Germany vs. Argentina: World Cup 2014 Final Form Guide, Live Stream, Predictions

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Germany vs. Argentina: World Cup 2014 Final Form Guide, Live Stream, Predictions
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Germany have to be seen as favourites for Sunday's 2014 World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro after they humbled hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals. 

Joachim Low's side have arguably been the best side throughout the tournament despite a couple of laboured performances against Ghana and Algeria.

Argentina on the other hand have stuttered on their way to the final, playing out a drab 0-0 draw with the Dutch in their semi-final and seeing themselves through in a penalty shootout.

Read on for a full look at the form guide as well as live streaming information and predictions for the match.

 

Date: Sunday, July 13

Time: 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET

TV Info: BBC1/ITV (UK), ABC (U.S.)

Live Stream: BBC iPlayer/ITV Player, ESPN Player

 

Form Guide

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There is no contest when it comes to who has the better immediate form, the German battering of the hosts was one of the finest performances seen in recent years at an international tournament, per the Mirror's John Cross:

Conversely, the Argentinian performance in their last-four clash was largely uninspiring, and they have not looked brilliant at any point throughout the tournament.

Despite winning all of their group games, they were rescued on at least two occasions by the inimitable Lionel Messi and failed to beat Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina or Iran by more than a one-goal margin.

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In the last-16, it took them until the 118th minute to down Switzerland. A 1-0 victory over Belgium in the quarter-finals signalled an improvement, but they could not have been described as scintillating.

Germany, meanwhile, opened proceedings in their group with a 4-0 thrashing of Portugal before drawing 2-2 with Ghana and beating the USA 1-0.

They eventually saw off a spirited Algeria side—winning 2-1 after extra-time—and in the last-eight beat France 1-0 in a confident display, per the Mirror's Oliver Holt:

Germany are tournament specialists and look to be getting better and better. Argentina have seemingly yet to come out of their shells. Based on form, there is only one winner.

It will be the third time the two sides have met in a World Cup final, the previous two giving little indication as to who has the edge per Bleacher Report UK:

 

Predictions

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Argentina's most realistic chance of winning is if Messi puts in an inspired performance. As he has shown on numerous occasions for club and country, he can win a game on his own.

However, the Netherlands kept him very quiet in the semi-finals, per football writer Tariq Panja, and with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira in the side, Germany should be expected to do the same:

Thomas Muller is currently just one goal behind Colombia's James Rodriguez in the race for the Golden Boot—having scored five—but has one more assist, per BBC Sport.

Thus, a single goal more for Muller would see him claim the award for the second consecutive tournament, a record per beIN Sports' Nicola Crosby:

The 24-year-old is Germany's most potent attacking threat, and he should bag an historic goal on Sunday.

After the semi-final performances, there is no looking past Germany as winners in Rio and, after a spectacular World Cup, they would be deserved winners.

Final Score Prediction: Germany to win 2-1 and claim a fourth World Cup victory 

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