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2014 FIFA World Cup Final: Germany vs. Argentina predictions

By CBSSports.com Staff | CBSSports.com

Previous predictions: Group Stage | Round of 16 | Quarterfinals | Semifinals

Final Predictions
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Jason
La Canfora
Jeff
Borzello
Tom
Fornelli
Evan
Hilbert
Jerry
Hinnen
Mike
Singer
Germany vs.
Argentina
Argentina
Germany
Germany
Germany
Germany
Germany
Brazil vs.
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Netherlands
Netherlands
Netherlands
Brazil
Brazil
Netherlands

La Canfora's pick - Argentina: Sticking with my pre tournament pick. With no great conviction. ‎After a few quiet matches, Messi gets it done on the biggest stage possible and Germany is over-confident after its epic savaging of Brazil.

Borzello's pick - Germany: Argentina has been less than convincing despite winning every match, but there's a part of me that fears Germany could come in overconfident. At the end of the day, Argentina is very comfortable playing an "ugly" 1-0 or 0-0 match -- and they still have the best player in the world in Lionel Messi. With that said, Germany has been the most impressive team thus far, they have world-class players in every area, and they're experienced. It's a recipe worthy of a World Cup title.

Fornelli's pick - Germany: Anybody who watched the two semi-final matches would have an extremely difficult time trying to justify choosing Argentina over Germany in this match, but it's not just the semi-finals doing the talking here. In a World Cup that hasn't had a dominant side, Germany has always appeared to be the closest thing throughout this tournament.

Hilbert's pick - Germany: There was a point in Germany's win over Brazil Tuesday when the German dominance went from surprising to uncomfortable. It was somewhere between the fourth and fifth goal, I think. Germany has been the class of this World Cup, but it may run into its equal Sunday. Argentina has yet to surrender a goal in the knockout stage and boasts one of the world's best players in Lionel Messi. So it's at least safe to assume the game won't turn into the embarrassing ordeal we saw Tuesday. But Germany will still probably win.

Hinnen's pick - Germany: Yes, strange as it sounds, I'll take the team that scored seven goals in a game over the team that's scored seven of their own -- not counting that fortunate own goal vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina -- through the entire tournament. The Germans have the better goalkeeper, the better defense, the better midfield, and in the white-hot Thomas Muller, a player nearly as dominant as Lionel Messi. So how do you pick against them?

Singer's pick - Germany: Any team that can set a World Cup semifinal record with seven goals scored, from five different players no less, has to be favored. Aside from the obvious chemistry and precision that Germany displayed against Brazil, Argentina hasn't shown any offensive fluidity in its knockout games and you have to wonder whether it could keep pace with German strikers Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose, and its numerous threatening midfielders. Toss in the fact that Argentina has serious injury concerns and it's playing with one less day's rest, and no amount of Messi magic can change Sunday's outcome.

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