WORLD CUP FINAL: Germany vs Argentina
So it all comes down to this. Years of preparation, a months worth of tournament football and now, there are only two teams left – Germany and Argentina. The semi-finals that both sides managed to navigate couldn’t have been further apart. Germany embarrassed the hosts Brazil, ending up with an unbelievable 7-1 victory whilst Argentina squeezed past the Netherlands on penalties. Germany’s Miroslav Klose wrote himself into the history books after his goal against Brazil made him the record goal scorer in World Cup history with 16 goals and he will be desperate to lift the trophy. In Klose and Germany’s way stands Argentina and one Lionel Messi, who could arguably become the greatest player ever if he and his team win the World Cup.
Best odds for Germany vs Argentina
Germany - 2.38 at Betfred who offer a £25 free bet.
Draw - 3.25 at Bet365 who offer a £100 bet.
Argentina - 3.5 at Bet Victor who offer a £25 free bet.
Germany vs Argentina odds and tips
It’s difficult to predict anything to happen in a cup final, especially in the World Cup, but there are some markets to look for.
Lionel Messi to score first is 6.00 at Ladbrokes.
Thomas Muller has been the star player in Germany’s team so far this World Cup and will be looking to win the golden boot at this tournament as he did in 2010.
Muller to score anytime is 3.00 at Bet Victor.
Germany vs Argentina Best Bet
As finals can go either way it may be worth looking at which team will just win the trophy.
Germany to lift the trophy is 1.73 at Paddy Power.
Argentina to lift the trophy is 2.25 at Bet365.
Romelu Lukaku Golden boot odds
Romelu Lukaku is a part of a young and exciting Belgium team who have flown through the FIFA World Rankings due to the many talented players in the team. After signing with Chelsea in 2011, he has enjoyed very successful loan spells at West Bromwich Albion and Everton in the Premier League and is showing a lot of promise to become a world class striker. However, he is still very young and doesn’t possess much international experience. Lukaku’s best odds to win the golden ball come at 33/1 from Winner and BetFred, but also come as low as 22/1 from SkyBet. Whilst he is showing very high levels of potential for his career, his inexperience at international level and even European level could hold him back. However, the World Cup in Brazil provides him with the opportunity to impress, and could open the door towards a very successful international career. This is certain to make him a popular bet in the World Cup Golden Boot market. If you are betting on the World Cup Golden Boot we suggest you take advantage of the Ladbrokes offer where they will refund your bet if any of Suarez, Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar win the Golden Boot. That is on top of their £50 new customer bonus! Click here for more!
Bet on Lukaku to be top scorer at World Cup 2014
Lukaku is high up on the list to be Belgium’s top scorer in the tournament, his odds at 11/4 from BetVictor. Lukaku’s record for Belgium isn’t particularly impressive, but it is only in recent times that Belgium have risen who actually failed to qualify for their previous two World Cups. The star players in the squad could very well mean Lukaku will get more service than he is used to at club level, however whilst playing well in the Premier League his European and international experience is very low. Still, he has every opportunity to score the majority of Belgium’s goals and could be worth a bet. Always be weary of Hazard mind, who has been in exceptional form for Chelsea and has much more European experience than the striker. Click here to view the latest World Cup odds.
Sergio Aguero Golden boot odds
Sergio Aguero has really shown what he is capable of during his years at Manchester City. He will be part of an Argentina squad who will look to go far in the World Cup in Brazil, and alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain in attack goals will surely be aplenty. Aguero’s odds to be top scorer are best at Winner who offer 16/1 , placing him at similar odds to Luis Suarez of Uruguay.
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With Aguero’s agility and goal scoring ability is feared by many, and he will be looking to make even more of a name for himself on the world stage in Brazil. We think he will be up there with the main contenders for the Golden Boot, and you can see these best odds below:
Bet on Sergio Aguero top goalscorer at World Cup 2014
Aguero’s biggest challenge in achieving the golden ball looks to appear from his own attacking team mates, playing alongside Messi and Higuain who are also proven goal scorers for club and country. All three are candidates for achieving the award, but the spotlight will always be on Messi who is expected to score the majority of Argentina’s goals. Aguero’s odds for being Argentina’s top scorer in the tournament are 3/1 from BetVictor, the exact same odds as Higuain but to no surprise higher than Messi. He has certainly made the strikers role his own at Manchester City, and has a goal scoring record to prove he is deemed as world class. He is a likely candidate to be Argentina’s top scorer, as well as to win the golden ball, but his attacking team mates are just as likely meaning it is hard to call. Both Messi and Higuain have stronger international goals to game ratio than Aguero, but his form for Manchester City over the years means he will undoubtedly play a part toward Argentina’s success in the World Cup.
Aguero is also placed at 25/1 from BetVictor to be the player of the tournament. He has the ability, but he will have to the tournament of his life to surpass the many other players aching for the same achievements.
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Luis Suarez Golden Boot odds
Up there as one of the most controversial characters in football history, Luis Suarez looks to return to World Cup football in 2014, provided Uruguay get him there. Last time out in South Africa he proved his villainous qualities as he prevented a Ghana winner crossing the line with his hands, only to watch the resulting penalty miss and celebrate wildly before going down the tunnel. The best odds on Suarez to be top scorer at the World Cup are with Paddy Power who offer 18/1.
Luis Suarez World Cup top scorer odds
The marmite of all footballers, Suarez has proved himself as one of the greatest strikers in the world at Liverpool and Ajax, scoring over 150 goals for the two clubs combined. Despite accusations of diving and suspensions for alleged racism, the 2012/13 season was his best season in England, finishing second to Robin van Persie in the Premier League scoring charts on 23 goals. In the most recent season his form has been even better, helping him to Player of the Year as well as top scorer, despite serving a lengthy suspension at the start of the season.
Bet on Luis Suarez at World Cup 2014
Suarez has a good record at major international competitions. He was integral to Uruguay’s surprise Copa America win in 2011, picking up the Player of the Tournament award for his performances. This year saw him overtake Diego Forlan as Uruguay’s all-time top goalscorer and his record at major international competitions is good.
Although Uruguay are yet to confirm their place for Brazil 2014, if they make it they will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with. Suarez will play a major part in that and has the ability and stats to back up a punt on him as tournament top scorer. A risk but one that would pay off if the best of Luis Suarez turns up.
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Nelson Mandela Bay World Cup Stadium Port Elizabeth
The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is in what is known as the Friendly City. The stadium was expected to be used for the Confederations Cup in South Africa in 2009 but there wre fears that it would not be completed in time so organisers switched to another venue. Embarrassingly for the organisers the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was indeed ready for that tournament and was the first of the purpose built World cup stadia to be completed.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is a stunning looking stadium that overlooks the North End Lake. The Stadium has been nicknamed ‘The Sunflower’ due to the white ‘petals’ on the roof making it look a flower. the pitch was made to be used for both football and rugby and it has had to be watered at 2am every morning because of a heat wave. Get odds for the 2014 World Cup here.
In November 2009 the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium hosted its first international football match, 44, 000 watched a goalless draw between hosts South Africa and Japan. Two weeks later it was used for a Premier Soccer League game between Kaizer Chiefs and Santos.
This stadium gets to host six games from the World Cup Group Stage, the first of which will be Greece against South Korea. Ivory coast v Portugal could decide who gets second place in Brazil’s group and that will be held here as will Germany v Serbia, Chile v Switzerland and the one many England fans will be looking forward to, England v Slovenia. South Africa will play there in the Second Round should they top Group A and the stadium also gets a Quarter Final game and the Third Place Playoff.
Lionel Messi World Cup Betting
Touted as the greatest player in the world, Lionel Messi continues to break records at Barcelona and leave the rest of the world in amazement as he hopes to replicate that form for his country in 2014. This season was yet another sparkling addition to his already outstanding career as he became the first player to ever score against every team in the league in consecutive matches. Winner.com offer the best odds of 8/1 on Messi, and new clients can get a free £25 bet here.
Lionel Messi Golden Boot odds
Messi has an incredible record at Barcelona, scoring over 300 goals in the space of eight seasons, which has seen him move to second in the all-time overall goal scorers list at the club. He notched 46 league goals, six cup goals and eight Champions League goals as he completed a third successive season with over fifty total goals.
Despite his incredible club record, he has always been criticised for his inability to perform to the same standard for his country. Whilst his record is by no means poor with 35 goals from 82 games, many have expected his goal to game ratio to be nearer the goal every other game mark.
He has turned things around in the blue and white of Argentina since the start of 2012, scoring a total of 16 goals, including hat-tricks against Switzerland, Brazil and Guatemala. His one and only World Cup goal came against Serbia and Montenegro in 2006 as he went goalless in the 2010 World Cup, despite watching Gonzalo Higuain bag himself four goals, Carlos Tevez two and Martin Demichellis, Gabriel Heinze and Martin Palermo one each. It was instead his ability to create chances that saw him recognised as one of the candidates for the Golden Ball award.
Messi will undoubtedly have another impressive season at Barcelona that will see him overtake Paulino Alcantara as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer. The one thing Messi’s career is lacking is a World Cup win and this could be his best chance to add that title to his portfolio. Always a candidate for the Golden Boot, he will be one of the favourites yet again in 2014 and this time he seems more likely to deliver.
Lionel Messi betting tips
Lionel Messi has an outside chance of becoming the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot, he certainly appeals from an each way perspective. He appeals even more to be the Player Of The Tournament, his skill and pace will not go unnoticed in what is perhaps a more average Argentina side than we are used to seeing.
Miroslav Klose World Cup Betting
Miroslav Klose seems to like the World Cup. He is the only player to have scored five or more goals in consecutive tournaments. After making his World Cup debut in 2002, Klose went on to net five times finishing second to Brazil’s Ronaldo. Three of those goals came in spectacular fashion from a hat trick during Germany’s 8-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia. Four years later in his homeland, Miroslav once again found his shooting boots as his country marched to the semi-final stage where they were beaten in extra time by Italy. However, Klose’s five goals this time did help him secure the Golden Boot award and to date he has 10 World Cup goals to his name.
Polish-born Klose became eligible to represent Germany through the nationality of his father, but he was a relative late starter in the great scheme of things. Eventually he got his break in 1999 playing for FC Kaiserslautern and it wasn’t long before he was demonstrating the goal scoring ability that led to his first international cap in 2001. Klose scored the winner on his debut in a 2-1 victory over Albania and rapidly became one of Germany’s most feared strikers. So much that Werder Bremen splashed out €5 million for his services in the 2002-03 season. Now at Bayern Munich, Klose helped the Bavarian club to a domestic league and cup double this season, but had to settle for a place on the bench in the 2010 Champions League Final. The striker did enter the fray midway through the second half but lacked the supply he’ll need if he is to thrive again this summer.
Can he become the first player to finish as top goalscorer in consecutive World Cup finals? Well, history might be against him but you can’t rule him out. The Germans always seem to do well in the big competitions and if this trend is to continue they’ll need someone of Klose’s calibre to find the back of the net. Skybet currently offer a generous 33/1 that Miroslav retains the Golden Boot which is certainly worth a small flutter. To finish as his country’s leading goal getter, fair odds of 3/1 are trading which may be worth a larger stake. Lukasz Podolski and Mario Gomez are next best at 4/1 and 7/2 respectively but Klose is probably Joachim Low’s most trusted striker an can repeat his previous fine form by outscoring his team-mates.
Miroslav Klose Golden Boot odds
there is no doubt there are better strikers out there than Klose, but it is dangerous to underestimate his goal threat. Germany aren’t a team of individuals, but are a very effective team where Klose is a real goal poacher. Germany will also no doubtedly do well in the tournament and Klose definitely has excellent each-way claims in the Golden Boot market.
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Portugal World Cup Betting
Portugal may have Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the best player on the planet, but apart from that their team is not filled with stars and they are particularly lacking up front, which is why they scored very few goals when gaining qualification narrowly in a playoff against Bosnia Herzegovina.
Portugal would probably struggle to qualify from the group stage whoever they are drawn against, the fact that they have drawnBrazil and Ivory Coast in their group just makes their task all that bit harder. With three high profile teams, Group G has been dubbed group of death, which makes this group betting one of the most interesting.
They do have an easy game against North Korea, it will probably be their only win of the World Cup and in all probability it will be the only game wher they pick up any points with Brazil and Ivory Coast both likely to beat Portugal.
Best bet on Portugal at the World Cup is Portugal to be knocked out at group stage
Next best bet on Portugal at the World Cup is Portugal to get 3 points in their group