On Sunday night 22 players will realise a life-long dream by playing in the World Cup final. On Saturday night 22 players will wish they were anywhere else.
Taking this into consideration, the Paddy Power Blog has been focusing our attention on the big one, who will lift the World Cup.
Germany’s demolition of Brazil in the semi-final has marked them out as favourites to beat Argentina at 13/10. The Argentines have been remarkably Germanic in their march to the final and are 5/2 to claim world football’s greatest prize for the third time in their history.
While the term ‘rest-day’ has been outlawed in the halls of Paddy Power HQ, having a couple of days off has allowed us to rummage through the figures for the final.
Here’s a rundown of where the outright money is going for Sunday night’s game (via Paddy Power’s online betting database on Friday afternoon).
London calling …. a German victory
67% of the bets placed in Swinging London have gone on a Germany victory, with 22% going on the Argentines winning in the 90 minutes. That leaves 11% backing the draw; we worked that one out in our heads, you know.
The people of Cambridge, Gravesend and Warrington will presumably be belting out the Deutschlandlied prior to kick off (the name of the German national anthem, we had to Google that one). 100% of the bets placed by the residents of these towns have been on Germany to win.
There’s isn’t too much faith across the UK that Lionel Messi will be able to inspire his charges to victory. Not a single punter in Huddersfield, Hull, or Exeter has backed Argentina to win the match.
Don’t cry for me …. Edgeware, NW London
The majority of the inhabitants of Edgeware in north-west London seem happy enough to forgive the devilish act perpetrated by Diego Maradona’s left hand 1986, with 60% of residents backing Argentina for victory.
Have you ever been to Sunderland and heard the locals speak passionately about the island of Malvinas? No, neither have we but it does seem that the Mackems have a soft spot for the Argentines with 56% of the local punters backing them for victory on Sunday night.
- Time to put your money where your mouth is – Get the latest odds for the World Cup Final here