World Cup Final: Germany v Argentina

WE WON’T be treated to the Brazil versus Argentina World Cup final that so many neutrals were looking forward to, after Germany crashed the party in some style on Tuesday.

It’s been a tournament of two halves with the group stages providing goal after goal and the knockout stages seeing teams shut up shop – Brazil excepted. Half of the 14 knockout games went to extra-time, the most since 1990.

Both defences set to be on show on Sunday have been excellent and it’s hard to envisage a repeat of the 1986 final that Argentina won 3-2. If buying or selling total goals isn’t your thing – they are pitched at 2.1-2.3 – then selling Match Goal Rush at 25 might appeal.

Points are awarded as follows, 0 goals = 0 pts; 1 goal = 10 pts; 2 goals = 20 pts; 3 goals = 33 pts; 4 goals = 50 pts; 5 goals = 70 pts; 6 or more goals = 100 pts. You would need at least three goals to fly in to make a loss.

If you have a strong fancy on what team will be holding aloft the iconic gold trophy, then the Outright Index is the best way to make a profit. Germany can be bought at 90 and will make up 100, a 10 times stakes profit, for winning. Argentina can be bought at 86, giving you potential returns of 14 times your stake. But bear in mind losers will only make up 75.

And both sides can be bought at 2 to win the tournament on penalties, with 25 pts awarded to the winner if this scenario happens.