Argentina may boast three of the most feared forwards in the global game supplied by one of Europe’s leading locksmiths, but their route to the World Cup final has been far from entertaining.
They’ve been handed a price of 13/5 to best 21/20-rated Germany following their six-match stumble into the Maracana showpiece and there’s sure to be plenty of Albiceleste opposition given die Mannschaft’s 7-1 mullering of Brazil last time out.
But, despite the discrepancy in their semi-final showings, dreary, humdrum, arduous Argentina can still be crowned world champions; here’s why they should be backed:
Overall, Germany haven’t been that much better than their final foes.
Take those last-game-tinted specs off and consider the tournament as a whole.
Joachim Low’s men bashed a Brazilian side who broke new ground in defensive ineptitude and Portugal will cite the 37th-minute dismal of Pepe as mitigation for their 4-0 rollicking in match one.
Agriculture took precedent over artistry when they squeaked victories over the USA and France, while their two stalemates with African duo Ghana and Algeria could’ve conceivably ended in defeat.
No European side has ever won a World Cup in the Americas.
Argentina’s exploits this summer have had a greater impact in quelling sleeplessness than counting any number of sheep ever did, but history says they’ll emerge victorious on Sunday.
Be it in North, South or Central America, no European participant has ever prospered in a transatlantic World Cup.
Five have contested finals and all have failed, with all bar Italy in 1994 conceding at least three goals in the process.
The swinger of the sledgehammer scarcely scoops the silverware.
As we’ve already explained (click here in case you missed the 411), the World Cup annals are chock-full of instances where inflicting footballing GBH (a great, big hammering) proves portentous, especially concerning the Germans.
They’ve administered two of the biggest hidings in the tournament’s history (6-0 Mexico in 1978, 8-0 Saudi Arabia in 2002) prior to stuffing the Selecao, but failed to go on to lift the trophy after doing so.