1. Goals. We love 'em, and these two sides make 'em. Argentina has 11 in four matches; Germany has 9.
2. National history. The two teams played the only identical back-to-back Finals in Cup history: Argentina beat (West) Germany in 1986, and Germany responded with a win over Argentina 1990.
3. Immediate history. Last World Cup, Germany beat Argentina on penalties and a melee ensued. Sweet.
4. Trash talk. Bastian Schweinstager called out the Argentines for being bad sports. Maradona responded by mocking Schweinstager in a hokey fake-German accent. Gotta love that guy.
5. Oh, and if you haven't heard by now, as recently as the teams' pre-Cup friendly, Diego Maradona thought that Thomas Mueller was a ball-boy.
I still say Argentina 3, Germany 2, but this thing could go in a million different directions. The psychic German octopus, Paul, for instance, has gone with Germany. (If you had a psychic octopus, wouldn't you name him "Paul"?).
I'll only be disappointed if it winds up in penalty kicks (sadly plausible) or if Diego fails to celebrate a goal by leaping, fatly, into the arms of an assistant (fortunately inconceivable).