Germany are no doubt the favourite going into the World Cup Finals for a few reasons and some of them actually the wrong reasons. The wrong reasons why Germany is the favourite is because they beat the host team, which was the favourite to win it all and they were ruthless with the final score of 7-1 making it the worst defeat by Brazil ever. That images of Germany ripping apart Brazil have suddenly swayed the public opinion of Germany being a greater threat than Argentina.
One reason that people believe in Argentina is because they have Lionel Messi who is a 4 time world player of the year and everyone knows how good he is. For that reason alone, Argentina were a favourite to win the tournament but when you take him out, Argentina still have a solid team but the power of Messi is hard to ignore. He has too many fans and everyone believes he is the type of player that will win a game on his own.
Germany: Consistent and intimidating
In the last 4 World Cups, Germany have been in the finals twice which includes 2014 and were semin-finalists 2 other times while they won the 3rd place matches on top of it. This team is the most consistent out of all football nations as they have scored the most goals, made the most semi-finals appearances as well to go with their 3 World Cup victories. Germany have won a lot of games over the past 4 world cups and some of them have been by large scores over top quality teams that includes this year 4-0 over Portugal, 7-1 over Brazil and in previous tournaments 4-0 over Argentina and 4-1 over England in 2010 which features similar players to this year. They don't have the global superstars but I think it is safe to say that many coaches would pick this team over other teams that feature star players like Portugal, Argentina and Brazil which obviously feature Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar.
Just naming the Germany players speaks quality: Muller, Ozil, Khedira, Schurrle, Klose, Podolski, Gotze, Kroos, Mertesacker, Lahm, Boateng, Neuer. This is an all-star lineup.
Argentina are at a serious disadvantage in this tournament and in this finals game.
The Messi effect: Yes we all know Lionel Messi can win a game but when a team has a star player like this that can severly influence a game, it becomes part of their game plan to suffocate that player. The same can be said about players like Neymar and Ronaldo who had some numbers to go with their tournaments but not all games they were able to shine and were shut out effectively. Messi is going to be the #1 target in this game. If he can't score then it could mean lights out for Argentina.
Where's the coaching? Alejandro Sabella is the coach of Argentina but that has been a problem for the team over the last few world cups. High quality teams and players but poor results. At least getting to this finals says more than previous teams but the road to the finals hasn't been a steady one. Favourites to win their group, they did but it wasn't very convincing. Messi does have 4 goal sand 1 assist in the tournament but the team just hasn't looked great and they don't seem to have much of a strategy other than to not lose. At least they don't concede too many goals but they really need to consider themselves lucky to be this far.
If that wasn't enough, the Netherlands team seriously knocked around their players with players getting hit in the head or enduring tough tackles or hits especially Mascherano.