Just over 50 days later, Dusseldorf hosts a repeat of the World Cup final, with our tipster looking through the squads to see who could prove to be the differenceArgentina and Germany meet in a friendly just months after going head-to-head in Brazil at the World Cup Final.
A Mario Gotze goal in extra-time separated the two sides, but the teams which featured on that night will look a little different with a number of players either retiring since Brazil or missing this high profile friendly due to injury.
Argentine star Lionel Messi will miss out on the clash in Dusseldorf after picking up a knock, with Mesut Ozil also struggling with an injury sustained for Arsenal in the build up to this match.
Mario Gomez, who was not in the squad in Brazil, has been called up for the friendly match and should fill the striker void vacated by the outgoing Miroslav Klose, who retired from international football as Germany's leading scorer at World Cup finals. The Fiorentina striker is favourite to open the scoring, with William Hill pricing him at 5/1 (6.00) and 11/8 (2.38) to net anytime.
Another player who missed out on the squad in Brazil after being tipped to excel for his country was Marco Reus, who suffered an injury in the build up to the competition. The Borussia Dortmund man netted last week for his club side and is 6/1 (7.00) to score first and 13/8 (2.63) to score anytime.
Argentina could be short in the attacking department as they approach this match, with Rodrigo Palacio joining Messi on the sidelines and Ezequiel Lavezzi also a doubt. With Sergio Aguero still not 100 per cent fit, the majority of the goalscoring burden could lie on Gonzalo Higuain. William Hill price the Napoli striker at 13/2 (7.50) to score first and 9/5 (2.80) to find the net in 90 minutes.
Thomas Muller starred at the World Cup with five goals and will certainly rival his former team mate Klose’s World Cup record in years to come. The Bayern Munich man has kicked off the season in style, netting twice in three games for Pep Guardiola's side.
The price of him to score anytime at 6/4 (2.50) is certainly worth backing in this fixture, with him to net the first goal at 11/2 (6.50) also tempting for those seeking bigger returns from their bets.
|Thomas Muller to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 6/4 (2.50) with William Hill|
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