World Cup 2014 Final: Big-Money Bets and Predictions for Germany vs. Argentina

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World Cup 2014 Final: Big-Money Bets and Predictions for Germany vs. Argentina
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First and foremost, the World Cup final is a celebration of the sport's strongest footballing nations, but it also represents the opportunity to make a little something back for all those hours of loyal viewing.

Sunday evening will see Germany and Argentina face off at the Maracana in what many predict will be a tight affair, but only once the action gets underway will we know the game's course of action.

In the build-up to the Rio de Janeiro clash, we've compiled a selection of the most enticing odds for the greatest fixture in any football calendar.

All odds come courtesy of Oddschecker.com.

 

Sky-High Scoring

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With Argentina having seen out what was the more boring of the two semi-finals, beating the Netherlands on penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes, it's not outside the realms of possibility that another low-scoring affair will follow on Sunday.

However, it wasn't long ago that Alejandro Sabella's men edged a 3-2 win over Nigeria, showing that this side is very capable of conceding in decent numbers.

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Oddschecker have the game as high as 10-1 for the two teams to produce more than 4.5 goals, drawing the attention for a low-stake bet, while the even more adventurous can find odds of 25-1 for there to be more than 5.5 goals.

Alternatively, you can back any one player to see the majority of the scoring delights, with Thomas Mueller and Lionel Messi priced at 11-1 and 12-1, respectively, to score two goals or more.

 

Man of the Match

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Only the sternest of characters are capable of winning Man of the Match on a stage such as this, but the fact is that any individual taking part is capable of claiming the plaudits.

The likes of the aforementioned Mueller and Messi will rake in the applause should they succeed in their scoring exploits, but Manuel Neuer could be superb value at 10-1, per Oddschecker, having been a pivotal figure thus far in Die Mannschaft's campaign.

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Argentina are currently underdogs for the encounter, but should they be able to keep the Germans at bay, Javier Mascherano is likely to play a big part in it, and at 16-1, there's ripe chance to make money off his display.

OptaJohan show just how involved Mascherano has been as the crown in Sabella's midfield:

And, for the lower-sum bets, Philipp Lahm could also be worth a punt at 33-1, having maintained his spot as Germany's humble leader, and if there were ever a time to contribute a star performance, this would certainly be it.

 

Prediction

Germany have a magnificent chance to become the first European nation ever to claim a World Cup in South America, but there remains an air of creeping doubt about the whole scenario.

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Argentina, fighting it out in the Maracana—the most prestigious ground of their closest rivals—is a storyline that also brings an aura of fate, and at 13-5, La Albiceleste could be worth backing.

Should matters go to extra time, which both teams have already experienced at the competition, Sabella's men could have a slight advantage, although a 120-minute performance in midweek may hurt their stamina.

All in all, though, this is a test of will as much as it is talent, and there is a crop of extremely determined characters in the South American squad that may trump those of their German counterparts.

Prediction: Germany 1-1 Argentina (Argentina win in extra time)

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