2014 World Cup: Germany vs Argentina Preview

July 11, 2014
By: Deke Hardman

Miroslav Klose Germany

The 2014 World Cup concludes in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday as Germany take on Argentina in the final.

Joachim Low’s side thumped hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday; a result that broke a whole manner of records in the competition.

It was the joint biggest defeat in Brazil’s history and their heaviest in the World Cup, the biggest ever winning margin in the semi-finals and the most goals scored against a host nation to name but a few.

Also, Mirolsav Klose’s strike on twenty-three minutes saw him overtake Brazilian star Ronaldo as the leading goal-scorer in the competition’s history with sixteen, and the Lazio man is in line to start again here.

Centre-back Mats Hummels is unlikely to feature after picking up a knee problem, while fellow defender Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury.

Thomas Muller, who is in with a shot of finishing as the competitions top scorer as he did four years ago, is 7.0 (6/1) to open the scoring with Ladbrokes, with Klose an 8.0 (7/1) chance with the same firm.

Germany are favourites to win the match in ninety minutes at 2.38 (11/8) with Betfred, with Argentina as highly priced as the 3.6 (13/5) on offer from Bet Victor. The draw is 3.25 (9/4) with Bet 365.

Argentina needed penalties to get past the Netherlands in Sao Paolo last time out, with Maxi Rodriguez scoring the decisive penalty to set up this – a repeat of the 1986 and 1990 finals.

Angel Di Maria is the South American side’s only injury concern, so Alejandro Sabella may decide to stick with the same side that edged past the Dutch.

Lionel Messi is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 6.0 (5/1) with Ladbrokes, with Gonzalo Higuain a 9.0 (8/1) chance with a variety of firms.

The last two meetings between the sides have each seen four goals, though with each of the past six finals, starting with West Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in 1990, seeing fewer that amount you may prefer to back a low scoring affair.

888 Sport offer a price of 1.51 (18/35) for the game to see under three goals, while as five of the last six finals have seen just one team hit the back of the net, you may prefer to take advantage of Bet Victor’s offer of 1.7 (7/10) for both teams not to score.

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