Two teams with World Cup dreams throw down against each other on Tuesday, June 14 when New Zealand and Costa Rica face-off in Qatar. The winner joins Spain, Germany, and Japan in Group E. The loser heads home and must wait for the next World Cup cycle. With so much on the line, both teams will leave it all on the pitch. Keep reading for FIFA World Cup Betting Odds, analysis, and a free pick for New Zealand versus Costa Rica.
Costa Rica vs New Zealand Betting Analysis | FIFA World Cup Odds
FIFA World Cup Qualification Play-offs: Costa Rica vs New Zealand Betting Info
- When: Tuesday, June 14 at 2:00 pm ET
- Where: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
Why New Zealand will beat Costa Rica
New Zealand has won 3-of-5 with a loss and a draw. The loss and the draw happened in international friendly matches, games designed to help New Zealand prepare for this. If we go back to New Zealand’s last 3 meaningful matches, we see that the underdog in this prevailed in all 3.
New Zealand Last 5
- D – 0-0 vs. Oman
- L – 1-0 vs. Peru
- W – 0-5 vs. Solomon Islands
- W – 1-0 vs. Tahiti
- W – 7-1 vs. New Caledonia
New Zealand Predicted Starting Lineup
- De Jong
Why Costa Rica will beat New Zealand
Costa Rica shows just a single loss, 2-0 versus Panama, in their last 5 matches. Los Ticos won their other 4 matches, including beating a couple of strong CONCACAF teams in Canada and the United States. One of the best goal keepers in the world, Keylor Navas will be in the net. Top teams have trouble getting the ball past Navas. He should have fantastic match versus New Zealand.
Costa Rica Last 5
- W – 2-0 vs. Martinique
- L – 2-0 vs. Panama
- W – 2-0 vs. United States
- W – 1-2 vs. El Salvador
- W – 1-0 vs. Canada
Costa Rica Predicted Starting Lineup
Final Betting Analysis: Costa Rica vs New Zealand
In this match, everything is on the line. New Zealand and Costa Rica are fighting for a World Cup spot.
Nobody believes either team will finish first or second in Group E, not after having to face Spain and Germany, but that’s okay. Securing a World Cup spot is massive for both nations.
Both teams are playing well enough to win this. But of the two, the chalk is the better overall squad.
Costa Rica didn’t just beat the United States, they dominated the Americans. Los Ticos also beat Canada, one of the best teams in the CONCACAF.
New Zealand did win 3 straight before the 2 friendly contests. But the three teams New Zealand beat aren’t close to having the talent that Canada or the United States has.
Unless Costa Rica implodes, they should win. Los Ticos is a solid soccer team. Costa Rica stepped it up versus the United States the last time they were in a must win situation.
CR will again step it up. Only this time when they do, they will secure a spot in the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
FIFA World Cup Qualifying Pick: Costa Rica