New Zealand - Mexico Betting Preview: Home side to come out fighting after poor first leg

With the play-off tie all but over after the first leg, the All Whites host El Tricolor, with our tipster backing the home side to regain some dignity
Mexico have all but secured their place in Brazil next summer after a first-leg demolition of New Zealand in Coyoacan last week.

Miguel Herrera's side romped to a 5-1 victory, with Oribe Peralta netting twice to put the All Whites to the sword. Despite reaching the World Cup in South Africa three years ago, it seems as though Ricki Herbert's side will fall short this time around.

New Zealand come into this match having topped their Oceania qualifying group, winning all six of their group matches. Herbert's side scored 17 goals in the process, conceding only twice. Coral price them at 6/1 (7.00) to cause an upset and win on the night.

Mexico have a proud history of qualifying for World Cups, however, reaching the finals on 14 occasions. Herrera's outfit have qualified consecutively for the World Cup since 1994. They come into this match after scraping through their CONCACAF qualification group, finishing fourth out of six to gain a play-off spot.

Herrera's men only managed 11 points from 10 matches, including only two wins. Coral price them at 4/9 ( 1.44) to complete the job. The same firm price the draw at 10/3 (4.33).

But, despite Mexico's total domination in the first leg, do not back against New Zealand putting up a fight in the return leg. Mexico have struggled away in recent weeks, losing their last three matches to Panama, United States and Costa Rica. On all three occasions, they conceded twice.

A bet that stands out for a small stake in this match is over 1.5 goals from New Zealand at a generous 3/1 (4.00) with Coral. With this bet paying out in their last three home games, where they have scored 11 times, it is certainly worth a small investment.

New Zealand to score over 1.5 goals at 3/1 (4.00) 1pt stake with Coral 

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