Germany and Argentina are the two remaining teams at the World Cup and our tipster looks at the outright markets for the tournament ahead of Sunday's showpiece finalWorld Cup 2014 reaches its conclusion when Germany and Argentina go head-to-head in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night.
Germany, then West Germany, last claimed the title in 1990 when Andreas Brehme's late penalty gave his nation a 1-0 win against Argentina - and Joachim Low will be desperately hoping for a repeat of that outcome in Rio de Janeiro this weekend.
Die Mannschaft, somewhat unsurprisingly following their 7-1 demolition of Brazil at the semi-final stage, are favourites with the odds compilers to be crowned as champions, with Paddy Power offering odds of just 8/11 (1.73) on captain Philipp Lahm lifting the trophy while the same firm go 11/8 (2.38) for Germany to win Sunday's showpiece final inside 90 minutes.
Argentina, though, have yet to concede in the knockout stages of the competition and Alejandro Sabella's side will be desperate to win the trophy in Brazil - home of their great international rivals.
The South Americans showed nerves of steel to edge past Netherlands in the semi-finals, winning 4-2 in a penalty shootout and, inspired by captain Lionel Messi, Argentina will be aiming to lift the trophy for the first time in 28 years.
Paddy Power offer 11/10 (2.10) for Argentina to win on Sunday, while the same firm go 9/4 (3.25) that Sabella's side seal the deal inside 90 minutes.
Lionel Messi will be desperate to claim the World Cup and, should the Barcelona star turn in a big performance in Rio de Janeiro, the 27-year-old is capable of further enhancing his own remarkable reputation by attaining some personal glory.
Messi is chalked up as 11/8 (2.38) favourite with Paddy Power to be named as the player of the tournament - the Golden Ball award - while the Golden Boot, awarded to the tournament's top scorer, is also just about within the Argentine's grasp. The Barcelona star can be backed at 9/1 (10.0) with Paddy Power to top the goalscoring charts following Sunday's final.
Netherlands' Arjen Robben is chalked up at 10/1 (11.0) with Paddy Power to be the Golden Ball winner, with Colombia's James Rodriguez available at 5/1 (6.0) with the same firm to be named as the tournament's top player.
Rodriguez, too, remains red-hot favourite to win the Golden Boot at just 2/5 (1.40) with Paddy Power while Thomas Muller of Germany is available at 3/1 (6.0) with the same firm to pip the 22-year-old Colombian to that particular accolade.
Muller has enjoyed a remarkable tournament, netting five goals for Die Mannschaft - including the opening goal against Brazil on Tuesday - and the Bayern Munich man can be backed at 3/1 (4.0) to win the Golden Ball - a price that would represent excellent value should Muller make a significant contribution to Sunday's final.
World Cup 2014 has seen some glorious goalkeeping performances from the likes of Keylor Navas, Tim Howard and Sergio Romero.
The favourite, though, to claim the Golden Glove award - for the tournament's best 'keeper - is German stopper Manuel Neuer.
The 28-year-old has, once again, been outstanding throughout the tournament and is, deservedly, favourite to scoop the prize, with Paddy Power installing Neuer as a 1/5 (1.20) shot to be named as the best goalkeeper of World Cup 2014.
Indeed, the German has been so consistently impressive throughout the tournament that he can be backed at just 13/2 (7.50) to win the Golden Ball.
World Cup 2014 will be remembered for some outstanding individual achievements as well as team performances.
While the main protagonists of Sunday's showpiece will be focused on being crowned as champions, the individual accolade winners, too, will take their place in the record books.
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