer for Argentina. Messi is generally regarded as one of the top three players on the planet today, and the best by many, The diminutive superstar has been the most ‘timely’ of all players in the 2014 World Cup.

In Argentina’s second group stage match against Iran, Messi nailed a stoppage time winner against from 25 about yards out, ‘bending it like Beckham’ into the left corner of the goal. The score was Messi’s 40th international goal.

In Argentina’s Round of 16 match against Switzerland, Messi assisted on Angel di Maria’s match winner late in the 118th minute.

Messi can score from anywhere, is a willing passer and generous teammate and as gifted as they come. Even the great Diego Maradona, Argentina’s greatest soccer star, has anointed Messi as a legendary kind of talent.

I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentinean football and his name is Messi,” Maradona said back in February of 2008.