Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, July 13 is the venue for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final. A fearsome fusillade of 17 goals in 6 games has been unleashed by the powerful German soccer team in this year’s World Cup as they head into the final. Even discounting the 7, that’s right 7 goals scored against a catatonic Brazilian team this past week, that is a more than respectable 10 goals in 5 games. And though Argentina was counted on for some impressive scoring as well, they uncharacteristically have been using a stout defense to get this far. With Germany probably continuing to employ its high defensive line, a very risky idea in World Cup football action, look for Argentina to press early and often. It is just hard to believe that all that offensive Argentinian talent has scored just 8 goals in 6 games, and with Germany on fire, this could be a high-scoring affair.
Injuries May Play a Big Part for Germany and Argentina
Germany has been relatively healthy throughout this year’s World Cup. However, German defender Mats Hummels is still fighting some nagging tendinitis in his knee. Hummels will almost certainly start the game, one of the biggest of his life, but will be playing with pain Sunday. On football’s biggest stage, players are reluctant to relate to their coach when they are feeling less than 100%. That could lead to a sub-par effort, which Argentina’s powerful forwards will be looking to exploit. On the other side of the field, a big play-maker for Argentina might not make the game. Angel di Maria is currently listed as doubtful, still battling a lingering fight injury suffered in the quarterfinals. Argentina will have to put its best foot forward to defeat the machine-like consistency of the Germans, and that may actually mean keeping Di Maria out of the contest.
Betting the World Cup Championship Game
The Vegas odds on the 2014 World Cup Final shows Germany as a heavy favorite. That team’s dismantling of Brazil in semifinals play is evidently still on the minds of line makers. Bovada is the biggest and most popular legitimate online sports betting site that supports legal US action online. And at the time of this writing, Germany stood as a -170 favorite playing the point spread, as well as +120 on the money line to emerge victorious Sunday. Argentina is showing some value here, as their point spread odds show +140, with a very generous +240 on the money line. Bovada currently offers US bettors 168 team and 16 player proposition World Cup Final bets as well. That site is also offering United States sports bettors 17 / 2 action on an exact final score of Germany winning 2 – 1.
Consolation Game No Consolation for Netherlands or Brazil
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal says it should “never be played.” Embattled Brazil Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari probably agrees. And you couldn’t blame Brazil’s players and fans for feeling the same way. We are speaking of course of the consolation match between Brazil and the Netherlands in this year’s FIFA World Cup contest for third place. Considering the greatest teams in the world battle for four years to simply qualify for the World Cup, finishing third is certainly an impressive achievement. But try telling that to either of the teams that lose this contest on Saturday, July 12, in Brazil. That will mean back-to-back losses, possibly for the host country. After a devastating 7 – 1 loss to Germany, Brazil’s players and followers are still a little shell-shocked. Netherlands lost in a penalty shootout against Argentina after two hours of scoreless play, but a loss here would erase any memories of the outstanding play they have evidenced thus far. The consolation game for 3rd takes place Saturday at 4 PM Eastern time, and will be shown on ESPN. Brazil is the heavy favorite in this Saturday’s consolation World Cup game.
Brazil Netherlands World Cup Odds and Betting Lines
Brazil is currently showing as a -175 favorite at Bovada in spread betting action over the Netherlands, who offer some value at +145. On the money line, Brazil is just +110, and the Netherlands squad is +225. A draw in that contest is currently showing +275. The current over / under on the total goals scored by both teams is 3. Bovada is offering 65 team and 13 player proposition bets on the consolation game matchup, including specialty bets and combos. For instance, if you believe that Brazil’s Fred will score first and his team will win by a score of 2 – 1, you can currently receive 40 / 1 odds on that wager. If you believe the game will result in a 1 – 1 draw and that the Netherlands Arjen Robben will score first, 33 / 1 is being offered on that combination. Talented Brazilian scorer Hulk stands at 6 / 1 odds as the first player to score a goal, with Robin Van Persie of the Netherlands currently standing at 11 / 2 for that same proposition. World Cup betting at Bovada currently lists more than 270 possible player and team bets for this weekend’s World Cup action wrap-up.