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World Cup Bracket 2014: Odds and Predictions for Final Day in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 03:  A general view of Brazuca and the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Maracana before the adidas Brazuca launch at Parque Lage on December 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazuca is the Official Match Ball for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. Tonight adidas revealed brazuca to the world in the stunning setting of Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. The reveal was part of a spectacular light projection supported by global footballers Seedorf, Hernane and FIFA World Cup Winner Cafu. Hundreds of guests and celebrities were treated to this one off experience, which launched the Official FIFA World Cup Ball for Brazil 2014. For more information visit: news.adidas.com/worldcupOMB  (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images for adidas)
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Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2014

This is it—World Cup final time.

Thirty-two teams kicked off the tournament in Brazil one month ago, but now, just two remain—both potentially just a few hours away from football’s most-coveted prize.

Germany and Argentina, two of international football’s titans, face off at the famous Estadio do Maracana on Sunday, and here, we take a look at the match odds and predict how it could play out in Rio de Janeiro.

2014 World Cup Final Odds
FinalHome OddsDraw OddsAway Odds
Germany vs. Argentina129-1009-4263-100
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Trophy No. 4 on the Way for Germany

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08:  Thomas Mueller (obscured) of Germany celebrates with his team-mates (L-R) Philipp Lahm, Benedikt Hoewedes, Jerome Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Mats Hummels of Germany after scoring the opening goal
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No disrespect to Argentina, but just how is it possible to stop this Germany team?

Though three-time champions, the Germans remain the World Cup’s nearly men, having reached at least the semi-finals in the three tournaments prior to Brazil’s instalment.

This year’s different, though, as Joachim Low has put together the kind of side that can go the extra mile and lift the trophy; and if you need any evidence of that, just watch their thrashing of Brazil in the semi-final again.

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08:  Sami Khedira of Germany celebrates with his team-mates after scoring their fifth goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizont
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Brazil were far from impressive as the host nation, sure, but few could have expected just how much of a thrashing they were going to endure against the Germans.

The scary thing for Argentina fans is, the 7-1 scoreline was rather generous on Brazil in the end, as Germany possibly deserved a bit more from the game.

Even the Brazilian fans accepted just how good Low’s men were, with Oliver Holt of the Mirror reporting that some supporters had switched allegiances:

It’s hardly surprising, though, as Germany have undoubtedly played the best football in Brazil and would be worthy winners should they lift the trophy on Sunday.

They’re under no pressure to do so according to midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, too, who said at a press conference that his squad can handle the big occasion—per FIFA.com:

We're looking forward to it. There's huge anticipation and joy. We have no pressure. We have lots of players among the 23 who've played in important finals and we know how to handle that. We have Miroslav Klose, who played in the final in 2002. Other players have played in finals with their clubs and have produced outstanding performances.

We just have to think about the job we have to do. When the referee blows his whistle, we just have to concentrate on what makes us strong. Everything else around the game, we can take it in, but we have to keep it at a distance. Your head must be clear and concentrating only on football.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 12:  Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany talks with the media during a press conference ahead of the World Cup Final at Maracana on July 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Germany are the masters of letting their football do the talking, and even an Argentina side with Lionel Messi in their ranks will have a tough time disposing of them.

Likewise with Brazil, the Argentines haven’t exactly lived up to their billing as pre-tournament favourites on the performance front, but fans will be hoping that they’ve saved their best until last—and let’s face it, they’ll need their best against Germany, too.

Once again, Argentina will turn to Messi to fire them to glory, despite the knockout stages not being too kind to him this year.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09:  Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates defeating the Netherlands in a shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Bra
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Though the Barcelona man has four goals in the tournament so far, he’s failed to find the net since the group stage and his performance against Netherlands in the semi-final won’t give Argentina much cause for optimism.

He failed to make an impact against the stubborn Dutch defence, and Ron Vlaar appeared to have full control of Messi for the duration.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09: Lionel Messi of Argentina is challenged by Ron Vlaar of the Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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However, the 27-year-old is the kind of player that can change a game in an instant, and David Beckham told Adidas football’s YouTube channel that he’s looking forward to seeing him play on the biggest stage of them all—per FIFA.com:

It's just amazing that these two teams have come together. Germany came to the tournament with great experience, people are not too surprised they've got as far as this. There's no particular star, they've just a great group that play well together. Argentina have a group of talented players who play with a lot of passion, but Lionel, I'm just excited to see him play.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09:  Lionel Messi of Argentina shoots and scores a goal in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Whether or not Messi can hold the World Cup trophy aloft and be considered among the greats of football remains to be seen, but his side certainly require a big step up to make that happen.

Germany’s last World Cup triumph came in 1990 when they beat the Argentinians 1-0 in the final. Another closely fought game is expected at the famous Maracana, but the Germans just have enough to cross the line.

Prediction: Germany 2-1 Argentina

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