The prospect of a World Cup Final does some strange things to people. That’s going purely on the evidence of this special edition of Stupid Punt.
A lot of it seems centred on Germany’s annihilation of Brazil. While some people might be tempted to think that was a once in a lifetime event that we’re unlikely to see again, other people have gone the other way and said ‘I reckon it’s going to happen again just five days later’. We’ll see how it all works out.
The Punting Hall of Fame awaits for any one who manages to click a monster punt, and here are four of the most outrageous bets on the World Cup Final tonight. There could have been a lot more.
Correct Score: Germany to win 10-0
16 punters are on at 425/1
- After the demolishing they handed out to Brazil, it’s not completely out of the question, but it’s on the borders of the question, particularly in view of the fact Argentina can actually defend.
- Germany’s biggest ever win was a 16-0 victory over the Russian Empire in 1912.
- Argentina’s biggest defeat is by five goals. It has happened three times most recently in Bolivia in 2009
Correct Score: Argentina to win 10-0
One punter is on at 500/1
- This person clearly saw what Germany did to Brazil and thought ‘this isn’t all that impressive – I’d say Argentina will do exactly the same thing to Germany’.
- Argentina have won five of their six games at this World Cup by one goal margins, with the other being the semi-final penalty shoot-out win over the Netherlands.
- Argentina’s biggest win over Germany is a 3-1 victory. It has happened twice, most recently in a 2012 friendly.
To score a hat-trick: Mats Hummels
Six people have it backed at 500/1
- For a centre-back, Hummels has been in good goal-scoring form. He’s scored two goals so far from five games at the World Cup. A hat-trick in the final is another matter.
- There has only ever been one hat-trick in a World Cup Final – Geoff Hurst’s in 1966.
- Hummels has scored four international goals for Germany from 35 caps.
Scorecast: Philip Lahm to score first and Germany to win 8-0
One punters is on at 3000/1
- Lahm has shown his goalscoring prowess with a few crackers for club and country over the years, but overall, his goalscoring feats are low. He has scored five goals in 112 games for Germany. That form is positively prolific in comparison to his Bayern record where he has scored eight goals in nearly 350 appearances.
- Germany do have an 8-0 World Cup win to their name. But it didn’t come in a final. It was against Saudi Arabia in the group stage of the 2002 tournament.