Germany v Argentina Odds & Betting Tips – World Cup 2014 Betting
Germany v Argentina Betting Preview – World Cup 2014
The final match of what has been arguably the best World Cup ever, with a full on commitment to attacking football. Things have tightened up naturally in the knockout stages, but Germany,with their 7-1 blitz over host nation Brazil in the semi final, are the red hot favourites now to go all the way and lift the title. They are in the World Cup Final for the eighth time in their history, having reached this stage on more occasions than any other nation ever. They are gunning for their fourth World Cup title and are carrying form, unbeaten in their last 17 internationals now, winning twelve.
The Germans have only won one of their last four World Cup final appearances, which was back in 1990 against Argentina. This will actually be the third World Cup final between the two nations, the honours standing even at 1-1. Those matches were part of six previous meetings between the two nations at the World Cup, with Germany having lost just one of those matches. Four years ago at South Africa 2010, Germany thrashed the Albiceleste 4-0 in the quarter finals, and that equalled Argentina’s heaviest World Cup defeat.
The overall head to head between the two nations stands in favour of the Argentineans though as they have won nine out of 20 meetings overall. The last time that they came together was back in 2012, a game which Argentina won 3-1. Argentina have kept four clean sheets so far in the tournament, and they haven’t shipped one in the knockout stages so far, and that includes two of their three games having gone to extra time. Their defence could be the key to this, because the last five World Cup matches that Germany have failed to score in, they have lost. They are back in the World Cup final for the fifth time, winning two. Argentina have taken a slow and pragmatic approach to the World Cup, happy enough to win by the narrowest of margins. They will be harder to break down than Brazil were.
Argentina haven’t been behind yet in this year’s competition and they have won four of their five penalty shoot outs that they have faced in their World Cup history. There are special players on show here, with Lionel Messi (7/4 in the anytime goalscorer market) being the tournament’s most creative player in terms of creating goal scoring chances. Messi however has scored five career World Cup goals and none of them have been in the knockout stage of the competition., there is the World Cup’s leading goalscorer of all time Miroslav Klose and Thomas Muller, who has repeated his five goal haul from four years ago. He could be the first ever player to win successive Golden Boots. Muller has had a hand in 16 World Cup goals in 12 appearances.
Germany v Argentina Odds
Online betting site Paddy Power still have their Penalty shoot out coverage running for this match. If the game goes to a shoot out then the bookmaker will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast singles on the match.
Germany v Argentina Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals because of Argentina’s lean defence and occasion
Thomas Muller is 2/1 value in the anytime goalscorer market