2014 FIFA World Cup: Germany vs Argentina Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/13/14
Germany (5-0-1) vs. Argentina (5-0-1)
World Cup: Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Germany +130 See the Latest Odds
Germany and Argentina take centre stage on Sunday in the final matchup of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with the victor claiming international football glory for the next four years.
Germany head into this matchup as the favourite thanks in large part to their 7-1 thrashing of the hosts from Brazil in what many are classifying as the worst loss in World Cup history and while a large part of the credit has to go to the Germans for how well they played, an equal amount lands on the Brazilians for how poor they were. Germany were up 5-0 by the 30th minute which is unprecedented in any football match let alone a World Cup semifinals against one of the best teams in the tournament and one that had a distinct home field advantage but it was evident all throughout the match that Brazil was missing Neymar and Thiago Silva. The Germans had been criticised back home for their underwhelming performance through the group stage and their narrow victories over Algeria and France to get to the semis but I think we saw the real German team against Brazil and that is one that is the best squad on the planet. The Germans will have to battle through another largely disproportional crowd as the majority will be supporting Argentina but with this being in Brazil and the South American neighbours having such a fierce rivalry with each other on the football pitch I can see this being a pro-German crowd at times.
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Argentina find themselves in the World Cup finals after they held off the Dutch in penalty kicks in what was a highly entertaining match but one that was a scoreless draw thanks to both teams knowing exactly what their opponent was trying to do. It is disappointing to see a game end in spot kicks sometimes but the Dutch were lucky to get through the quarterfinals in the shootout against Costa Rica so they can’t be too hasty by being dealt a reversal of fortune against Argentina. Lionel Messi is the best player in the world and has been brilliant in this World Cup and many think that this is his stage to finally break out internationally with a “Cup or bust” mentality surrounding this Argentine side. While Messi is undoubtedly the best player in this match it is the German side that has a deeper talent pool and one to me that has played the better football in this tournament. There hasn’t really been one moment in this World Cup aside from the Messi strike against Iran where I sat back and wowed over how good Argentina is whereas we have all been treated to that spectacle on a number of occasions with Germany. While Argentina may have the value and the home field edge I am sticking to my pre-tournament pick and siding with the Germans to get the victory.