Germany can overpower Argentina and lift the trophy, back them to win in 90 minutes at best odds 11/8 with Coral.
Germany take on Argentina in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, get football betting tips ahead of the World Cup Final.
Germany can get the job done in 90 minutes, back them to beat Argentina at best odds 11/8 with Coral.
Having tipped Germany to beat Brazil and make it to the World Cup final it was pleasing to see that they had the cigars out after only half an hour on Tuesday, but Argentina are likely to be somewhat more resistant. The pressure may have finally got to Brazil in Belo Horizonte as they totally lost their heads, but it was hard to ignore how relentless the Germans were and perhaps more interestingly how furious they looked to have conceded in injury time despite winning 7-1. Germany clearly wanted the perfect result and they will aim to put on the perfect performance at the Maracana, with Thomas Müller spearheading the attack. Müller has hit 5 goals, set up his teammates on three occasions and will be desperate to add to his tally to catch Colombia's James Rodriguez in the quest to be World Cup top goalscorer. Both he and Miroslav Klose have a knack of finding space in attacking positions and their off the ball movement could well be Argentina's undoing.
Argentina are unlikely to roll over in the same manner as their rivals Brazil, but if Germany can keep Lionel Messi quiet then its difficult to see them posing much of an attacking threat. The Dutch managed to contain Messi, while Joachim Löw has said that Germany have their own plan for dealing with the Barcelona forward on whom Argentina have been heavily reliant to make it this far. Javier Mascherano did a good job of limiting Arjen Robben's chances in the semi-final, but Germany tend to play as a unit rather than continually looking for one particular outlet, so Argentina's defenders are likely to have their hands full attempting to nullify all threats. Add into the equation that Germany have had an extra rest day and Argentina played extra-time and a penalty shoot-out and we could be looking at the first ever World Cup triumph for a European team in South America.
Shkodran Mustafi is the only injury concern for Germany ahead of the final meaning that the only real question mark is over Miroslav Klose, who has been in and out of the starting lineup all tournament, but the goalscoring threat he carries and the rampant start Germany made against Brazil indicates that he is likely to play from the off. Philipp Lahm will remain at right-back, while the impressive Sami Khedira will start in midfield again with Thomas Müller occupying an advanced role in an unchanged starting XI.
Argentina will be hoping to have Ángel Di María back for the final after a thigh injury meant he missed the semi final against the Netherlands. Sergio Agüero came off the bench to play the final part of that game but he looked distinctly off the pace and could therefore miss out. Lionel Messi will continue to play a central role behind goal-shy Gonzalo Higuain who has only managed to find the net once this tournament.
2014 World Cup Matches
Germany W D W D W W Argentina W W W D W D
2014 World Cup Goal Scorers
Muller - 5 (1 Penalty, 3 First Goalscorer)
Schurrle - 3 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Kroos - 2 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Hummels - 2 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Klose - 2 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Gotze – 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Ozil - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Khedira - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Messi – 4 (0 Penalties, 2 First Goalscorer)
Rojo – 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Di Maria – 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Higuain - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
2014 Word Cup Goal Assists
Muller - 3
Lahm - 2
Gotze – 1
Schurrle – 1
Hummels - 1
Kroos - 1
Khedira - 1
Higuain - 1
Lavezzi – 1
Messi - 1
Di Maria - 1