Germany vs. Argentina betting odds, World Cup final prediction

Laurence Griffiths

Germany will prove too powerful for Argentina in the World Cup final. They are favored to win the crown and become the first European team to win a World Cup on South American soil.

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Germany is coming off their historic 7-1 win over host Brazil in the semifinals and they are favored to repeat their 1990 World Cup Final victory over Argentina Sunday.

Sportsbooks monitored by had World Cup betting odds for the final with Germany at +120, Argentina at +240 and a draw line of +230.

Thomas Müller, who has five goals for the second straight World Cup becoming the first player to do so, and Miroslav Klose, who became the highest scoring World Cup player in history with a goal facing Brazil, lead the German offense.

The German attack will be facing an Argentina defense that has been in top form in the knockout stage and did not allow a shot on goal in the first 70 minutes in their semifinal win over the Netherlands.

One reason the Germans have looked so impressive is their stellar play in the midfield with the trio of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira and Philipp Lahm, the latter of which has since been moved back to his natural right back position. Argentina did not look great in that area of the pitch in the semifinal and if they don't improve against the Germans, they could be on their heels all game.

Argentina has Lionel Messi, who remains the third betting choice to win the Golden Boot, but the offense is not the reason the squad has advanced to the final. In the three matches for the South American nation in the knockout phase, they have not conceded a single goal.

Messi and Gonzalo Higuain, who scored the lone goal in the quarterfinals facing Belgium, will be facing Germany goalie Manuel Neuer, who should win the Golden Glove award. He has been superb in and out of the box and he leads the German defense that has conceded two goals in the three knockout stage matches.

This match will be a close one, but Germany simply is too deep and talented.

They have a taste for goals after their last outing and stopping them will be very difficult. We see a 2-0 victory for Germany to top their 1-0 victory from 1990.

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