The stage is set for the 2014 World Cup final. Germany, a European powerhouse, will take on the host’s neighboring country Argentina. The history is on the side of Argentina as Lionel Messi tries to cement his legacy with the crown. However, the play on the field is in the favor of Germany as they look to make history on Sunday. On the surface this matchup comes down to history vs. current form.
It is well documented that European clubs do not win in South America. The 1978 World Cup held in Argentina was won by the host nation. Every World Cup held in South America has been won by a country on the continent. Even the tournaments held in Mexico and the United States have been won by a South American country. Argentina will have their supporters there in full voice with somewhat of a home-field advantage.
Germany has not lost in this World Cup. They had one tie against Ghana and three matches were decided by one goal. However, they are clicking right now. They are playing like a team. Brazil gave them acres of space in the 7-1 trouncing, but the finishing was there. Germany made it look easy. They are the most effective team based on shots vs. goals scored.
The teams have faced off before in the final of a World Cup. The series is tied 1-1 with a grudge match on Sunday. What wins out, form or history? The favorite will be Germany as the odds makers have Germany laying +120 against Argentina’s +240. However, anything can happen in a World Cup final.