While many sports fans and some sports writers do not find soccer as exciting as some of the popular professional sports played in the U.S., billions of fans worldwide have made it the most popular sport played.
The World Cup is the most viewed sporting event in the world. An estimated 715 million people watched the 2006 World Cup final.
Over 3.17 million people attended the 64 matches during the South Africa World Cup in 2010.
It is expected that the total handle for the World Cup tournament will be over $335 million. On some online sportsbooks, betting limits are expected to reach $1 million for the final.
The World Cup in Brazil started June 12 and now has just two teams remaining. Sunday’s championship match will feature Europe against the Americas, when Germany faces off against Argentina.
Odds makers on Bovada and topbet have made Germany a big favorite in the title match after they destroyed host Brazil 7-1 in their semifinal match on Tuesday.
Argentina booked its ticket to the final with a 0-0 (4-3) win over the Netherlands on Wednesday in a match that was decided by penalties.
On betonline and sportsbook.com Germany opened at 11 to 10 while Argentina is currently 5 to 2. A draw in regulation is sitting on 21 to 10.
In goal spreads, Germany is laying a half goal at +120 and Argentina is on -140 with a cushion of a half goal. The total for the match is sitting on 2 goals with the OVER at -120 and the UNDER on +100.
For an outright win, meaning extra time and penalties are counted, Germany is chalk at -150 and Argentina is +130.
A reminder to all those who like Germany in this match; no prior European squad has won the coveted World Cup when played in the Americas.
The tournament started in 1930 in Uruguay and since then there has been seven World Cups held in the Americas and the Europeans have yet to win one.
This is the third final in the World Cup between Argentina and Germany. The 1986, Argentina was victorious over Germany 3-2 in Mexico City. In 1990, in a rematch, the Germans enjoyed their revenge by defeating Argentina 1-0 in Rome.
The Germans looked unbeatable in their match on Tuesday against Brazil. The powerful offense that produced 7 goals was led by Thomas Müller, Miroslav Klose and Toni Kroos.
However, the defense led by Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, and Philipp Lahm shut down the Brazil front line.
Argentina is led on offense by one of the best if not the best player in the world Lionel Messi. Against the Netherlands, Messi was contained for most of the match, but his coaches will plan a strategy where that will not happen in Sunday’s final.
I like Germany 2-1.