Germany vs Argentina World Cup Preview
Germany vs Argentina represents a unique final where both teams have struggled in the past few World Cups but were always given credit for being contenders but just not getting the job done. Now both teams have at least got the job done enough to make it to the finals. It features a German team that in it’s history has won 3 World Cups while Argentina is a 2 time champion as well. Germany doesn’t have the single star player that Argentina has in Lionel Messi. Even though Thomas Muller has more goals than Messi, the German squad has poured in goals from all positions and after their 7-1 drubbing of the host nation Brazil, the Germans are considered to be the most solid team in the tournament.
The last game for Germany was more than just a victory, it was 7-1 against Brazil in their own back yard. The Germans, for their part, are saying to not get ahead of themselves with the result other than that they are playing in the finals and know they have a solid squad that can beat anybody. They seem to be getting better as each game in the tournament happens.
The Argentinians have been pulling off close games the whole tournament and many have said they haven’t looked so great either. Against the Netherlands they played a tough match and were able to take the 0-0 game to penalty kicks where they were able to score the first 4 goals while goalie Romero made 2 saves. The Dutch were a very tough team and a victory over them was a statement despite winning just on penalty kicks.
At least Argentina know that they haven’t played the best in the tournament but are in the finals and only need one strong performance to cement themselves as world champions. It is a classic match of Europe versus South America where it seems the titles are determined by only these 2 continents.
A low scoring final
The last World Cup finals saw only 1 goal in extra time scored by Spain over Netherlands. Despite 7 goals by Germany in their last game, we don’t expect this game to feature many goals. If anything we saw Argentina playing very cautiously and they might want to play just the same so rather than attacking football that could cost them scoring chances, they will want to prevent odd man rushes going the other way. We expect this game to be under 2.5 goals so if you are a betting person then this is probably the easiest bet you can make in the tournament for the last game. In the last 6 World Cup finals, only 1 game has had 3 goals as the rest were 2 or less and you can see the list of world cup finals scores to compare just how close the game should be.
Certainly the top 2 names to mention as goal scoring candidates will be Lionel Messi and Thomas Muller. Both players are of course chasing the tournament goal scoring leader James Rodriguez but it seems that Muller has the only realistic chance of catching the Columbian striker. Germany do possess other strikers and we might expect Miroslav Klose to start another finals match and hopefully he can make up for lost game as he featured in the 2002 defeat to Brazil. For Argentina we don’t know who will start the game as their striker whether it will be Higuain or Aguero. Higuain has featured as the starter often for the team but hasn’t been the pure goal scorer the team was hoping for. On Germany they simply have too many options of which players to play that have contributed goals in the tournament. These players have included Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle and Lukas Podolski. Of course other players that have added in goals are Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and of course their defense like Toni Kroos.