Germany and Argentina have been among the betting favorites to win the 2014 World Cup, since before the tournament began. On Sunday, the two teams will meet in the final.
Until Neymar suffered his injury, Brazil had the best odds to win the World Cup. For months, Germany and Argentina have ranked as the second and third favorites to claim the championship.
For the first time in the 2014 World Cup, Argentina is not favored to win their match. Bovada.lv has listed the betting odds of Germany winning the final in regulation time at +120. They have significantly better odds than Argentina, who comes in at +240. The moneyline odds for a draw in regulation are +230. Germany’s betting odds of winning in regulation or extra time are set at -165, while Argentina comes in at +135.
Betting on either team to win the World Cup in March could have been a lucrative investment. If Germany is victorious, a $100 bet on them would have been worth $500. A $100 wager on a victorious Argentina would win a gambler $450.
A few dominant performances has given Germany the edge over Argentina. They beat Portugal 4-0 in their opener, but more importantly, they had the tournament’s most one-sided victory in their semifinal match. On Tuesday, Germany defeated the host nation 7-1, as they ended Brazil’s hopes in just the 29th minute with their fifth goal.
Unlike Germany, Argentina has won all of their matches in the 2014 World Cup. They didn’t have any dominant performances, though, as they won their first five matches by one goal and needed a shootout to advance past the semifinals.
Even though Germany is favored, history is not on their side. No European nation has won a World Cup that was played in South America.
The last two World Cup finals has seen the favorite come out on top. Italy was expected to beat France in 2006, while Spain was favored over the Netherlands four years ago.