Before the World Cup begins, there are countless levels of anticipation and excitement for one of the most watched sporting events in the entire world. And now, after a month of games, we have the final four teams that will compete for the 2014 World Cup. Here is a look at the two games that will determine who plays for the tournament championship and the teams representing their countries.
Brazil vs. Germany – July 9
Brazil came into this tournament with the weight of the world on their shoulders. Not only are they one of the top-ranked teams in the world, but they also have the expectations bestowed upon them for being the team that is hosting the tournament. Brazil hasn’t had much trouble thus far, though they did tie with Mexico in Group play and went to penalty shots in the second round against Chile. However, the biggest problem that the Brazilians may have now is that they lost superstar Neymar in their win against Columbia. Another concern may also be that team captain Thiago Silva received his second yellow card of the tournament in their last game, so he’ll be sitting out against Germany.
As for the Germans, they advanced from a Group of Death that included Portugal, the United States and Ghana. After Group play, the Germans beat Algeria, 2-1, and France, 1-0. It’s been 18 years since the Germans last won a World Cup, but this year could be their best chance as they face off a Brazilian team that will be without two of their biggest stars. This will be just the third time that Brazil and Germany have met in the World Cup, with the last two games both going to the Brazilians.
Brazil and Germany both stand at 13/5 odds to win the World Cup this year and they’ll be one step closer after the two play one another on Wednesday.
Argentina vs. Holland
The Netherlands is looking for their second-straight World Cup final appearance, as they hope to avenge their loss to Spain in 2010. The Netherlands started this year’s tournament with one of the most impressive wins in recent memory over the Spaniards. They certainly haven’t stopped the ball from rolling, despite having trouble with Costa Rica in the quarterfinals. The Dutch will continue to rely on their offensive attack from Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben, both of which have been staller in the tournament thus far.
The person who has the most pressure on them in this tournament could be none other than Lionel Messi. Hailed by many as the best player in the world, Messi has been leading his Argentinian team as they hope to win their first World Cup since 1990. The bad news for the Argentinians could be that they will likely be without Angel di Maria after he sustained an injury in their quarterfinal game against Belgium. Argentina hasn’t lost at all in this World Cup, but the game against the Netherlands will certainly be their toughest challenge yet. That said, Messi and Argentina are still favored at 7-5 to win in this particular game. Before the game starts, be sure to check back with sportspicks.com handicappers for insight, as well as for further details for the World Cup championship game.
Not only is Argentina favored in their game against Holland, but they also have the best odds to win the entire tournament. They sit at 12/5, while Holland is at 7/5.
From 32 to 4, two of these teams will advance to the World Cup and play for the illustrious trophy next weekend.