The tension is rising for Mexico and New Zealand fans as their nations’ hopes of qualifying for the World Cup rest on their performance in their two legged play-off clash.
For the first leg the Mexicans play host and are given 1/6 favouritism to win the match, while the draw is priced at 11/2 with the Kiwis the 13/1 long shots for victory.
There’s also a money back special to take advantage of with bwin as, if there are over 4.5 goals in the game, losing bets on the correct score market will be refunded.
So, using a potential goal-fest as a betting safety blanket, backing the hosts to prevail 2-1 at 35/4 looks wise.
Both teams have scored in all bar four of Mexico’s last 14 matches.
Since the start of the Confederations Cup last summer, Mexico have lost virtually all ability to keep a clean sheet, keeping just three in their last 13 games.
Thankfully though, their attacking acumen has remained intact and as a result 10 of the last 14 Mexico matches have seen both teams score.
New Zealand have only lost three games by a margin of three or more since the 2009 Confederations Cup.
The All Whites surprised many at the 2010 World Cup in picking up three draws in a group that contained Italy, Slovakia and Paraguay but they’d finely tuned their tough-to-beat mentality some time beforehand.
Spain’s 5-0 victory over them in the 2009 Confederations Cup was the first of just three New Zealand losses by a three or more goal margin to date, a span that includes 35 internationals.
The visitors have only beaten one side from inside the world’s top 100 in 12 games.
Despite all their pluckiness, New Zealand haven’t claimed many victories over Fifa’s top 100 ranked sides.
In fact, their 1-0 away win over Honduras in 2012 is the only time they’ve managed to do so in the last 12 matches with the world’s double-digit rankers.