Costa Rica vs. New Zealand Qatar World Cup 2022 Qualifying Parlay at (-110)

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Keylor Navas #1 of Costa Rica kicks the ball during the first half of a 2022 World Cup Qualifying. Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

The final Qatar World Cup qualification match sees Costa Rica and New Zealand go head to head for the first time since a 2007 friendly in which the Costa Ricans won 4-0.

However, there is a lot more on the line this time around with the winning nation advancing to the World Cup.

Despite our parlay being minus money, we are very confident we can cash this World Cup Intercontinental playoff soccer pick, check out who we are siding with in this final World Cup qualification clash.

Costa Rica vs. New Zealand

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 – 02:00 PM EDT at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium

Costa Rica Soccer Analysis

Costa Rica has enjoyed much success in the World Cup in the previous 20 years as they had only ever made the 1990 competition prior to 2002.

Since 2002 they have been to 4 of the previous 5 World Cups (only missing out in 2010).

Costa Rica finished level on points with the United States in their qualification group, they even beat the USA 2-0 on home soil at odds of +330 in the final playoff game.

Whilst Canada, Mexico, and the USA, all automatically made it to the finals. The Costa Ricans now have to play a match against New Zealand in order to make their third World Cup in a row.

They have won 7 of their previous 10 games in all competitions coming into this playoff game, scoring a total of 11 goals, and conceding just a total of 5 goals, keeping a total of six clean sheets along the way.

Costa Rica Roster

This team has a lot of experience with their 36-year-old captain Bryan Ruiz leading the charge as well as 34-year-old Celso Borges running the midfield. Both have played in top leagues around the world.

Their biggest player is without a doubt PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas, he has 80 caps for his country since 2008.

Finally, their main talisman is ex-Arsenal, Villarreal, Real Betis, and Olympiakos striker Joel Campbell.

He has bagged 24 goals in 116 National appearances and was their joined top scorer in the earlier phases of qualification.

New Zealand Soccer Analysis

Despite winning 10 of their previous 15 games in all competitions, it must be noted that they were pre-match favorites in 9 of those 10 games (sometimes at WC odds as low as -700), and the five games they failed to win were chalked down as underdogs.

The Kiwis had a relatively easy qualification to date, but they always do as they are the superior team in the OFC qualification stage of the World Cup. They topped their group featuring Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and New Caledonia.

In the semi-finals, they beat Tahiti 1-0 and made easy work of the Salomon Islands with a 5-0 victory in the final stage of the OFC qualification group.

New Zealand Roster

New Zealand has only ever qualified for two World Cups, Spain in 1982 and South Africa in 2010 where they failed to advance from their groups.

Their biggest profile player is Chris Wood who is valued at an estimated 10 million and currently plays for Newcastle United have been a long-term Burnley FC striker. Wood has scored 33 goals in 66 national appearances.

World Cup Qualifier Parlay Pick

Costa Rica has a lot more experience and came through a much tougher route to get to this stage of the qualification process, for contrast we don’t think New Zealand would have made it this far had they been in Costa Rica’s group.

As we discussed the Costa Ricans are a much more experienced team with many of their players playing at a decent level of football or had done in the past.

Soccer in New Zealand is way down the list of popular sports and for this reason they are not a very strong soccer nation.

Who to Bet On?

We believe the Costa Ricans should get plenty of goalscoring opportunities against this team and should make light work of them.

We are taking over 1.5 match goals and Costa Rica to qualify (just in case it does end 1-1 and go to extra time) but we are predicting a 2-1 win for the Costa Ricans

It could even be 2-0 to them but we have to respect New Zealand’s ability to find the back of the net as they have done so in 9 of their previous 10 games.

Soccer Pick: Costa Rica to Qualify (-333) with BetOnline

Soccer Pick: Over 1.5 Match Goals (-200) with BetOnline

Parlay Pick

  • Costa Rica to Qualify (-333)
  • Over 1.5 Match Goals (-200)

Soccer Pick: Two-Legged Parlay (-110) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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