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2014 World Cup final tips – Mats Hummels 28/1 to break deadlock

Hummels scored as part of a 4-0 thrashing of Portugal

Hummels has scored twice in this World Cup for Germany and offers a threat from set pieces

The 2014 World Cup could be a cagey encounter that is decided from a free-kick or corner. Step forward Mats Hummels who scored the only goal of the game when Germany played France in their quarter final.

The Borussia Dortmund central defender has been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer and he attracts the eye at 28/1 with bet365 to break the deadlock against an Argentina defence which hasn’t been breached since they came through to the knockout stage.

La Albiceleste are supposed to be weak from a defensive point-of-view although clean sheets have been enjoyed against the likes of Iran, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands, meaning that Germany might have to profit from a set piece.

Hummels scored as part of a 4-0 thrashing of Portugal and was also on target with a header against Les Bleus, with the defender likely to be coming forward when his team win free-kicks and corners.

It’s no surprise to see Lionel Messi head this particular betting market although the Barcelona man has failed to score in any of his past three matches, with Thomas Muller a more attractive prospect at odds of 6/1.

The Bayern Munich man has already notched five goals during this World Cup, starting off with a hat-trick against the Portuguese and he could be the man for the big occasion here, with his finishing superior to other players in the attacking trident such as Mesut Ozil.

Toni Kroos is a 16/1 chance and scored twice against the hapless Brazilians, the same as Andre Schurrle who is a much shorter price although it will be the former who takes to the pitch for this game.

Ozil is a 14/1 poke and was actually Germany’s top scorer in qualifying although the Arsenal man missed a sitter towards the end of the match against the Brazilians.

Mats Hummels @ 28/1 with bet365
Thomas Muller @ 6/1 with Paddy Power

All odds were correct at time of posting.