2014 World Cup Final - Who Has The Edge?

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  • Germany take on Argentina in Sunday's mouth-watering World Cup final, and the statistics say that the match will be too close to call.

    The pair will face each other for the third time in a World Cup final, after Argentina were last victorious back in 1986 against West Germany with a 3-2 win in Mexico for the second of their two World Cup crowns. Three-time winners Germany exacted revenge four years later however, when Andreas Brehme's late penalty secured a 1-0 victory in the 1990 final.

    The last meeting between the pair came in Frankfurt during August 2012, where the Argentines were victorious 3-1 on that occasion.

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    The last World Cup meeting between both however saw Argentina suffer their heaviest defeat in the tournament for 36 years, when Germany inflicted a 4-0 drubbing of Argentina in the 2010 quarter-finals four years after the Germans also eliminated them on penalties at the same stage.

    The overall head-to-head statistics say that Argentina have the advantage with nine wins to Germany's six, both having put a total of 28 goals past each other over the course of those contests.

    Argentina's top scorer of the tournament, Lionel Messi, will be a key player for the Argentines, having proved the most creative player of the 2014 World Cup by setting up a tournament-high 21 goalscoring chances for team-mates. 

    Opta statistics also read that Messi has made a tournament-high 65 dribbles so far, completing another tournament-highest total of 39 of them. Messi is 11/2 to score first with Ladbrokes, and the Barcelona star said on Facebook: "My dreams and my hopes are being fulfilled due to the hard work and sacrifice of a team that has given everything from match one."

    The influential midfield options for both sides will be crucial also. Javier Mascherano has been instrumental in providing midfield support alongside his defensive roles, making a tournament-high number of tackles with 28.

    Germany's Mesut Ozil meanwhile has also created the most chances for his German team-mates in the 2014 World Cup with 15, while Thomas Muller is 9/2 to score first with Bet365 and take the Golden Boot for a record second consecutive World Cup.

    Germany defender Mats Hummels has scored twice in the tournament including a decisive header to beat France in the quarter-finals, and should be fit to face Argentina in the final despite missing the second half against Brazil as a precaution from tendonitis.

    Argentina winger Angel Di Maria meanwhile is a doubt after suffering a suspected thigh injury during training on Saturday, while left-back Marcos Rojo should be available despite ankle troubles on Friday. Striker Sergio Aguero crucially has recovered from muscle strain and could leave Ezequiel Lavezzi's place in question.

    Germany and Argentina kick off the final in Rio de Janeiro at 8pm Sunday 13 July, and the match will be shown live on both BBC1 and ITV. You can compare all the odds for the 2014 World Cup right here.

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