Past points towards more success for record-breakers Germany
From the last time these two final opponents faced each other at a World Cup, 20 players across both sides are still in the current squads (11 from Germany and nine from Argentina).
The score that day in the quarters in South Africa was 4-0 in favour of Die Mannschaft and, bearing in mind they just slaughtered this tournament’s hosts Brazil 7-1 in the final four, that result from four years ago is a tempting 70/1.
Remarkably, 10 players from that 4-0 win in Cape Town over La Albiceleste featured against the Samba Boys this semi-final, with only Lukas Podolski from the current squad an unused substitute in Belo Horizonte.
Of Joachim Low’s lads from 2010, recent record-breaking World Cup scorer Miroslav Klose, now on 16 from four finals, bagged a brace in that encounter, and the Polish-born frontman, who started against Brazil, is 10/1 to get two or over once more. The current Lazio player also has a goal to his name against Argentina in the last tournament, again in the quarters, and is 15/8 to net anytime in 90 minutes.
Thomas Muller, meanwhile, was also on the scoresheet that day, hitting the opener. The Bayern Munich attacker, 24, seemingly now has his sights set on bettering Klose’s tally as he’s now on 10 from his two finals, and five this World Cup. Muller is 5/1 to net first again, and 9/4 second-favourite to finish the tournament as top scorer – surpassing Colombian James Rodriguez’s effort of six.
Coral offer a special bet of 6/1 for both Klose and Muller to be on target in normal time once more, and an odds-on price of 8/11 for any Bayern player to get a goal. Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos – who netted twice against Brazil – and Mario Gotze are all in contention for the latter bet.
Another Munich star Manuel Neuer has arguably been the best goalie in the Brazil finals, and is up against tough competition from the manoeuvrable Mexican Guillermo Ochoa and Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas. But the German has kept three clean sheets in his six matches, letting in just four, and his his nation are 11/8 not to concede in 90 minutes again, and 12/5 to win to nil.
Low’s lads are odds-on at 8/11 to lift their fourth World Cup trophy and first under the unified Germany banner. They are also bidding to become the first non-South American side to win the tournament in the Americas, and are 11/8 for victory in 90 minutes.