Germany's rampant attack against Argentina's staunch defence, who will come out on top in the World cup final? Our tipster Hugh Wilson looks at the marketsIt's just over three weeks since Brazil and Croatia battled it out in Sao Paulo in the opening match of the World Cup 2014, 32 sides have been whittled down to two nations, with Germany and Argentina meeting in the final.
Die Mannschaft, then West Germany, haven’t won the competition since 1990 when they beat Argentina in the final 1-0 in Italy. The Argentines last lifted the trophy four years earlier in Mexico, beating West Germany 3-2 in a thriller, with a late goal from Burruchaga giving the South Americans the win.
Four years ago the two sides met in Cape Town, with Argentina - then managed by Diego Maradona - heavy favourites. On that occasion Germany came out on top, with Joachim Low’s men scoring four unanswered goals.
Coming into this match Germany have again been scoring for fun, destroying host nation Brazil in the semi finals.
With Argentina already keeping four clean sheets in their six matches though, will the German strike force be able to break down Argentina’s rock solid back-line?
In a game of few chances in their semi final versus the Netherlands, Argentina looked very strong at the back, with only one real chance for Oranje falling to Arjen Robben in the match. The protection Javier Mascherano offers to the back four has been outstanding and a reason they've conceded few goals. William Hill price them at 2/1 (3.00) to keep another clean sheet.
Germany will fancy their chances of lifting the trophy and will be keen to dispatch the South American’s in normal time. Low’s men so far have netted 17 goals in the competition, but have only managed to score over 1.5 goals in three matches in 90 minutes. Despite this stat, they displayed their ability to trounce defences, as they opened up Brazil at will in the last round. William Hill price them at 7/4 (2.75) to score over 1.5 goals.
As with Brazil, Germany have looked solid in defence during the competition, conceding three goals during regulation time. Die Mannschaft have kept four clean sheets themselves. With this in mind and the tight nature of the knockout games thus far, it's no surprise to see the the both teams to score "No" bet with William Hill at 8/13 (1.62).
Germany’s star of the World Cup has been Thomas Muller, who is still gunning for the Golden Boot award for a second finals running.
The Bayern Munich man has netted five goals so far in Brazil, and sits one goal behind James Rodriguez. Muller scored the important first goal against Brazil in the semi final and is 9/2 (5.50) to score first and 7/5 (2.40) to score anytime.
Andre Schurrle and Toni Kroos both netted twice against Brazil and are 21/10 (3.10) and 14/5 (3.80) respectively to net anytime with William Hill.
Despite being kept quiet against Netherlands, Lionel Messi has been the main source for goals this competition for Argentina this World Cup. The Barcelona star has netted four goals and is 9/2 (5.50) joint favourite to score first and 6/4 (2.50) to net anytime.
|Thomas Muller to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 7/5 (2.40) with William Hill|
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