IT'S been a marathon rather than a sprint but overall punters have fleeced the bookies even if it's been with the help of moneyback offers.
Bet365 alone handed back £10 million after 10 0-0 draws and that stat is amazing when you consider the goal-laden start to the tournament.
Germany and Argentina have been involved in 0-0 draws after 90 minutes during the tournament but hopefully we'll finish on a high with a few goals in an action-packed game.
That's not a given though. Brazil 2014 has been a mixture of boring and brilliant and the two semi-finals were in stark contrast to each other.
While Germany bulldozed Brazil with 7-1 trouncing, Argentina and Holland played out the worst 120 minutes of football I think I’ve seen.
In the end Argentina edged a nervy penalty shootout and will have to play better to have any chance against Joachim Low’s forward-thinking stars. Germany haven’t been outstanding the whole tournament but confidence will be at an all-time high.
I tipped Argentina on the anteposts at 7-2 but switched allegiance to Germany after they defeated France in the quarter-finals so it doesn’t matter to me which side wins.
In the group stage Lionel Messi carried the Argentines through but in the knockout phase he has been fairly anonymous with defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano the outstanding performer. Angel di Maria has been the South Americans' other top star and is expected to recover from injury to take his place in the starting line-up.
The possibility of the Argentines cancelling out their opponents the way they did the Dutch can't be ruled out but if Germany manage an early goal we should be treated to a cracker – although Argentina won’t collapse in the same way as their fierce rivals Brazil.
A 1-0 (6-1, McBookie) or 2-0 win (11-1, McBookie) win for Germany is my call.
Messi is first-scorer favourite at 5-1 with Ladbrokes but I’d prefer to be on a German. Five of them netted against Brazil and I tipped Thomas Muller to net first in the semi-finals and I’m standing by the Golden Boot hopeful and Golden Ball shortister at 6-1 with Ladbrokes.
Muller needs one goal to draw level with James Rodriguez at the top of the scoring charts and is 2-1 with Ladbrokes to score at anytime and best odds of 15-2 with William Hill to net two or more according to easyodds.
Messi is Muller's closest rival still in action, with four goals to his name, but the Barcelona man needs two to equal Rodriguez. He is 9-1 through easyodds and Paddy Power to score two or more in the game.
Stan James on are a biggest 4-7 on Colombia's Rodriguez to finish tournament top scorer. Muller is 11-4 with Ladbrokes and Skybet to top the chart with Messi further back at 16-1 through SkyBet.
Alternatives are Toni Kroos, who hit a double against Brazil, at 17-1 with McBookie and Sami Khedira who was on target in a super show. He is 25-1 (various).
And you can’t rule out record World Cup scorer Miroslav Klose who is 7-1 at Ladbrokes. Klose has three goals in his last three appearances for Germany against Argentina. The World Cup goal king is 9-4 with a number of bookies to add to his 16 tournament goals at anytime in the Final.
I tipped Bruno Martins Indi at 12-1 for first card in the second semi and I’ll be on Argentina’s Martin Demechilis at 12-1 with bet365. He was my second choice in the semi and was the second player booked.
Germany have scored more than twice as many goals as Argentina en route to the Final. Argentina have just eight from their six matches, with Germany registering 17 so far. Germany to score two or more in the Final is best odds of 8-5 with Paddy Power.
Argentina are still yet to go behind at any point in the tournament, say easyodds, and are 6-4 with bet365, while Germany are 16-1 to become the first side to turn around a deficit against Argentina and win.
The South Americans have failed to score in the first 90 minutes in two out of three of their knockout matches. Argentina to draw another blank in normal time is 7-5 with Paddy Power.
Germany to win
(7-5, McBookie, BetVictor)
Demechilis first card
Muller to score first
Argentina not to score
(7-5, Paddy Power)