Germany and Argentina will brawl for it all when they take to the pitch for the 2014 World Cup final Sunday, July 13 live from Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The two finalists couldn’t have had more polar-opposite victories in their respective semifinals matches in order to reach the finals. Nevertheless, both teams will be going all out in the pursuit of victory. Click here to join SportBet to wager on the World Cup.
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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
Germany is favored to beat Argentina and rightfully so, seeing as how they hung a whopping seven goals in host nation Brazil in Tuesday night’s stunning first semifinal.
Superstar forward Thomas Müller started the scoring off for Brazil and in the process, became the second player in history to score five goals in consecutive World Cups. The first just happens to be veteran teammate Miroslav Klose, who also doubles as the all-time leading goal scorer in Cup history with 16.
Müller and Klose and their band of merry mates will look to continue doing what they’ve done all tournament which is share the ball and attack whenever they get the slightest opening – or create an opening.
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In addition to their powerful offense, which has scored a cup-leading 17 goals, Germany also has the best goal keeper in the world today stopping shots for them in athletic keeper Manuel Neuer. Germany’s blossoming net-minder has allowed just four goals in six matches and made several fantastic stops against Brazil the last time out.
Germany attempts an average of 14.7 shot attempts per match while putting 70 percent of their attempts on target.
Netherlands winger Arjen Robben went on record to say that 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.
Even Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella believes a well-rested Germany will have the advantage against their weary South American counterparts on Sunday.
The fact that Germany have had an extra day’s rest and effectively had their 7-1 win over Brazil wrapped up inside half an hour could be crucial, Sabella said.
"Some of our players are sore, beaten, tired – the results of a war, so to speak," Sabella added. "We have a final to play, with one day less to prepare and against a team like Germany, but with work, humility and seriousness, we’ll do all we can to make it all the way to the top.
Argentina is led by the incomparable Lionel Messi and their superstar forward has shown up in a big way by scoring five goals in six matches, including a pair of goals that turned out to be eventual game-winners late in two matches. Argentina advanced to the final by squeaking past gritty Netherlands 4-2 on penalty kicks extra time on Wednesday night.
However, Messi will need more help than he’s gotten this tournament if Argentina wants to beat a German squad that is well-rounded and very deep.
Messi will need some offensive help from teammates Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuaín if they are going to put the pressure on Germany, though it goes without saying that Argentinean keeper Sergio Romero is nearly the equal of Germany’s Manuel Neuer.
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My World Cup Final Germany vs. Argentina Pick:
In the end…I predicted Germany to win the 2014 World Cup before it ever got underway and I see absolutely no reason to think otherwise heading into Sunday’s final.
Germany has the better all-around team, a superstar that can match Lionel Messi and the world’s best keeper. Add it all up and I think it will lead to a 2-1 win for Germany at the least, if not 3-1.