World Cup Odds
And then there were two… Argentina and Germany are left to battle it out for the World Cup title, and this is the third time that this has happened. Argentina found glory against West Germany in 1986, but the West Germans got their revenge the next time around in 1990.
These two teams have taken shockingly similar paths to reach this point. Though the Argentines didn't have to come through nearly as tough of a group as Germany did, both teams basically toyed with their competition in the opening three matches. Both had to play against undermanned opponents in the Round of 16, and both were almost needlessly pushed to extra time. Both were dominating in quarterfinal ties in spite of the low scores.
That's about all that's similar about these clubs, though, and that's what should make this duel on the World Cup betting odds all the more interesting.
The Germans attack in waves, and a number of different men get their foot on the ball in scoring positions, as we saw in the blitz against Brazil. Argentina prefers to use its assault right up top with Lionel Messi, who very well could be the best player in the world. He's the man of the tournament as we see it right now, but we know that he won't win the Golden Boot on the World Cup gambling odds because he hasn't actually put the ball in the back of the net since the knockout rounds began.
On top of that, Germany is going to try to beat the World Cup wagering odds with a hulking defense and a dominating midfield. Argentina's defenders tend to get a bit more freedom to run throughout the pitch, especially off of the wings. The Germans had problems with that against both Ghana and the United States early on in the tournament at times, and the Argentines could provide the same sort of challenge.
World Cup Prediction – Yes, Germany may have just put together the most impressive 90 minutes of soccer in the history of this sport, but we can't just overreact to what we just saw. Brazil may have had the home field advantage, but it never had the best side in the world, especially with Neymar and Thiago Silva out of the fold. Remember that South American teams virtually always fare well in South American tournaments, and the four times in the past that South American teams have played against European teams in the World Cup Final in either South America or in Mexico, the South American team has won. We'll hitch our wagon to Messi and the Argentines for one more moment of magic.
Back Argentina To Win the World Cup