Germany vs. Argentina Betting: 5 Reasons Germans Will Take Home the Trophy ColumnistJuly 12, 2014

Germany's Andre Schuerrle celebrates with Thomas Mueller after Mesut Ozil scored his side's second goal in extra time during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Germany and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Monday, June 30, 2014. Germany defeated Algeria 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinals.  (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Germany crushed Brazil in the semifinals 7-1 and they come into this final full of confidence but not over-confident.

They have looked great all over the pitch in the knockout-stage matches and they are the World Cup betting favorite in this finals.

Sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark had Germany at nearly even odds with Argentina posted at 5-2 and a draw line (after regulation time) of 9-4.

Here are five reasons why Germany will win the final, with a 2-0 prediction from Odds Shark (which pays out 8-1 odds as an exact-score wager).


In Top Form

Being in top form for the final will be key for the Germans and they cannot be any more confident in this match after the epic thrashing of hosts Brazil 7-1. In that match, they could do no wrong and they are a chain with no weak links.



The German offense is led by a couple of players that made history in the Brazil match. Thomas Mueller scored his fifth goal for the second straight World Cup, becoming the first player to ever achieve that mark. Miroslav Klose became the highest-scoring World Cup player ever with his goal against Brazil.

Mueller can catch and pass James Rodriguez of Colombia as the Golden Boot winner as well, which gives the Germans some additional motivation. He is 5-2 on the Golden Boot odds list, according to

They also have history on their side in knowing they defeated Argentina in the 1990 cup final.


The Midfield

Germany have looked great in the midfield and their trio of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos is playing great. The Germans should control the ball possession facing an Argentina midfield that is decent but not nearly as good as the Germans'.



Manuel Neuer has been terrific leading the defense in the tournament. It would be a minor shock if he did not win the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalie. Neuer has not only been great inside the box, but he has come out many times to save his defense.


Physical Defenders

While Argentina has a smaller and faster attack, led by Lionel Messi, they will have problems facing a big and physical German defense led by Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng. The Germans will keep Argentina from scoring on set pieces and crosses because of their size.

The bigger players will give Messi and company troubles, especially when they get around the box.