RIO DE JANEIRO (Sporting Alert) — Germany head into Sunday’s World Cup final as the favourites to beat Argentina and lift the trophy in the back yard of a South American team.
The three-time World Cup champions hammered hosts Brazil 7-1 to book their place in the final, while Argentina had to work hard for their place – picking up a penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands after the teams ended 0-0 in 120 minutes of football.
Heading into the final, Germany are the new 13/10 favourites to win, this after replacing Argentina as the team attracting the most of the money in the run up to the final. Argentina have odds at 5/2, while the draw is at 9/4.
Sky Bet has Germany winning in extra-time at 9/1, while Argentina are at 12/1.
In other interesting odds coming into the World Cup final, Argentina’s captain Lionel Messi and Germany forward Thomas Muller are both at 11/2 to score opening the goal.
Messi has so far scored four goals at this World Cup, but hasn’t scored since the round of 16. Muller has scored five goals in six games, including a hat trick against Portugal in the opener.
Both players still trail Colombia’s playmaker James Rodriguez, who leads the World Cup scoring chart with six goals.
After scoring against Brazil, Muller is now being back at 3/1 to take over as the lead goal scorer, while Messi starts the game with a 16/1 chance.