Sunday sees Germany and Argentina square off in the 2014 World Cup final.
The arch-enemy of hosts Brazil could do the unthinkable and lift the World Cup trophy in what is widely considered the home of football.
Germany stand in the South Americans way though and are rightfully favourites to win the trophy for a fourth time to put them on par with Italy and only one behind record holders Brazil.
Joachim Löw’s side demolished Brazil in the semi-final to become odds-on favourites to win the 2014 World Cup and become the first European side to do so in South America.
The Germans are great in all areas and even have an abundance of talent on their subs bench. Miroslav Klose became the World Cup record goalscorer in the semi-final, whilst the movement of Thomas Müller makes him very difficult to defend.
Toni Kroos has been a creative threat in this tournament and also bagged a brace against Brazil. On the left of him in midfield is Mesut Özil, who on is day is capable of opening up the best defences. His World Cup has seen few highlights though.
Müller will be supported by attacking full-back Philipp Lahm on the right wing. The Bayern Munich needs one goal to virtually secure his second World Cup Golden Boot and become the first player ever to do so.
In reserve, Löw can also call upon Mario Götze, Lukas Podolski, André Schürrle and Julian Draxler.
Argentina’s defence has tightened up since the group stage where it looked leaky. They have kept clean sheets in all three of their knock-out ties, against Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. Alejandro Sabella’s got them more organised since Martín Demichelis replaced Federico Fernández in the middle after the second round.
The South Americans though, have looked largely unimpressive going forward despite the World Class players they have on show. Lionel Messi was kept under control by the Dutch, mainly by fouling him time and time again.
Sergio Agüero got over half an hour against the Netherlands in the last round, whilst Ángel di María could return from an injury that had originally ruled him out for the rest of the tournament. Gonzalo Higuaín scored a great instinctive winner in the quarter-final but this unit has yet to click yet and face a very difficult proposition of doing so against Germany.
Lionel Messi is the only player in the Argentina squad with more than one goal in this tournament. Germany have goalscorers over the park – Thomas Müller (5), André Schürrle (3), Miroslav Klose (2) Toni Kroos (2) and Mats Hummels (2) all have more than one goal, whilst Mario Götze, Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira have all scored too.
We cannot see Argentina matching up to the strength of Germany.
Germany were 1-0 winners over Argentina in 1986 but with the counter-attacking ability of this side I think they will win by a bigger margin this time.
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