Mar 30, 2022; San Jose, Costa Rica; (EDITORS NOTE: Photo is for use by U.S. and Canadian Customers Only) Luca de la Torre of the United States in action with Costa Rica’s Carlos Martinez at Estadio Nacional. Mandatory Credit: Mayela Lopez/Reuters via USA TODAY Sports
Last place at the World Cup is at stake in a playoff in Qatar at 2:00 pm ET on Tuesday
Costa Rica finished fourth in CONCACAF qualifying while New Zealand won the Oceania section
See all the odds and best bets for Costa Rica vs New Zealand in the World Cup Qualifying Playoffs
The last World Cup qualifying place will be decided in Costa Rica vs New Zealand on Tuesday.
The teams meet in the Intercontinental playoff in Doha, Qatar – the host nation for the finals in November.
Costa Rica is hoping to qualify for its third successive World Cup. It was a quarter-finalist in Brazil in 2014.
Costa Rica vs New Zealand Odds
Odds as of June 13 at Barstool Sportsbook. Be sure to check out these BetRivers bonuses as well before betting on this match
Meanwhile, New Zealand has previously competed in the World Cup Finals in 1982 and 2010. The Ticos are -129 favorites in Tuesday’s World Cup odds as you can see in the table above. Meanwhile, the All Whites are long outsiders at +460 odds.
Over/Under & Spread
With there being such a big gulf between the teams, the total goals prop offer for there to be four or more strikes is attractive at +475 (Over 3.5).
Meanwhile, the spread option for Costa Rica to win by three goals or more is also compelling at +375 (Asian Handicap -1.75).
There is a huge advantage for Costa Rica beyond the fact that it has been at the past three finals.
During the past four years, it has played 30 competitive matches ahead of the clash of Costa Rica vs New Zealand.
By contrast, New Zealand has played just five competitive games in a significantly weaker qualifying section comprising of lowly-ranked Pacific nations.
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— Reuters (@Reuters) June 13, 2022
The meeting of Costa Rica vs New Zealand will take place at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in the Qatari capital.
It will kick off at 2:00 pm ET.
Costa Rica vs New Zealand Prediction
At Barstool Sportsbook, Costa Rica is a wide favorite to win at -129. Meanwhile, New Zealand is priced at +460. The draw after 90 minutes is at +220.
It looked like Costa Rica would struggle to advance beyond the CONCACAF qualifying group after it won just one of its opening seven games.
However, it then won six of its final seven games to claim the playoff place.
This run included four straight wins on the run-in against Jamaica, Canada, El Salvador, and the USA.
Meanwhile, New Zealand won all three of its Oceania qualifying group games – scoring 12 times and conceding just once.
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— New Zealand Football (@NZ_Football) June 10, 2022
It then won 1-0 in a semi-final against Tahiti.
Following that, there came a 5-0 thrashing of the Solomon Islands in the final – which secured the nation’s place in the play-off of Costa Rica vs New Zealand.
These teams have met once before ahead of Costa Rica vs New Zealand in the World Cup play-off.
The collision of Costa Rica vs New Zealand pits the fourth-placed nation from the North and Central American federation – CONCACAF – against the winners of the Oceania qualifying tournament.
We speak to the three All Whites looking to pull off an Italian job, a history-making heist for @NZ_Football against Costa Rica! @1NewsNZ pic.twitter.com/N2kSPIuOm6
— Chris Chang (@ChrisChang) June 12, 2022
That was in 2007 in a friendly when Costa Rica was a 4-0 winner at home.
Costa Rica has a further advantage in that it has been involved in competitive matches this month ahead of the World Cup play-off.
In the CONCACAF Nations League, it won 2-0 away in Panama last week – and following that, it secured a 2-0 win at home against Martinique.
Costa Rica vs New Zealand Statistics
*Statistics from CONCACAF Qualifying Third Round (Costa Rica) and Oceania Qualifying (New Zealand) including play-offs.
New Zealand, meanwhile, has played two friendlies.
It lost 1-0 against Peru in Barcelona on June 5 and then drew 0-0 with Oman in the Gulf last Friday in preparation for Costa Rica vs New Zealand.
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Anthony Contreras to Score Odds
Unsurprisingly, the first three players favored to score are in the Costa Rica line-up.
The leading contender is Anthony Contreras. The 22-year-old has scored twice in six appearances for his nation – with both goals coming in the World Cup qualifying tournament.
The second favorite is Joel Campbell at +210. The former Arsenal player spent last season on loan at Monterrey in Mexico’s Liga MX.
He has scored 24 times in 116 appearances for his country.
Johan Venegas is the third favorite at +220. He has 11 international goals in 88 appearances.
New Zealand’s Auckland-born Chris Wood of EPL side Newcastle United is the fourth favorite at +300.
He has an impressive international record of 33 goals in 67 appearances ahead of Costa Rica vs New Zealand.
Costa Rica vs New Zeland Line-Ups & Injuries
Costa Rica potential line-up: Navas; Martinez, Duarte, Calvo, Oviedo; Borges, Tejeda; Torres, Ruiz, Fuller; Campbell
Costa Rica injuries: Gamboa, Matarrita, Ortiz.
New Zealand potential line-up: Marinovic; Payne, Smith, Pijnaker, De Vries; Stamenic, Tuiloma, Bell; Just, Wood, Rogerson
New Zealand injuries: Singh, Thomas
Costa Rica vs New Zealand Pick
Costa Rica has an impressive World Cup record after being at four of the last five tournaments. It will, in conclusion simply be too strong for New Zealand on this occasion.
Pick: Costa Rica -1.75 Asian Handicap (+375)