The final of the 2014 World Cup has been decided and interestingly it is a repeat of the 1990 World Cup final between Argentina and Germany. In that World Cup, Andreas Brehme scored a late goal from the penalty spot to get West Germany over the line in a fiery contest.
Given the 7-1 drubbing that Germany put on Brazil in their semi-final, they will rightfully go into the decider as deserving favorites to win the tournament. The online bookmakers have Germany at 11/8 favorites. A lot of punters would have put money on Argentina at the beginning of the tournament but the late money is on Germany to take the World Cup after their superb performance in the semi-final.
Joachim Loew’s side have two distinct advantages going into the ultimate decider. They will have one extra day rest and given it was such a one sided game against the tournament hosts they will be full of confidence.
The bookies have Argentina at 13/4 to win. Argentina reached the final after beating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout. Are the stars aligning in the World Cup for some Messi brilliance to be the deciding factor or does Germany have too much talent across the park to be too strong for Alejandro Sabella’s men? Angel Di Maria is fighting the clock to be fit for the final his absence if he misses the game will be huge.
Defensively Argentina will have a lot more to offer then Brazil did against Germany. Prior to Germany’s semi-final although they were getting the job done they weren’t scoring goals with ease, and Thiago Silva’s absence definitely left their defense in shambles.
This World Cup started with a flurry of goals with an average of 3 goals scored per match. However, there has been a noticeable lack of goals in the knockout stages of the tournament if you exclude the Germany and Brazil semi-final blowout. A record for the most number of goals scored in a World Cup game that was never expected.
Argentina vs Germany prediction: Germany 2-1 is 10/1 with Coral.