Germany Solid Favorite in World Cup Final Against Argentina Sunday
By: Matty Simo
Saturday, July 12, 2014
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
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.