Germany v Argentina Betting tips: The World Cup final! Predicted line-ups, essential facts & stats
Germany: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Howedes, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Kroos, Muller & Klose.
Mats Hummels was withdrawn at half-time of the historic 7-1 win over Brazil but is expected to be fit for the World Cup final.
Argentina: Romero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo, Mascherano, Biglia, Perez, Messi, Higuain & Lavezzi.
Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero, both potential starters for Argentina, are expected to start from the bench due to injuries.
101GG Germany v Argentina World Cup final preview
Rio’s iconic Maracana stadium plays host to the final of the 2014 World Cup on Sunday and the eyes of the world will be watching.
Germany go into the final as favourites – how can they not be after that stunning 7-1 semi-final rout of World Cup hosts Brazil?!
It certainly looks like Jogi Low’s side have been building up to this moment, reaching the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup, the final of Euro 2008, the semi-final of the 2010 World Cup and then another semi-final at Euro 2012.
Crucially, many of the Germany team featured four years ago when they routed Argentina 4-0 in the quarter-finals of the last World Cup and Die Mannschaft have knocked the South American side out of the last two tournaments.
The core of this German side have tasted plenty of success at club level with Bayern Munich, memorably thrashing Lionel Messi’s Barcelona on the way to Champions League success in 2012/2013.
Sami Khedira meanwhile could become one of a select number of players that has won a Champions League and World Cup in the same season.
And, ultimately, Germany are playing super football with Thomas Muller closing in on the Golden Boot and Miroslav Klose just crowned all-time top goal scorer in World Cups.
The likes of Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm and Toni Kroos are also in fine fettle going into the final.
But, Argentina are not to be dismissed lightly, after all you don’t get to the World Cup final through luck alone.
Lionel Messi shined brightly in the group stages with four goals in three games and all eyes will be on the Barcelona forward as he looks to leave a permanent legacy at international level, much like Diego Maradona in 1986.
In the knockout stages, Argentina have looked very hard to break down and beat with Ezequiel Garay bringing his Benfica form to Brazil. Manchester City defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis have also performed well.
Javier Mascherano was widely seen as the hero of Argentina’s semi-final win over Holland, making a stunning challenge on Arjen Robben with seconds left of normal time.
And, Alejandro Sabella has amazing talent up front to call upon. Gonzalo Higuain’s finish against Belgium was sublime and if Sergio Aguero is fit, he is one of the top strikers in world football.
It seems unlikely that Argentina will capitulate like Brazil – they are yet to go behind throughout the whole World Cup so far. They will also have a huge support in and around the ground with 100,000 Argentines predicted to be in Rio on Sunday.
The world’s best player takes on the best international side. We fancy Germany to come out on top, but it won’t be easy!
101gg prediction: Germany 2 – Argentina 1.
Some essential facts & stats to help with online betting on the The World Cup final: Germany v Argentina
Germany v Argentina is now the fixture that has been played most times in the World Cup final. Here are the results so far:
Argentina 3 – Germany 2, World Cup final 1986.
Germany 1 – Argentina 0, World Cup final 1990.
Germany have scored a whopping 17 goals in six matches at the World Cup so far.
Argentina have scored 8 goals in six matches at the World Cup.
Argentina have not conceded a goal for 313 minutes, when Ahmed Musa scored Nigeria’s second goal in their final group game.
Argentina have yet to go behind at the World Cup so far.
Germany have been behind at the World Cup for only 8 minutes, during their second group game against Ghana.
Thomas Muller is locked on 5 goals with Colombia’s James Rodriguez. The Bayern Munich striker will become the first player ever to win back to back Golden Boots at the World Cup.
The last time these two sides met, in August 2012, Argentina beat Germany 3-1 in an international friendly in Frankfurt, both Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi were on the scoresheet.
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