2014 World Cup Final Betting: Germany vs Argentina Preview

germany-vs-argentina-world-cupWhat began with 32 teams is now down to just two as Germany and Argentina will meet in the 2014 World Cup Final. If you’re looking to watch the much-anticipated match and/or do some 2014 Word Cup Final betting, keep in mind that it kicks off at 3pm ET tomorrow (July 13th).

The Germans are really coming into this match with some major buzz after their 7-1 dismantling of Brazil. The host country was shell-shocked as Germany quickly scored four goals within the first 10 minutes, then cruised to the biggest World Cup semifinal blowout in history. Sure Brazil was without Neymar and Thiago Silva, their two best players, but this team was still expected to put up a fight in front of their home crowd.

As for Argentina, their path to the Final was much more discreet. First, it took them extra time to earn a 1-0 victory over Switzerland in the round of 16. They then earned another 1-0 win over Belgium in the quarterfinals. Their run was completed after playing the Netherlands to a scoreless draw, then winning 4-2 on penalty kicks. Compared to the shocker that Germany delivered the day before, many considered Argentina’s victory to be a pretty mundane affair.

Given everything that we’ve discussed up to this point, it should be little surprise that the Germans are favored on many 2014 World Cup betting lines, including ours at GTBets.eu. But is this team really such an overwhelming favorite to win their fourth-ever title at the World Cup? Or will Argentina be hoisting their third-career Cup trophy? Let’s try to make some sense of it all by looking at the following points.

Germany has their Full Lineup

germany-vs-argentina-world-cup-1One thing that really goes in favor of the Germans is that their team is healthy. The match against Brazil was far from grueling, which means that we’ll see the same fearsome lineup, including record-breaking striker Miroslav Klose along with Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil providing support. About the only injury problem with this team is Defender Mats Hummels, who’s dealing with tendinitis but is still expected to start.

As for the Argentines, they’re not in as bad of shape as Brazil was, but they still have some worries ahead. Midfielder Angel Di Maria is doing some light training now, but he’s not expected to start because of a thigh injury. Left-back Marcos Rojo has a sore ankle and was very limited in Friday’s practice, although he’s expected to play. On the bright side, forward Sergio Aguero is now healthy and available to start in place of Ezequiel Lavezzi or Gonzalo Higuain.

Argentina has History on their Side…Just Not Recently

If you want to factor history into Germany vs Argentina betting, then the latter has an edge here. The two sides have played 15 international matches against each other, with Argentina getting the better end at 9 wins to 6 losses.

In more recent times, though, Germany has had the upper hand. Playing on their home soil at the 2006 World Cup, the Germans defeated Argentina on penalty kicks. At the 2010 Cup, Die Mannschaft completely dominated the Diego Maradonna-coached Argentines to the tune of 4-0. This humiliating loss convinced Maradonna to step down as the international team coach. Taking this loss into account, could Argentina be focused on revenge?

Both Players have Star Power

lionel-messiAlong with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi is one of the world’s top two soccer players. And he’s done nothing to disprove this thought by scoring four goals at this year’s World Cup, tying him for third with Neymar.

But don’t expect Germany to be starstruck because they have elite players of their own. Thomas Muller has scored five goals thus far, ranking second behind Columbia’s James Rodriguez. There’s also André Schürrle and Miroslav Klose, who’ve scored 3 and 2 goals respectively. Klose’s two goals have allowed him to become the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer with 16.

So who’s going to win?

Germany comes into this match with the complete team that’s capable of domination, as they more than showed against Brazil. But Argentina plays good defense and is always a threat to score, thanks to Messi. So this definitely doesn’t look to be another opponent that Germany will steam roll. However, we still think that this is the Germans’ year and like the following to happen:

Germany wins by a score of 2-1

2014 World Cup Betting: Brazil’s Chances without Neymar

neymar-brazil-injuryYesterday, Brazil advanced to the 2014 World Cup semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Columbia. It was an ugly match marred by 54 total fouls, however, the host country was still able to win and keep their title hopes alive.

But if Brazil is to win on their home soil, they’ll have to do it without their best player, Neymar. The 22-year-old striker saw his Cup end early when Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zuniga jumped for a header and delivered a knee to his back. Hours after being carried off on a stretcher in tears, Neymar would learn that he had a fractured vertebrae. And while he’ll be healed in four weeks’ time, this is more than enough to keep the young star out of the remaining World Cup.

Brazil is no doubt a talented team, but they certainly can’t be looking forward to life without Neymar. After all, he scored four goals in five World Cup Finals matches this summer, tying Lionel Messi and Thomas Muller for second thus far. So now the question remains what the Brazilians will do heading into a tough semifinals match against Germany.

Can Anybody fill Neymar’s Cleats?

neymar-brazil-injury-1Could anybody for Brazil match the speed, dribbling skills and shooting of Neymar? Certainly not, which means that this team can’t simply do a lineup shift or bring somebody off the bench to fill such a huge hole. However, they’re going to have to do something different because they aren’t the same squad without Neymar.

They will be given a boost, however, when Luiz Gustavo returns to the lineup. The defensive midfielder had to sit out against Columbia after receiving a second yellow card. As for who’ll provide some offense in Neymar’s absence, Willian Borges da Silva could get the call. He’s got speed, athleticism and dribbling ability, which might pay dividends against the Germans.

Oscar could be playing up top without the team’s superstar available, with Fred and Hulk playing alongside him. This isn’t Brazil’s optimal attacking lineup, but it’s still good enough to compete with Germany and make up for losing one of the world’s best players. This team also gains strength from the fact that they’re playing at home.

Brazil vs Germany Betting Prediction

While we say that the Brazilians still have a chance, they’ll also be dealing with two major handicaps. Besides Neymar’s injury, captain Thiago Silva made a very uncaptain-like move by picking up his second yellow card against Columbia. it was a needless foul and one that will keep the midfielder off the pitch on Tuesday, July 8th.

Meanwhile, Germany will be entering the match with no major injuries or suspensions. Plus, they cruised to a relatively easy 1-0 victory over France in the quarterfinals. Keeping both missing players and fatigue in mind, we like Germany to win 2-1.