Hours before the start of the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, Germany remains the favorite among oddsmakers to beat Argentina.
The Germans and manager Joachim Low are hoping to secure the country’s fourth World Cup, and according to Bovada.lv, the betting line is still in its favor at +115 to win in regulation. Argentina’s line is +250.
Though neither team has lost a match in the tournament, Germany’s offense has overpowered opponents for 17 goals, and is riding high after pasting host-nation Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals.
Low’s side also fields four players in contention for the prestigious Golden Ball, the award given to the best player of the tournament. Defender and captain Philipp Lahm and midfielders Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller have all been nominated, with Muller netting five goals.
The Argentines will also send out several of the world’s best players, with forward Lionel Messi leading the charge. Messi’s scored four goals during the best World Cup of his career but hasn’t hit the back of the net since the group stage.
Messi is joined by midfielders Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano, with the former scoring the winning goal against Switzerland in the Round of 16.
Argentina is seeking its third World Cup title and first since 1986 but enters the match as the underdog for the first time in the tournament.
The two sides have met twice before in the final, with Germany winning the last 1-0 in 1990. Sunday’s match isn’t expected to be very high-scoring either, with the over/under set at two goals.
Start Time: The game kicks off Sunday at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro 3 p.m. EST.
Over/Under: 2 goals