World Cup final Betting Preview: Back the Germans to score in the opening hour

Joachim Low's side are the clear favorites and Phil Kitromilides explains why he is backing Germany to continue their run of scoring before the hour mark in Sunday's final
If revenge is a dish best served cold, then Argentina have a chance to serve up a plate of freezing cold retribution on Sunday evening against the side that defeated them the last time they made it to the World Cup final.

24 years ago saw a preunification West Germany overcome the Albiceleste by a solitary goal to nil in the ugliest of showpieces and neutrals will be hoping for a more aesthetically pleasing encounter at the Maracana.

After their historic dismantling of Brazil in the last four Germany are the clear favorites with bet365, offered at 13/10 (2.30) to win in 90 minutes, while Argentina can be backed at 5/2 (3.50) and the draw priced at 9/4 (3.25).

Tha Germany are favorites of course is not solely down to their exceptional performance in the previous round, but more to do with the balance and belief of Joachim Low's side.

They have controlled every match they have contested and play as a supreme unit comprised of talented individuals.

They have no one in the same bracket as Argentina's Lionel Messi (few teams do) but the relentlessly high standards of the likes of Tomas Muller, Sami Khedira and Mats Hummels make Germany overall stronger than their South American opponents.

They are defensively supreme and brutally ruthless in attack, a combination which was shown in all its glory in that now legendary night in Belo Horizante against the hosts.

Quite simply Germany should win, and the price for them to do so in 90 minutes will no doubt attract plenty of attention.

This however has been an extremely unpredictable World Cup, which has necessitated a slightly more cautious approach to punting particularly in the knockout stages.

At the risk of stating the obvious, if the Germans are to win without penalties they will need to score and the
price therefore of 5/6 (1.83) for them to do so before 61 minutes is highly tempting.

This selection has paid out in five out of Germany's six games in the tournament, and while Argentina have not conceded a goal since the group stages, the Europeans have a swaggering relentlessness about them which inspires the confidence to back them to score a goal inside the first hour of Sunday's final.

First Germany goal before 61 minutes at 5/6 (1.83) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365

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