Costa Rica - New Zealand

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World Cup Qualification: Final

Costa Rica has been playing great football for the last few years and the team has quality players from leading European competitions. In the FIFA ranking they are on the 31st place. Costa Rica is used to winning their last matches, they recently beat USA and Canada as well as Jamaica. Costa Rica is simply a force to be reckoned with and will go for a World Cup spot.

They will face New Zealand, who are also used to winning quite a lot lately. But their matches often against the island countries of Oceania are not of such quality. In fact, once a higher quality opponent comes, it's not so glorious. The position in the FIFA rankings also says something about the quality and we find them as high as 101st.

The Costa Rican players will probably dominate the game, it is a very important game, so they will come out in full power and go for the win. The quality of the teams will show and I think the match will end at least 2-0 or 3-1. Costa Rica is the clear favourite for the match. I'm going for the higher odds and will play this handicap given the odds.

My bet:
Asian Handicap: Costa Rica -1.5 @ 4.37
 
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I agree I bet on Costa Rica win too.

New Zealand has only Chris Wood, striker from Newcastle United, but Costa Rica has rich experience in their squad - Navas, Borges, Ruiz, Campbell...
Costa Rica is simply more used to big matches in comparsion with NZ, the quality difference shouldn't be big but still on Costa Rica's side.

Good luck 🍀 🚀
 
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Costa Rica is the favourite, but as yesterday's penalty shootout by Australia over Peru showed, paper predictions may mean nothing. Monday's match ended goalless after 120 minutes and there won't be many goals today.

New Zealand played two preliminary matches before the playoff and didn't score, while conceding only once (Peru 0-1, Oman 0-0). The only capable goal scorer in team is Chris Wood playing Premier League for Newcastle. He was also the top scorer of the Oceania Zone qualifiers with five goals, but the All Whites have no competition in that zone.

Costa Rica is facing much better opponents in Central America and will be looking for their fifth World Cup appearance in the last six tournaments. They missed out on direct qualification due to a worse score, as they were poor in the finishing, scoring only 13 goals in 14 games. They had a poor preparation in the Nations League, in which they beat Martinique 2-0 but lost to Panama 0-2.

Prediction:
Under 1.5 Goals @ 2.06
 

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