Germany Solid Favorite in World Cup Final Against Argentina Sunday

By: Matty Simo | Saturday, July 12, 2014
World Cup

Sunday's World Cup final pits two soccer powers who have combined to win four of the last 10 titles in Germany and Argentina. Germany opened as a +120 favorite on the 3-way line at the SuperBook in Las Vegas with Argentina +250 and a Draw after regulation time worth +225. Bettors have since moved Germany down to +115 with Argentina at +260 (click here to check the latest World Cup soccer betting odds).

The two countries will meet in the final for the first time since 1990, when West Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 four years after Argentina won the championship match between the two squads 3-2 behind star striker Diego Maradona. This time around, the Argentinians will rely on another star many believe to be the best player in the world, Lionel Messi.

Messi has tallied four goals and one assist in 573 minutes of action over six matches, which is the most of any player besides those who participated in Saturday's third-place game, won by the Netherlands 3-0 over host country Brazil. Thomas Mueller leads Germany with five goals and three assists, and he is chasing Colombia's James Rodriguez (six goals) for the Golden Boot awarded to the World Cup's top scorer. Midfielder Toni Kroos has also been one of the top players for the Germans, as he is in the running for the Golden Ball awarded to the most outstanding player of the tournament after he tallied two goals in a 7-1 rout of Brazil in the semifinals to go along with four assists overall in 570 minutes.

The goaltenders for Germany and Argentina have also performed very well throughout the World Cup, as one would expect from the two finalists. Germany's Manuel Neuer has made 25 saves and surrendered just four goals while Argentina's Sergio Romero has stopped 15 of 18 shots. Team USA's Tim Howard still leads the World Cup with 27 stops in just four games, capped by his brilliant 16-save performance in a 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium in the Round of 16.

One key injury for the game is on the Argentinian side, which will be without midfielder Angel di Maria due to a thigh injury. It's also worth noting that Germany is 4-1-1 all-time head-to-head in World Cup matches, with the lone loss taking place in the 1986 final.

The total opened at 2 OVER -120 and has since been bet down to 2o15 at the SuperBook. Some interesting prop bets at 5Dimes sportsbook include Germany wins and UNDER 2.5 goals and Germany wins and OVER 2.5 goals, both valued at +325, including regulation and stoppage time only. Argentina wins and UNDER 2.5 goals pays +480 compared to Argentina wins and OVER 2.5 goals at +585. Please note: Odds are always subject to change.

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