Germany will face off against Argentina on Sunday at Estadio do Maracanain in Rio de Janeiro to determine the 2014 World Cup champion. It will either be Germany’s fourth World Cup or Argentina’s third.
This expert Asian Handicap odds betting breakdown on this weekend’s finale will give you the expert insight you’ll need in order to cash in early and often on Sunday’s highly-anticipated match. Click here to join SportBet to wager on the World Cup.
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Starts: 07/13/2014 3:00PM
World Cup Final Betting Odds Germany vs. Argentina
Spread: Germany -½ (+120) Vs. Argentina +½ (-140)
3-way line: Germany +120 / Argentina +215 / Draw +200
Total: 2 (Over -120, Under Even)
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My 2014 World Cup Final Pick
If you don’t know what Asian Handicap is, it’s fairly simple. There is no draw in Asian handicapping. Instead each team is given goal-scoring odds whether a favorite or underdog.
Germany reached the 2014 World Cup final by smacking around host nation Brazil in their stunning 7-1 semifinal rout on Tuesday night. Argentina reached the final by squeaking past the Netherlands 4-2 on penalty kicks ion Wednesday.
Germany attempts an average of 14.7 shot attempts per match while putting 70 percent of their attempts on target. Led by elite forward Thomas Müller and World Cup career goal scoring leader Miroslav Klose, Germany has scored a cup-leading 17 goals in six matches while allowing just four defensively.
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Argentina has reached the final, thanks mostly to their outstanding defense and just enough contributions from superstar forward Lionel Messi, arguably the world’s best player today.
Argentina has scored just eight goals in six matches, but they’ve limited the opposition to a paltry three goals – with Nigeria scoring two of those in a narrow 3-2 loss.
Messi has tied Germany’s Muller with five goals but he’s been a virtual one-man gang on offense.
Germany is a big favorite coming into the finals, but I believe they’ll get the job done to cover their Asian Handicap odds by winning 2-1 at the least and likely 3-1.
The German national team is loaded with experienced players, at least three veteran superstar kinds of players on their roster – and the only keeper in the world today (Manuel Neuer) that is better than Argentina’s Sergio Romero.
While it’s possible that Argentina could shut down Germany much like they’ve done to several of their opponents thus far, I don’t see it happening and I’m not the only one that is predicting a fairly easy win for Germany.
Netherlands winger Arjen Robben said he believes Germany will win the World Cup.
"Germany’s going to win the World Cup. No doubt about that. The Argentines will not stand a chance," he told reporters following Wednesday night’s loss.
In the end, I believe that German defender Per Mertesacker is right when he says, "We have one of the strongest squads I’ve ever played in," Mertesacker said. "We have two excellent players for every position and everyone believes in each other. We have created excellent team spirit during the tournament and with those magnificent players growing up together it makes it easier."