A berth in the sport's marquee competition is at stake when Costa Rica takes on New Zealand on Tuesday in a 2022 World Cup Qualifying intercontinental final. Costa Rica earned a spot in the match by finishing fourth in the Concacaf North American qualifying group, while New Zealand landed a berth with a 5-0 triumph over the Solomon Islands in the final of the OFC qualifying playoffs. The winner will be placed in Group E with Spain, Germany and Japan.
Kickoff at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar is set for 2 p.m. ET. Costa Rica is the -113 favorite (risk $113 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Costa Rica vs. New Zealand odds, while New Zealand is a +360 underdog. A regulation draw is priced +265, and the over-under for total goals is set at 1.5.
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Eimer knows Costa Rica struggled in the early going of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, winning just once and earning only six points over its first seven matches. But Los Ticos righted the ship during the second half of the schedule as they recorded seven victories and a draw in their final seven contests. Forward Anthony Contreras has appeared in just four games for Costa Rica but is tied for the team lead with two goals after scoring in each of the side's last two outings.
The expert also knows New Zealand's offense has been on fire, producing a total of 17 goals over its last four matches. The club is paced by forward Chris Wood, who has registered five goals in four World Cup Qualifiers. Defender Bill Tuiloma is second on the team with three tallies after scoring twice in the blowout victory against the Solomon Islands.
Eimer has taken an in-depth look at the Costa Rica vs. New Zealand matchup and locked in his best bets. We can tell you he is taking the Over on the goal total, and he also has a STRONG play on one team to win and a full breakdown of this World Cup Qualifying clash. You ABSOLUTELY need to see his picks and analysis before making any selections of your own.
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