Germany vs Argentina Betting Preview

Brazil is a World Cup 2014 betting favorite at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark this weekend – but only to come out on top in the third-place game at the tournament.

So while the host Brazilians play in the also-ran game against the Netherlands this weekend, their arch rivals from Argentina will be taking on a favored German squad in the championship match.

Powered by their offense, the Germans are the -165 favourites at the sportsbooks for the championship game of the World Cup on Sunday, with Argentina a +135 underdog at Bovada. On the three-way betting line for the game it's Germany at +120, Argentina at +240, and the draw odds at +230.

And the draw odds might attract some interest at the sportsbooks for Sunday, as Argentina tied the Netherlands 0-0 in the semifinals and had to advance on penalty kicks.

Prediction: 2-0 Germany | Matchup Stats | see the latest prop line and alternate spread on that result at Bovada

In fact, Argentina has managed to score just two goals through their first three games of the knockout round, beating Switzerland and Belgium by scores of 1-0 before facing the Dutch in the semifinals.

Germany, on the other hand, has scored 10 goals in the knockout round – a number, however, greatly inflated by their 7-1 win over Brazil in the semifinals. Germany beat Algeria and France by more modest scores in their first two knockout contests – 2-1 and 1-0.

Germany vs Argentina on Sunday could become a head-to-head battle between their top players Thomas Muller and Lionel Messi, and those two highlight some of the World Cup prop odds being offered by the sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark heading into the final.

Muller is at 5/2 and Messi is at 12/1 on the odds at Bovada to claim the Golden Boot as the tournament's top goal scorer, with Muller at five goals and Messi one behind him heading into Sunday's final.

Both of those players, however, still trail Colombia's James Rodriguez, who scored six goals before his team was eliminated from the World Cup – Rodriguez is the 4/9 favourite.

As well, Messi is the +138 favourite to win the Golden Ball as the tournament's top player, with Muller behind him at +300 on that odds list at Bovada. Rodriguez sits at +450.

Meanwhile, in the third-place game on Saturday it's Brazil as the -155 favourite over the +125 Netherlands. The Brazilians were the favourite heading into the World Cup on their own turf, and held that status until losing Neymar to a back injury and getting thumped by Germany in the semifinals.

They'll get a chance to salvage something at the tournament on Saturday.